Six Highlanders Earn Softball All-Conference Honors; Hannah Rodriguez Takes Home DPOY

RIVERSIDE, Calif.— The UC Riverside Softball Team left its mark on the Big West this season with its best conference placement, its first postseason appearance, and as of Today its best showing in the Big West All-Conference awards. Six different Highlanders locked down eight different conference honors, including the program’s first Defensive Player of the Year that was won by junior shortstop Hannah Rodriguez. UCR had five student-athletes named to the Big West’s first team, second team, and honorable mention list, which is the most in the program’s DI era.FULL BIG WEST AWARDSDEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Hannah Rodriguez was a lights-out shortstop for the Highlanders this year committing just two errors all season and making breath-taking highlight plays to earn a .989 fielding percentage. The junior did not commit a single error after March 16, closing out the final 26 games perfectly, and added 91 assists and five double plays in her 48 regular season games. With her help the Highlanders collected 14 shutouts, the most by any Big West teams. Rodriguez is the first member of UCR Softball to take home this major conference award.ALL-CONFERENCE FIRST TEAM
Senior center fielder Jenna Curtan collected her third straight First Team honors for the Highlanders after leading the team in all major offensive categories throughout the season and competing at the the top of the Big West’s charts. Over the team’s 55 games this year she ranks 1st on the team in batting average (.379), slugging (.515), OPB (.490), hits (64), doubles (15), runs (47), and total bases (87). Her batting average and OBP were good for 2nd in conference and her hits and runs ranked 3rd.Curtan made history several times this season earning a Field Player of the Week Award and breaking the all-time hits, runs, and doubles record.ALL-CONFERENCE SECOND TEAM
Three Highlanders were named to the conference’s second team: sophomore Emma Ramelot, freshman Hailey Dolcini, and junior Hannah Rodriguez.  …

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