Llerena named CCAA Top Pitcher

Four members of Sonoma State University’s softball team were honored in the California Collegiate Athletic Association Awards. 

Amanda Llerena, a sophomore pitcher received the highest honor, being named the CCAA’s Most Valuable Player as the awards were released Friday. Llerena was the leading candidate for this award, as she led the entire conference in games pitched (27), games started (24), innings pitched (159.1), wins (14), strikeouts (119), total amount of batters faced (583), and earned run average (1.80). Llerena is coming out of San Jose, where she attended Prospect High School. Last year, she dominated the conference as well with teammate Samantha Lipperd, who won the award the previous two years.

Among the other three Seawolves to be honored was Megan Konieczka, a senior outfielder, who earned First Team All-CCAA honors along with Llerena. Konieczka had a huge senior year offensively, finishing the year with a .422 batting average, 15 hits, 50 runs batted in, 76 hits, a .772 slugging percentage, a .470 on base percentage, and 22 stolen bases. Her batting average marks only the third time in Sonoma’s softball team history that a batter has finished the season with a batting average over .400. Her home run total also marked a new single season record for Sonoma State, along with topping the list for the single season totals in hits, total bases, and slugging percentage.

Being named to the Second Team All-CCAA was junior first baseman Amanda Rossetta, who finished a fantastic season with a .331 batting average, 49 hits, three home runs, six doubles, 29 runs batted in, and 14 runs. Rossetta is originally from San Jose, and transferred to Sonoma State last year from San Jose City Junior College.

The last, but not least, Seawolf to earn a CCAA award was senior third baseman Hayley Condon, who earned an All-CCAA Honorable Mention after finishing a strong offensive season with a .338 batting average, 14 doubles, two triples, two home runs, 29 runs batted in, 16 stolen bases, and 32 runs. Condon is also a two-time All-Region player. Condon is from Santa Monica, and transferred to Sonoma State from Iowa Lakes Community College.

The last, but not least, Seawolf to earn a CCAA award was senior third baseman Hayley Condon, who earned an All-CCAA Honorable Mention after finishing a strong offensive season with a .338 batting average, 14 doubles, two triples, two home runs, 29 runs batted in, 16 stolen bases, and 32 runs. Condon is also a two-time All-Region player. Condon is from Santa Monica, and transferred to Sonoma State from Iowa Lakes Community College.

Number six in the nation Sonoma State will be participating with the number four seed in the NCAA West Sub-Regional Tournament starting May 8 and will continue through May 10. They will be facing off against the number one seed, third in the nation Cal State Monterey Bay who stand at an impressive record of 44 wins and seven losses. First pitch will be 4:30 p.m. from Arnaiz Stadium in Stockton.