April 28, 2011
Ex-Rio Linda star Samantha McMahan is CalPac softball MVP

California Pacific Conference regular season softball champion William Jessup University swept all five individual awards and placed four players on the all-conference first team.

William Jessup junior infielder Samantha McMahan from Rio Linda was named Player of the Year. She batted .422 drove in 49 runs and had 11 home runs. McMahan was a three-sport standout at Rio Linda High School who transferred to William Jessup from Sierra College.

McMahan was joined on the first team by Jessup's Mallory Blodgett (.418, 37 runs scored) of Folsom, Kelsey Meyers of Brea and Erin Houston of Salinas.

Meyers (.374, 43 RBI), a sophomore, won the conference's Newcomer of the Year award and Houston, a senior, (14-8, 2.23 ERA) received the Pitcher of the Year award.

The Freshman of the Year award went to William Jessup's Jode Johnson (.405) of Ceres, a second-team selection. William Jessup's Jessica Pistole received Coach of the Year.

Jessup's Kara Besseghini of Dixon and Heidi Louber of Chico joined Johnson on the second team and Cassie Emerson of Lincoln made honor mention for the Warriors, which went 26-16 overall and 15-1 in conference during the regular season and in the school's second year offering softball.

William Jessup plays Holy Names University of Oakland 10 a.m. Friday in the opening game of the two-day NAIA CalPac/Frontier qualifiying tournament at Margaret Azevedo Park in Rocklin.

-Bill Paterson



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