Clermont, Kimbrough Earn Top Honors As Eight 49ers Named All-Big West
Long Beach State had four players named to the first team.
Long Beach, Calif. - Christina Clermont was named Co-Big West Pitcher of the Year, and Shayna Kimbrough repeated as Big West Defensive Player of the Year as the conference announced the 2015 honors. As top award winners, Clermont and Kimbrough highlighted four 49ers chosen First-Team All-Big West and eight honored overall.
Sophomore Christina Clermont became the eighth different 49er, and 11th recipient, to be named Pitcher of the Year, sharing the 2015 honors with UC Riverside's Chelsea Ponce. In Big West competition, Clermont led the league in strikeouts (81) and opposing batting average (.205) as well as piling up a league-high 14 wins.
A transfer from Syracuse, Clermont ended her first season with Long Beach State with outstanding numbers, posting a 20-7 record, a 2.35 ERA and striking out 179 batters in 36 appearances. She finished the season with 11 straight complete games, and closed the season with four shutouts and 19 complete games in 28 games started. She also pitched the eighth perfect game in school history against New Mexico State, a 2015 NCAA Tournament Team.
Senior Shayna Kimbrough doubled up as the Big West Defensive Player of the Year, marking her third straight season of winning a top Big West award. Starting 48 games at shortstop, Kimbrough made just 12 errors along with countless outstanding plays, complementing her team-leading contributions at the plate. The senior ended 2015 as the Long Beach State career leader in batting average at .353 and runs scored (131) while ranking second in career hits. Kimbrough also led LBSU in hitting over the 2015 campaign, leading the Beach with a .368 batting average and 60 hits.
Both Clermont and Kimbrough were also selected as First-Team All-Big West selections. For Kimbrough, it marked her third straight First-Team selection, becoming just the fourth 49er to earn three First-Team All-Big West selections, joining four-time winners Erin Jones-Wesley and Stacy Van Essen and three-time selection Meredith Cervenka.
Lauren Lombardi and Darian Tautalafua also were selected as first-team honorees. For Tautalafua, it marked a return to the first team after earning the honor as a freshman, while Lombardi went from the second team to the first in her sophomore season. Lombardi was second on the team with a .346 batting average, and led the Beach with a single-season record 52 RBI. Tautalafua, LBSU's career RBI and Home Run leader, hit .309 with 11 home runs, a team high, and 34 RBI while walking 29 times on the season, also leading the squad.
Senior Leilani Tupua-Tautalatasi was named to the second team for the second time in her career, meriting her third All-Big West selection. Tupua-Tautalatasi hit .304 in Big West play while also anchoring center field for the 49ers. Junior Haley Tobler earned honorable mention honors in her first season with the Beach. Tobler started all 52 games for Long Beach State, hitting .286 in all games and improving to .328 in Big West play.
The 49ers had two freshman honored as well, as Julia Lombardi and LT Torres each were named to the 11-player All-Freshman team. Julia Lombardi was fourth on the team in hitting at .296 on the season, while also hitting eight home runs, third among the 49ers. Torres started 49 games for the 49ers at second base, making four errors while hitting .261 with a .400 on-base percentage.
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