Softball All-Decade Team Revealed

Dec. 30, 2009

Jennifer Davis, 2004-07

Jami Trinidad, 2000-03

Lindsey Herrin, 2004-05

Christine Ramos, 2006-09

Tisha Duran, 2007-08

Julia Tamai, 2001-02

E.J. Lauchland, 2000-03

Leslie Simien, 2001-04

Tiffany Wright, 2006-09

Chantal Pershing, 2002-03

The conclusion of the first decade of the new millennium is just days away and to commemorate it, the UC Santa Barbara Athletics Department will take a look back and honor the athletes who have made the biggest impact on their respective teams over the past 10 years.

It has been a decade that saw a national championship, numerous Big West titles, All-Americans, Players of the Year, record-setting performances and far more victories than defeats.

In a retrospective look, the team sports at UCSB will release the All-Decade Teams - compiling the players who helped make those teams successful from 2000-09.

Sure, there are certain criteria for selecting the starting lineups of these teams. To be considered for the All-Decade Team in his or her sport, a student-athlete must have played the majority of their contests in the past 10 years; student-athletes who spent more time at UCSB to accomplish greater things typically will be given the edge over those who either left early or started late, but it won't rule out transfer students or those who departed for professional careers; while the players selected may have won more awards or had better statistics, the All-Decade Teams don't go solely by what happens between the lines or shows up in the box scores - intangibles play a large role; the idea of the All-Decade Team is to make the best starting lineup of the players who competed for UCSB from 2000-09. Part nine of this 10-part series, which is being released over the final two weeks of 2009, is the UC Santa Barbara softball team.

Over the past decade, UCSB softball has compiled 276 wins, eight winning seasons - including the last seven straight - five seasons with 30 or more victories and has made its first three NCAA Tournament appearances.

Since 2000, eight players have been named to All-Region teams, 47 have been named to All-Big West squads and two coaches have earned conference Coach of the Year accolades.

Many talented players have played in the blue and gold across the past 10 seasons, this is the starting lineup for the All-Decade Team. Here are the picks by position.

Jennifer Davis, 2004-07, Pitcher

The best ace of the decade, Jennifer Davis dominated the circle at Campus Diamond for four seasons. The 2007 Big West Pitcher of the Year, Davis was a four-time All-Big West selection and was an All-West Region Second Team pick as a senior. Davis set UCSB career records for strikeouts (846), which is also a conference record, and career shutouts (23). Her 18 victories in 2006 are tied first for single season victories. Her name is littered throughout the UCSB record books as she ranks second for complete games (86), innings pitched (793.5) and second for victories (61). She also set a school record for strikeouts in a season with 234 batters fanned in 2006. Not just a standout in the circle, she also contributed behind the plate and is tied fifth for career home runs after hitting 19 bombs for the Gauchos.

Jami Trinidad, 2000-03, Catcher

Jami Trinidad is the lone UCSB All-American in school history after earning Second Team honors in 2003. Also an All-West Region First Team and All-Big West First Team selection, Trinidad set school records for single season batting average (.373) and RBI (44) as a senior and now ranks second in both categories. In 2003, her .373 average led the Gauchos and she also posted a team-leading 44 RBI and 57 hits. Her 13 doubles tallied as a senior rank fourth all-time on the UCSB single season top-10 list. In 2002, she posted a team-best 37 RBI and she finished her career ranked second with 125 total RBI. Trinidad also ranks third all-time in doubles (35) and seventh for hits (181), batting average (.297), and home runs (17).

Lindsey Herrin, 2004-05, First Base

After transferring to UCSB from Iowa State, Lindsey Herrin became a two-time All-Big West Second Team selection for the Gauchos. In her two seasons at UCSB, Herrin twice set the single season home run record, tallying 10 in 2004 and 12 in 2005 (which now ranks second). She ranks third all-time for career home runs and ninth for career RBI (70) after leading the team in that category two consecutive seasons. As a senior, she led the squad with 35 RBI, a .396 on-base percentage and a .649 slugging percentage.

