The Northwestern Oklahoma State University softball team placed five athletes on the All-Sooner Athletic Conference Softball Teams, including a first-team selection, two second-team members, an honorable mention performer and a gold glove team member.
Dana Gandolfo headlined the Rangers’ all-conference list, gaining first-team honors in the outfield, for the second consecutive season. The junior from Port Coquitlam, British Columbia, Canada, led Northwestern in batting average (.432), hits (64), runs batted in (54), triples (5), slugging percentage (.750) and on-base percentage (.485). Gandolfo set a new record for batting average in a season with her .432 average and tops the category for most runs batted in during a season with 54.
Natalie Vasquez and Heather Hokeah were both recognized as members on the second-team.
Vasquez, a junior catcher from Houston, Tex., hit .306 while playing in all but one game behind the plate. She had seven doubles, five home runs and drove in 33 runs.
Hokeah, a senior outfielder from Anadarko, played 42 games and held a .331 batting average. She recorded seven doubles, a triple and three home runs, while having a .469 on-base percentage.
Four-year first baseman, Tanya Parker, was named to the honorable mention squad. Parker hit .354 for NWOSU and was second on the team in doubles with 11. The Native of Surrey, British Columbia, Canada, had three triples, four home runs and 37 runs batted in. She ranks in the top ten in virtually every career record category and leads in games played (208), at bats (633), runs scored (117), base on balls (70) and stolen bases (44).
Kati Jo Gabaldon was recognized as one of ten players to make the Gold Glove Team. The senior outfielder made several fine defensive plays in centerfield while also hitting .326 with 12 doubles and seven home runs. From Belen, N.M., Gabaldon recorded 119 putouts in 131 chances.
Northwestern finished the season at 25-31 and will lose five seniors.
Complete 2009 All-Sooner Athletic Conference Teams
Tue, May 5, 2009
by Ryan Hintergardt