Calif.—The Big West Conference announced its 2014 all-conference teams on
Tuesday afternoon as voted by the league's coaches and three University of
Hawai'i softball players were recognized. Junior first baseman Leisha Li'ili'i
earned her second all-Big West first team honors; freshman shortstop Sarina
Jaramillo was selected to both the second team and the all-freshman squad; and
senior second baseman Jazmine Zamora was named an honorable mention selection.
Li'ili'i had a standout season, hitting a career-high and team-high .401 batting average which ranked No. 3 in the Big West in overall games. She lead Hawai'i with 55 hits, 15 home runs, 39 RBI and 34 walks. She also had team-highs with 15 multiple-hit and eight multiple-RBI games and she had the team's longest hitting streak at 15. Li'ili'i reached base safely in 46-of-50 games this season—including all of the team's Big West games. In conference games, she led Hawai'i hitting .439 (25-for-57) with three doubles, seven home runs, and 19 RBI. She has earned all-conference honors all three seasons, as a freshman, she was selected to the Western Athletic Conference's second team.
Jaramillo came on strong to finish her rookie season strong, hitting .264 (32-for-121) overall and .273 (18-for-66) in Big West games. Overall, Jaramillo scored 15 runs and hit three doubles, a triple, three home runs and drove in 17 runs. On defense, she had a .963 fielding percentage with 89 put-outs and 93 assists at short.
Zamora finished her senior campaign with a .295 batting average both in overall and conference games. On the season, she was 46-for-156 at the plate with four doubles, a triple, four home runs and 11 RBI. She had the team's second longest-hit streak of 10 and had 12 multiple-hit games. It is the second time that Zamora has garnered Big West honors after earned a spot on the first team last season.
The 2014 Big West softball major awards were distributed evenly between the top four teams in the standings. Cal Poly's Sierra Hyland garnered both Big West Pitcher of the Year and Freshman Pitcher of the Year praise while Defensive Player of the Year and Coach of the Year honors went to Long Beach State's Shayna Kimbrough and Kim Sowder, respectively. The honor roll continued with Cal State Fullerton's Missy Taukeiaho claiming Player of the Year accolades and UC Santa Barbara's Kristen Clark earning Freshman Field Player of the Year recognition.