Christine Ramos, 2006-09, Second Base

Christine Ramos ended her four-year career at UCSB as the most prolific batter in school history after leading the team in hits all of her seasons in the blue and gold, the first UCSB player to ever accomplish the feat. As a senior, she set the school record for single season hits (75), career hits (258), single season batting average (.417) and career batting average (.364). She is tied third in the UCSB record books in career stolen bases (52), fourth in career runs (116) and career triples (6), second in career at-bats (709) and tied eighth for stolen bases in a season (16). Ramos was a four-time All-Big West selection, earning First Team honors her sophomore through senior seasons. In 2009, she was named the Big West Field Player of the Year and was also named to the All-Pacific Region First Team.

Tisha Duran, 2007-08, Third Base

In just two seasons at UCSB, Tisha Duran made a large impact on the Gaucho record books. After transferring from Ventura College, Duran proceeded to rack up back-to-back All-Big West First Team honors in 2007 and 2008. The third baseman led the team in RBI both seasons, tallying 33 in 2007 and 55 in 2008 - a single season school record. She totaled 88 RBI during her career, which ranks fifth all-time in the UCSB history books. During her senior season, she set a single-season school record for home runs (13), led the team hitting .360, which ranks sixth for a single season average; notched 62 hits, which is tied fourth in program history; scored 37 runs, ranking fifth all-time; and posted 12 doubles, which is seventh all-time in a single season. She posted a .343 average across her two seasons, which ranks second in program history for career batting.

Julia Tamai, 2001-02, Shortstop

Julia Tamai was another transfer to UCSB, coming via Wright State. Tamai earned First Team All-Big West honors after leading the Gauchos with her .307 batting average and 58 hits in 2002, which was the second most in Gaucho history at the time and now ranks eighth. Her 11 doubles that season rank 10th all-time on the UCSB single season record list. At shortstop, she recorded a .943 fielding percentage in 2002.

E.J. Lauchland, 2000-03, Outfield

A two-time All-Big West selection, E.J. Lauchland earned First Team honors as a senior after ending the 2003 season with a .315 average, 26 RBI and 56 total bases. In 2001, she earned All-Big West Second Team honors after leading UCSB with her .299 average, 50 hits, 10 doubles and 60 total bases.

Leslie Simien, 2001-04, Outfield

A three-time All-Big West selection and 2004 All-West Region Second Team pick, Leslie Simien was a terror on the base paths for the Gauchos. The outfielder set a school record for stolen bases (121) and owns the top-three spots on the UCSB single season stolen bases list, including her school record 39 in 2002. As a senior, she led the Gauchos with 62 hits and ranks fourth on the UCSB career hits list after posting 195 during her four years. Simien also ranks fifth for career runs scored (110) and ranks 10th for single season runs after scoring 33 as a junior.

Tiffany Wright, 2006-09, Outfield

The 2008 Big West Field Player of the Year, Tiffany Wright ended her career ranked seventh on the Big West's all-time home runs top-10 list with her UCSB career record of 30 homers. She ranks third in the Gaucho record books for career runs (117) and for career RBI (124), fourth for career hits (189) and at-bats (649). Her .291 career batting average ranks eighth all-time in UCSB history. The three-time All-Big West selection also earned All-Region honors in 2008 after having a breakout junior season in which she batted .350 and set UCSB single season records for doubles (15)and total bases (113).

Chantal Pershing, 2002-03, Utility

Chantal Pershing was a 2003 All-West Region Second Team selection for the Gauchos and also named to the All-Big West First Team. As a senior she tallied 30 stolen bases, which ranks fourth all-time in the UCSB record books. She also made her mark in the Gaucho career top-10 lists, ranking eighth for batting average (.291) and sixth for stolen bases (40).

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