NORTHRIDGE, Calif. ---
Seniors Mikayla Thielges and Shelly Tait and freshman Maylynn Mitchell were named to the 2013 All-Big West Conference Softball Team per a vote of the conference's head coaches, the league office announced Tuesday afternoon. Thielges earned her second career All-Big West award, placing on the second team. Tait and Mitchell were recognized for the first time and received honorable mention awards.
A senior from Las Vegas, Nev., Thielges started all 56 games at catcher in her final season at CSUN. She led Northridge in batting average (.318), hits (47), doubles (12), home runs (9), RBIs (29), total bases (86) and walks (23). She added to that a career-high seven sacrifice bunts and two stolen bases.
Defensively, Thielges sported a .984 fielding percentage in 247 chances and threw out 16 would-be base stealers. For her career, Thielges finished sixth in both career home runs (28) and RBIs (102). She earned All-Big West honors in 2011.
A senior from Mission Viejo, Calif., Tait led the Matadors in the circle with a 12-12 record. She also led CSUN with a 2.72 ERA, 67 strikeouts and 128.2 innings of work. Against league opponents, Tait picked up two wins over Pacific and UC Riverside and finished 6-6 with a 2.94 ERA and 27 K's.
Mitchell, a freshman from Covington, Wash., took control of the starting shortstop early in the season and never relinquished the spot. She batted .280 for the year with four doubles, 14 RBIs and two stolen bases. She led the Matadors with 20 hits against league opponents and batted .299 while starting all 24 conference games.
In 2013, the Matadors won 15 more games overall and had six more league wins than it did in 2012. At the plate, CSUN smashed 30 more doubles (65-35) than it had last year and hit more home runs (23-21) than its opponents.
In the circle, CSUN gave up the fewest home runs of any Big West Conference school and lowered its team ERA from 4.99 in 2012 to 3.07 in 2013.