SHIMAMOTO NAMED SECOND TEAM ALL-SCIAC
LOS ANGELES — Despite fighting through a broken hand in the middle of the season, Jacqueline Shimamoto (Santa Clarita) still hit .417 overall and .357 in SCIAC play, good enough for her first All-SCIAC nod.
The sophomore center fielder was named to the second team on Wednesday.
"It feels good that the hard work paid off," Shimamoto said, adding that it is an honor to recognized among the conference's best players. "It feels really good to be categorized on their level."
Shimamoto's injury kept her out of most of 11 games from Feb. 17 – March 24 — Shimamoto played defense and pinch ran occasionally during her injured stretch. But Shimamoto's time off may have helped her come back stronger. The lefty went on a seven-game hitting streak when she returned to the lineup full-time, and failed to reach base in just one of the remaining 17 games.
Shimamoto credits her hot bat to focusing on her swing mechanics rather than swinging hard, while she was sitting out.
"I couldn't swing fully so I was working a lot on mechanics and going slow," Shimamoto said. "I was focusing on the little things. When you are swinging full-out you forget stuff."
The biology major had seven games with multiple hits, four against SCIAC opponents. In 28 total games, Shimamoto had a .478 on base percentage and .567 slugging percentage.
Oxy, which finished the season 4-28 overall and 2-22 in SCIAC play, returns all but one graduating senior.