Sacco named state Freshman of the Year

Louisiana Tech outfielder Sierra Sacco was named the Louisiana Sports Writers Association State Freshman of the Year while three other Lady Techsters earned all-state honors as voted on by a panel of state SIDs and media members.

Sacco joined pitcher Audrey Pickett on the first team while shortstop Amanda Gonzalez earned second team honors. Catcher Brooke Diaz was named all-state honorable mention.

The honors come after the foursome helped lead Louisiana Tech to the 2022 Conference USA regular season title with a 39-20 record, including an 18-6 mark in league contests.

Sacco becomes the sixth Lady Techster to ever earn the state’s Freshman of the Year award, joining Debbie Nichols (1987), Paige England (1995), Evette Grayson (1996), Emma Barnes (2006) and Lindsay Edwards (2019).

Sacco, who was edged by just one vote for the LSWA Hitter of the Year Award, batted .441 with a program record 83 hits, including seven doubles and three triples. The Marrero, La., native scored 54 runs (second most in single season) and posted a .535 on-base percentage (third highest in single season).

She ranked among the nation’s leaders in hits, batting average, on-base percentage and stolen bases and reached base safely in 55 of 59 games, including a streak of 31 straight to end the season. She successfully swiped 28 bases in 33 attempts.

Sacco was named the Conference USA Freshman of the Year and was one of 10 finalists for the Schutt Sports/NFCA Division I National Freshman of the Year.

Pickett became just the second Tech pitcher since 1996 to earn a spot on the all-LSWA first team (Krystal De La Cruz, 2019) after a stellar senior season in the circle.

The Aurora, Colorado, native posted a 25-6 record with a 2.56 earned run average, including five shutouts. She made 36 appearances and 33 starts while working 213.1 innings, allowing 212 hits while walking only 45 and striking out 109.

Pickett was named first team all-Conference USA after a season that saw her record the most wins by a Lady Techster pitcher in a single season since 1999. She became just the fourth Tech pitcher to ever earn first team all-conference honors.

Gonzalez earned second team honors at shortstop after a break-out junior campaign that saw her bat .370 with 61 hits, including 10 doubles, 4 triples and 8 home runs.  She scored 36 runs and drove in 32 runs while stealing nine bases in nine attempts.

The Santa Monica, California, native earned first team all-Conference USA honors and second team all-Mideast Region honors after starting all 59 games at shortstop. She led C-USA with 163 assists and her 103 total bases rank in the top 10 in program history.

Diaz earned honorable mention honors at catcher after a season that saw her bat .294 with 47 hits, including nine doubles and seven home runs. She led Tech with 39 RBI while scoring 18 runs and recording a .481 slugging percentage.

The Eagle Pass, Texas, native was stellar defensively behind the plate, throwing out 14 base runners during the year while also recording two pickoffs.

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