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Sandoval named NAIA Pitcher of the Year

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Southern Oregon’s Gabby Sandoval has been named the Schutt Sports/National Fastpitch Coaches Association NAIA Pitcher of the Year following a superb 2019 campaign that culminated with a national championship.

The inaugural awad was voted on by members of the NFCA NAIA All-America committee, which is separate from the NAIA All-America committee.

Sandoval, a junior from Anaheim, Calif., was previously named the Cascade Conference Pitcher of the Year and a first-team NAIA All-American. She was also selected to the NAIA All-World Series team after going 4-1 in five starts at the tournament. In the title clincher against Oklahoma City, she allowed one earned run and pitched her 33rd complete game.

She finished the season with a 36-4 record and a 1.19 ERA over 252 innings pitched, setting CCC records for wins and shutouts (15) in a season. Her win total was the 10th-highest in NAIA history and the highest for any pitcher at the level since 2013.

Sandoval recorded an SOU-record 207 strikeouts while holding opponents to a .189 batting average, a significant improvement over the .247 average she gave up while going 27-6 as a sophomore.

She allowed one or no earned runs in 25 of 36 starts, and in the process ran her career win total to 77, another Raider record.

In three seasons with the Raiders, Sandoval has won 12 national tournament games.

Southern Oregon University RHP Gabby Sandoval pitched a complete game shutout of Marymount at US Cellular Community Park on Monday.(PHOTO BY: LARRY STAUTH JR)