Four Tigers Earn All-Big West Honors
With the completion of the 2013 regular season, the Big West Conference announced the 2013 All-Big West award reciepients from which four Tigers earned post-season honors. Announced on Tuesday, May 14, the Tigers saw their seniors well represented as Nikki Armagost and Megan Hom each earned first team honors while Amy Moore along side of junior Megan Foglesong each picked up second team awards. For Armagost and Hom, the duo earned first team honors for the fourth-straight season as the duo earned the honors in each of their collegiate seasons together and were the only four-time award winners on the first team in 2013. The duo became just the second set of teammates in Big West history to garner first team honors together in each of their four seasons following in the footsteps of Pacific's all-time greats Gina Carbonatto (2004-07) and Jennifer Curtier (2004-07).
Earning her seventh all-conference award with her selection to the first team, Armagost proved once again to be one of the top two-way players in the Big West as she split her time between first base and the circle. At the plate, Armagost finished the season with a .327 batting average, which ranked No. 8 among her peers while she posted the fifth-best on-base percentage at .419. Doing most of her damage with doubles, Armagost became just the fourth player in Big West history to record 20+ doubles in a single season as she laced 20 overall and 15 in conference play alone. While posting 20 doubles and three home runs, Armagost drove in 39 RBI on the season as she finished No. 5 in the Big West in run production. In Big West games, Armagost was even better as she posted hit .410 with an on-base percentage of .495. In addition to her play at the plate, Armagost was one of the top pitchers in the Big West as the senior finished the year with 12 wins while tallying a 2.28 ERA and a .257 batting average against. In the field, Armagost was charged with just three errors en route to posting a .989 on-base percentage.
Joining Armagost on the first team, Hom finished her final collegiate season by earning her fourth-consecutive first team award in center field. Continuing her excellence at the plate, Hom finished the season No. 3 in hits with 62 while batting .348 and posting a .417 on-base percentage. On-base for the heart of the lineup, Hom scored 38 runs on the season, fourth-most among all Big West players. In conference games, Hom improved her numbers as the senior hit .400 while tallying the third-best on-base percentage at .489. She posted nearly half of her hits in conference games as she tallied 30 against Big West foes while scoring 20 runs, No. 2 among all conference players. In the field, Hom notched three outfield assists while posting a .972 fielding percentage.
Arguably the best defensive catcher in the Big West, Moore earned her third-consecutive all-conference honor for her play both at the plate and behind it. Just as she has done in each of the past three seasons, Moore led the Big West with seven pickoffs on the year in just 38 contests as a catcher while posting 14 caught-stealing. Additionally, the senior had just 32 stolen base attempts against her and allowed just 18 stolen bases, the lowest among all of the Big West's starting catchers. At the plate, Moore posted a career year as she hit .310 with 53 hits, 30 RBI and 16 runs scored. Her 30 RBI ranked second among catchers in the conference while her .310 average ranked third. In just Big West contests, Moore tallied 15 RBI, ranking her just outside of the top-10 and second among catchers.
A candidate for defensive player of the year, Foglesong excelled in both the field and the plate en route to her first career all-conference honor. A natural centerfielder playing in left for the Tigers, Foglesong made the extraordinary look routine throughout her junior year while posting a .992 fielding percentage. On the year, Foglesong was one of the best at cutting down runners trying to take an extra base as she tallied a career-best nine outfield assists before runners learned not to test her arm. In addition to her stellar play in the field, Foglesong had a career year at the plate as the junior hit .320 with 54 hits, 18 RBI and 38 runs scored. Her 38 runs scored ranked No. 4 in the conference alongside of her outfield mate, Hom, while her 54 hits put her inside of the conference's top-10. In addition to her hitting, Foglesong was the consummate teammate as she led the conference with 14 sacrifice bunts to set the table for Armagost.