ALL-CONFERENCE: Bradely, Tsuruda Earn All-Northwest Conference Honors
NEWBERG, Ore. – Chelsea Bradely’s first year at George Fox University and Kerstyn Tsuruda’s last made favorable impressions around the Northwest Conference as the two have been selected to the All-Conference Teams, Bradely to the First Team and Tsuruda to the Second Team, as voted on by the league’s eight coaches.
Bradely, a junior from Salem, Ore., by way of West Salem High School and Chemeketa Community College, was chosen to the All-NWC First Team as a utility player, a role she performed well for the Bruins. As the team’s No. 1 pitcher, she posted a 5-24 record, collecting every one of the team’s wins during a 5-32 season. She had a 5.44 earned run average with 160 strikeouts and only 47 walks in 175.0 innings, appearing in 29 games, all starts, with 24 complete games. She led the NWC in starts and innings, and was 2nd in strikeouts and 3rd in appearances.
Among her best performances on the mound, Bradely, a southpaw, threw a shutout in a 1-0 win over Lewis & Clark College, and tossed a two-hitter at Concordia University-Portland but lost 1-0 on an unearned run. She reached double figures in strikeouts three times, with a high of 15 in her final start against the University of Dallas.
When not pitching, Bradely played first base and had a .960 fielding average. At the plate, she led the Bruins with a .394 batting average, 37 hits, 7 home runs, 25 RBIs, 19 runs scored, 20 walks, a .691 slugging percentage, a .500 on base percentage, and tied for the lead with 7 doubles. She was 3rd in the conference in on base pct. and walks, 6th in home runs, 7th in slugging, and 12th in batting.
During the season, Bradely had nine multi-hit games, with a 4-for-4 game at Northwest Christian University. In a doubleheader sweep at the University of Puget Sound, she went a collective 3-for-4, hitting two home runs in the first game and another in the second, scored five times and drove in nine, and walked five times, drawing three intentional passes in the second game.
Tsuruda, a senior from Waimanalo, Hawai’i and Kalaheo High School, was named to the All-NWC Second Team as a catcher. She batted a solid .267 as the Bruins’ lead-off hitter, fourth on the team, and struck out only 7 times in 105 at bats. She was second on the team in walks with 12, tied for second with 11 runs scored, was third in hits with 28, and had 3 doubles and 4 RBIs. She had six multi-hit games, going 3-for-4 in a game at Puget Sound and 3-for-3 against Lewis & Clark.
Defensively, Tsuruda fielded a solid .979 behind the plate, leading the team with 183 putouts and 234 total chances. She also threw out 15 runners trying to steal. She was 3rd in the conference in chances and runners caught stealing, and 4th in putouts.
Conference champion and No. 1-ranked Linfield College dominated the individual awards, with infielder Staci Doucette being named the 2009 NWC Player of the Year, Brittany Miller the Pitcher of the Year, and Jackson Vaughan the Coach of the Year.