SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – After wrapping up its season over the weekend, the UC Santa Barbara softball team had four student-athletes named to the Big West All-Conference Team, announced by the league office on Tuesday afternoon.
Junior second basemen Sierra Altmeyer and sophomore first baseman Alyssa Diaz were both named to the Second Team while freshman outfielder Sammy Fabian earned Honorable Mention. Both Fabian and freshman utility Maci Fines were selected to the All-Freshman Team.
Altmeyer earned all-conference honors for the third consecutive season after hauling in Second Team honors as a freshman and First Team recognition last year. The San Diego, Calif. native hit .323 (51-for-158) while leading the Gauchos, and ranking fifth in the Big West, with eight homeruns to go along with 31 RBI, 33 runs and 28 walks. With 25 career homeruns, Altmeyer needs just six to tie the UCSB program record of 31 held by Keilani Jennings (2009-13). She tallied 14 multi-hit games for the year and finished with an on-base percentage of .420 and a slugging percentage of .557 to lead the Gauchos.
Diaz, meanwhile, landed on the Second Team for the second consecutive season after batting .325 (49-for-151) with five homeruns, 22 RBI, 26 runs scored with 10 walks and nine doubles. The South El Monte, Calif. native upped her average to .357 (15-for-42) against conference competition and had a season-high 11-game hitting streak once Big West play began.
Fabian burst onto the scene as a freshman en route to Honorable Mention honors and an All-Freshman Team selection. She led the Gauchos in batting average throughout most of the season, finishing with a team-high average of .335 (54-for-161) with 26 runs scored, 11 walks and a team-high nine stolen bases. The Glendale HS product had a season-best 10-game hitting streak at one point during the year and tallied 13 multi-hit games.
Joining Fabian on the All-Freshman Team is Fines, who finished the year with a .290 average (47-for-162) but found a groove against Big West opponents, finishing third in the conference with a .380 batting average (27-for-71) during league play. The Elk Grove, Calif. native hit .444 (16-for-36) over the final 10 games of the season and finished with 11 multi-hit games to go along with a team-high three triples, one homerun, 28 runs, and 10 RBIs.
No. 20 Long Beach State reeled in three of the major honors with Pitcher of the Year in Cielo Meza, Naomi Hernandez as Freshman Field Player of the Year and head coach Kim Sowder sharing Coach of the Year honors with regular season champion Cal State Fullerton head coach Kelly Ford. CSUN's Savannah Horvath was named Player of the Year while Defensive Player of the Year was awarded to Hannah Rodriguez of UC Riverside. Freshman Pitcher of the Year honors went to Brooke Yanez of UC Davis.
UCSB finished the season 20-34 overall and 7-14 in conference and returns the bulk of its lineup after graduating just two seniors in Samantha Lujan and Lena Mayer.