It would be an understatement to say that Alex Holmes just did well during the 2010 campaign.
The junior out of San Juan Capistrano, Calif. led the Aggie offense with a .345 batting average and finished third in the Big West Conference with 59 hits on the season.
“I’m a line drive hitter and a hard ground ball hitter,” Holmes said. “I just focus on getting on base and getting a single. That’s what I hope for.”
Holmes also finished the year with 23 RBI and one homerun.
“As soon as I made contact with that ball I had a pretty good feeling it was going over the fence,” Holmes said. “But one is never enough.”
But one could say she made up for that on defense.
In 177 innings in the circle, Holmes led the conference with 143 strikeouts and finished second with 16 wins.
She also led the Aggies with a 3.01 ERA, good for sixth in the league.
“My focus from game to game is to minimize the amount of runners I let on base,” Holmes said. “The more runs they get, the greater chance they have of winning the game. And that’s not what I want at the end of the day. I want that win.”
Holmes’ efforts helped the Aggies earn their first Big West regular season title and automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.
She also earned some personal awards along the way.
At the end of the season, Holmes was named the Big West Conference Pitcher of the Year and received All-Big West First-Team recognition for two positions.
Holmes also earned Big West Pitcher of the Week accolades twice and was named Player of the Week once.
“It’s a great honor,” Holmes said. “It’s really exciting, and I’m both honored and flattered.”
Additionally, during the postseason Holmes was selected to the Louisville Slugger Pacific All-Region Second Team as a utility player and pitcher. This was the first time a UC Davis player earned such an award.
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