Fleming, Higley and Leonhardt Receive Big West Softball Honors

May 17, 2005

LOGAN, Utah - Sara Fleming and Quela Leonhardt became the first Utah State softball players since 1998 to earn second team all-Big West honors as the league office announced its all-conference team on Tuesday. Leslie Higley also earned all-Big West accolades as she was named honorable mention all-conference. USU's three all-Big West selections is its most honorees since having a similar three named back in 1993. The honors are voted on by the conference's head coaches.

"Having three players honored like this is a real testament to how well the team did this year and how hard these individuals worked," said coach Lonny Sargent. "Once we got the whole team to believe they could win we really saw some great things. All these players will be returning next season and this is an example of where the program is headed."

Fleming, a junior second baseman from Roseville, Calif., led the Aggies this season in home runs (10), doubles (16) and slugging percentage (.620). Her doubles were also tops in the Big West and placed her 24th in the nation in doubles per game (0.31). Fleming's 10 dingers helped her tie Sandy Taylor for USU's single-season home run record and placed her tied for fourth in the conference in that category. She was also fourth in slugging percentage in the conference.

A junior shortstop from Sandy, Utah, Leonhardt led the team in batting average (.322), RBI (29) and on-base percentage (.401). With a .322 average at the plate she became the first Aggie to hit over .300 since Taylor hit .370 during the 2000 season. Her average was good enough for ninth in the conference, while she was also ninth in the in on-base percentage and 10th in RBI.

Higley, a junior from Taylorsville, Utah, becomes the first pitcher since 1993 (DeAnna Earsley, First Team) to earn any recognition from the Big West. Higley finished the season at 14-11 and became the first Aggie pitcher since 1996 to end the season with a winning record, as well as the first 14-game winner since Kelly Martin won 14 games during the 1999 season. Her team-leading 2.95 ERA also marks the first time since 1998 (Tara Thompson, 2.05) an Utah State thrower has garnered an ERA under 3.00. Higley's ERA was also 10th best in the Big West, while she was sixth in wins (14), fourth in appearances (33) and sixth in total innings pitched (152.2).

The trio also combined to help Utah State tally its most wins (23) since 1996 (33) and led it to finishing first in the nation in double plays per game (0.65), as well as ranking 26th in the country in doubles per game (1.4). The Aggies' 34 double plays this season was a new school record, shattering the previous record of 26 set back in 1992.

FIRST TEAM Player School Pos B-T Ht. Year Hometown Meredith Cervenka Long Beach State P R-R 5-7 Senior La Crescenta, CA Robyn Kontra Cal Poly P R-R 5-9 Freshman Valencia, CA Marcel Torres Long Beach State P R-R 5-7 Senior Diamond Bar, CA Erin Myers Cal Poly C R-R 5-11 Senior Redding, CA Jennifer Curtier Pacific 1B L-L 5-7 Sophomore Lancaster, CA Chelsy Stoufer Cal Poly 2B R-R 5-6 Senior Red Bluff, CA Michelle AnunciationPacific SS L-R 5-4 Senior Chino Hills, CA Melissa Sanchez UC Riverside 3B R-R 5-10 Junior Rosemead, CA Lindsey Bashor Cal State Fullerton OF R-R 5-8 Senior Riverside, CA Gina Carbonatto Pacific OF L-R 5-6 Sophomore Lake Stevens, WA Lauren Johnson Long Beach State OF R-R 5-1 Senior Norwalk, CA Marcel Torres Long Beach State UT R-R 5-7 Senior Diamond Bar, CA Tiffany Hoff Cal State Fullerton DP R-R 5-7 Sophomore Vacaville, CA

SECOND TEAM Player School Pos B-T Ht. Year Hometown Jennifer Davis UC Santa Barbara P R-R 5-6 Sophomore Whittier, CA Marissa Marzan Cal State Fullerton P R-R 5-3 Junior Fresno, CA Eva Nelson Cal Poly P R-R 5-9 Senior Salinas, CA Ashlie D'Errico Pacific C R-R 5-5 Senior Lancaster, CA Lindsey Herrin UC Santa Barbara 1B R-R 5-10 Senior Coalinga, CA Sara Fleming Utah State 2B R-R 5-5 Junior Roseville, CA Quela Leonhardt Utah State SS R-R 5-9 Junior Sandy, UT Brittany Putich UC Santa Barbara SS R-R 5-7 Sophomore Whittier, CA Kristi Alvers Cal Poly 3B R-R 5-5 Sophomore Riverside, CA Brandi Gordon Pacific OF L-R 5-5 Senior Redmond, WA Lisa Modglin Cal Poly OF R-R 5-3 Sophomore Simi Valley, CA Jonae Perez Long Beach State OF L-L 5-5 Freshman Moorpark, CA Candice Baker Cal State Fullerton UT R-R 5-8 Sophomore Buena Park, CA Janine Grund Cal State Northridge DP R-R 5-10 Junior El Dorado Hills, CA

HONORABLE MENTION Player School Pos B-T Ht. Year Hometown Leslie Higley Utah State P R-R 5-6 Junior Taylorsville, UT Natalie King Pacific P L-R 6-0 Senior Huntington Beach Jan Moshier Cal State Northridge C R-R 5-9 Junior Kenmore, WA Shannon Brooks Cal Poly 1B R-R 6-0 Sophomore Sacramento, CA Kendra Singley UC Santa Barbara 2B L-R 5-9 Sophomore Irvine, CA Tiffanie Wedell Long Beach State 2B L-R 5-5 Junior Hacienda Heights Jackie Jones Cal Poly SS L-R 5-9 Sophomore Rancho Cordova, Ashley Van Boxmeer Cal State Fullerton OF R-R 5-10 Sophomore Orange, CA Jamie Yee UC Riverside OF L-L 5-1 Junior Milpitas, CA Erin Sigala Cal State Northridge UT L-R 5-9 Sophomore Salinas, CA Sarah Iwata Cal Poly DP R-R 5-4 Freshman Torrance, CA

2005 BIG WEST FIELD PLAYER OF THE YEAR Jennifer Curtier, Pacific

2005 BIG WEST CO-PITCHERS OF THE YEAR Meredith Cervenka, Long Beach State Marcel Torres, Long Beach State

2005 BIG WEST COACH OF THE YEAR Jenny Condon, Cal Poly

2005 BIG WEST FRESHMAN PLAYER OF THE YEAR Jonae Perez, Long Beach State




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