Harvey and Gularte Lead Athenas in Tournament Action
Senior Michelle Harvey [San Diego (pictured left)] completed her career play at home with an incredible weekend as SCIAC Champion CMS hosted the 2011 SCIAC tournament for the second year in a row.
Harvey led the #1 seeded Athenas' second place finish (2-2) in the tournament finishing atop most offensive categories including: batting average (.438), hits (7), slugging percentage (.625), and on-base percentage (.471). First Team ALL SCIAC unanimous selection Harvey was relentlessly productive through four games played, sparking several rallies and generating 10 of 41 total bases earned on the weekend.
Gizelle Pera (SR, Los Angeles) and Amanda Banducci (JR, San Mateo) made huge contributions as well combining for 5 runs, 9 hits, 3 doubles, and 8 RBIs hitting .385 and .364 respectively. Smart at-bats led them to .467 and .462 on-base percentages as well.
In the circle, Rebecca Gularte [JR, Sunnyvale (picture right)] showed tenacity, resilience and the heart of a champion. The northern California hurler threw almost 18.2 innings of the total 29.2 innings of play amassing an impressive 1.88 ERA against the best teams in the league including two games against perennial powerhouse University of Redlands. Gularte held opposing batters to a .266 average on the weekend and kept CMS in every game she pitched.
After a heartbreaking 9 inning one run loss on Friday evening, in which she pitched the entire game, Gularte returned to the rubber Saturday morning to pull her team up and lead them to a win over La Verne to advance to the championship game. Her pitch count on the weekend was well over 200 and stood as a testament to her stamina, mental toughness and readiness to battle the best teams in America during the National Championship tournament which starts May 12th.
The Athenas finish the 2011 SCIAC season 34-10 (19-5 SCIAC) in Regular Season Play earning their second SCIAC Championship. The Championship earned CMS the #1 seed in the SCIAC tournament and the right to host the two-day battle of SCIAC titans.
The squad now waits until selection Sunday, May 8th, in hopes of earning an at-large bid to the National Championship Tournament. 60 teams will begin the two week tournament competing in 8 different first round tournaments, with the winners advancing to the Division III Women's College World Series in Salem, VA May 19-23.