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Andersen, Westlund and Cochiolo Earn All-Big West Softball Honors

Andersen, Westlund and Cochiolo Earn All-Big West Softball Honors

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SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. – After leading the Cal Poly softball program with a .325 batting average, a .402 on-base percentage and 53 hits, Mustang junior third baseman Jillian Andersen (right) was named to the All-Big West Conference second team on Tuesday afternoon. Joining Andersen were junior shortstop Kim Westlund (bottom, left) and junior catcher Mariah Cochiolo (bottom, right), both of whom earned All-Big West honorable mention acclaim.

Andersen, who earned All-Big West honors for the first time in her career, batted a team-leading .359 in 18 conference games and also led the Mustangs with 14 multi-hit games and five three-hit games. Andersen, who ranked fourth among Big West hitters with 11 sacrifice bunts, successfully advanced baserunners a Cal Poly-best 50 of 87 times (57.5 percent) while her eight-game hitting streak between March 29 and April 10 ranked as the lengthiest spurt by a Mustang in 2013. Among NCAA Division I hitters, Andersen ranks as the 35th toughest player to strike out, having averaged just one strikeout per 20.4 at-bats. Overall, Andersen struck out just eight times in 195 plate appearances. Defensively, Andersen started all 54 games at third base and finished the regular season fifth among Big West players with 121 assists.

Westlund, named to the All-Big West second team a season ago, led Cal Poly with 21 RBI and 58 total bases and finished second among Mustangs with a .302 batting average. Westlund's 25 walks during the regular season ranks seventh among Big West players. Seventh in program history with a career .300 (137-for-456) batting average, Westlund produced 14 multi-hit games in 2013, hit safely 31 times and reached safely in 41 contests. Defensively, Westlund started all 54 games and ranks third among Big West players with 135 assists.

Cochiolo, who also earned All-Big West honors for the first time, hit .354 in 18 Big West games and, alongside Westlund, co-led Cal Poly with seven doubles. Cochiolo, who produced eight multi-hit games in 2013, reached base safely in a Cal Poly-best 11 successive games between Feb. 14 and March 1. Defensively, Cochiolo started 49 times while her .978 fielding percentage ranked second among Mustang starters.

Cal Poly's three All-Big West selections this season marked the program's highest total since enjoying six selections in 2010.

The Mustangs (19-34-1, 8-16) closed the 2013 regular season with a 4-0 loss at UC Davis on May 11.