5 - Mercedes Lovato
|Hometown:||Simi Valley, CA|
Northridge - 2007 Lovato pitched in 35 games for Northridge, making 24 starts ... named Big West Honorable Mention after leading team with 15 wins ... posted an overall record of 15-13 with a 3.24 ERA ... tossed 14 complete games and one shutout while striking out 99 in 160 innings of work ... limited opponents to a .254 batting average in 598 at-bats ... teamed with Amanda Pitzenberger to no-hit UC Davis on May 12 ... started game against the Aggies, pitching 3.2 innings and striking out two ... picked up first win of the season against BYU after striking out seven on Feb. 16 ... scattered seven hits while striking out four in seven innings to pick up win against Washington on Mar. 16 ... allowed just one hit in seven inning of scoreless action in win over Long Beach State on Mar. 31 ... struck out four in a complete game victory over UC Santa Barbara on Apr. 21 ... recorded a season-high eight strikeouts in a complete game victory against UC Davis on May 11. ILLINOIS-CHICAGO Lovato played at the University of Illinois-Chicago for two seasons ... appeared in 49 games in 2005 and 2006, making 29 starts ... posted a 3.72 ERA and a 17-11 record in 38 appearances and 24 starts as a freshman ... was named Horizon League Pitcher of the Week on Feb. 20, 2005 and earned All-Tournament Team honors at the Wolfpack Challenge after going 4-0 with a 1.59 earned run average ... had a complete-game victory against 15th-ranked Northwestern ... helped the Flames to Horizon League regular-season titles both years. ROYAL HIGH SCHOOL Lovato prepped at Royal High School in Simi Valley, Calif. ... earned first-team All-Marmonte League honors as a senior and was also named to the Los Angeles Daily News All-Star team ... helped the Highlanders to a Marmonte League title in 2004 ... coached by Bill Dishon ... graduated in 2004 with a 3.61 grade point average. PERSONAL Born on April 19, 1987 in Mission Hills, Calif. ... parents are Marilyn and Pres Lovato ... is one of eight children, ranking seventh in age ... sisters are Nicole, Danielle, Shannon, Kelly and Gina ... brothers are Mario and Darren ... sister Kelly played softball at Sacramento State ... father and sisters Danielle, Kelly and Shannon attended Northridge ... favorites include the television show "Project Runway", the movie "Boondock Saints" and the band Brand New ... says the best thing about being an athlete is playing in front of your friends and family ... dances, tells jokes and takes pictures when she has time to relax ... would like to be stranded on a deserted island with Shakira so she could learn her dance moves ... the best advice she has been given is "if you want something to get done, do it yourself" ... can't imagine going a week without laughing so hard that her abs hurt ... majoring in communication studies.