Say it twice, Bruin fans, because the Pac-12 already has. Bruin senior softball phenom Ally Carda was named the Pac-12 Player of the Year.
Just like last year.
Carda has been the Bruins unquestioned MVP this season, leading the team to a current 45-10 record and a #8 ranking in the country. From the Pac-12 Official Site:
Carda repeats as Pac-12 Softball Player of the Year after leading UCLA both on the mound and at the plate. Through the regular season, she collected a 26-6 record, starting nearly half of UCLA's contests, and posted a 2.28 earned run average, striking out 255 batters in her 187.2 innings pitched. The Elk Grove, Calif., native also hit a .312 clip, scoring 52 runs and hitting 13 doubles, both of which were the second-most for the Bruins. A four-time Pitcher of the Week this year, Carda has earned pitcher of the week honors seven times in her career. She was also named the Louisville Slugger/NFCA National DI Pitcher of the Week on Mar. 10 and was a top-26 finalist for the USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year as well as a top-10 finalist for the Senior CLASS Award. A 2014 NFCA first team All-American, Carda is a two-time first team All-Pac-12 honoree and is also a member of the 2015 USA Softball Women's National Team.
Carda joins Bruin legends Lisa Longaker, Lisa Fernandez, and Stacey Nuveman as the other back-to-back POY winners from Westwood (each of them won the award three times). Natasha Watley, Andrea Duran, Megan Langenfeld each won the award once for the Bruins as well.
If you want to see a LOT of stats, check out her UCLA Bio page. What an awesome career.
In addition to Carda, nine other Bruins were honored by the Pac-12 today
Four of the UCLA award winners were named to the All-Pac-12 First Team, Carda, senior Stephany LaRosa, junior Allexis Bennett and sophomore Delaney Spaulding. LaRosa received her fourth First Team award to become the 26th Bruin to accomplish the feat. Carda's First Team accolade was her third in a row, while it was the first for both Bennett (Honorable Mention in '13 and '14) and Spaulding (Second Team last year). The four First Team awards for the Bruins tied Oregon for the most in the conference.
Sophomore Gabrielle Maurice was recognized on the All-Pac-12 Second Team, while senior Gracie Goulder and freshman Kylee Perez were named Honorable Mention. It is the first All-Pac-12 award for all three players.
Four Bruin freshmen were also honored, as Perez and Maddy Jelenicki were named to the All-Freshman Team, with Johanna Grauer and Selina Ta'amilo receiving Honorable Mention.
In the inaugural year of defensive awards, LaRosa was named to the All-Defensive Team, with Bennett and Carda receiving Honorable Mention.
Double Congrats to Ally as she and her teammates gear up for the start of their playoff run. The Bruins will host the Los Angeles Regional at Easton Stadium on campus beginning this Friday.