St. John's to play five games in three days in Boca Raton, Fla.
13 Red Storm teams represented on all-conference list.
St. John's will put three-game non-conference winning streak to the test against Rams.
Senior slugger ties single-season record with 15 home runs to back Free's two-hitter.
Free strikes out eight over nine innings to win game one pitcher's duel.
Photos from St. John's softball game against Fordham on March 20, 2012 in the Bronx.
As a junior in 2012: An offensive catalyst at the top of the lineup, started 51 of 53 games played for the Red Storm, batting .314 with team-highs in doubles (12) and stolen bases (9) ... second on the team with eight home runs and 33 runs scored ... third on the squad with 26 RBI ... a strong situational hitter, batted .667 with the bases loaded, .500 with a runner on third and less than two outs and .394 as the leadoff batter ... a keen eye at the plate, struck out just 14 times in 169 at-bats, the fewest among players with at least 50 at bats in 2012 ... also had a team-low two strikeouts looking ... had a breakout game in the win over Maryland (Feb. 25), going 2-for-2 with a run scored and a season-high two stolen bases ... was the hero of the first game of a doubleheader over Manhattan (March 21), capping off a 3-for-5 day with a walk-off grand slam in the bottom of the 11th inning ... showed her prowess at the plate in the series against Syracuse (March 31-April 1), going 7-for-12 with seven RBI, three home runs and six runs scored in the three-game set ... also had a strong outing in the second game of a doubleheader against Louisville (May 5), going 3-for-4 with a double, and RBI and two runs scored ... named to the 2011-12 BIG EAST All-Academic Team.
As a sophomore in 2011:Started all 48 games she played ... second on the team with a .346 batting average ... third on the team with a .529 slugging percentage ... led team in hits (53), RBI (41) and total bases (81), while finishing second in runs scored (32) ... registered fewest strikeouts among players with at least 45 starts (12) ... stole 10 bases on 12 attempts ... had three hits and four RBI against UNC Greensboro (Feb. 13) ... 3-for-4 with three RBI against Virginia (Feb. 19) ... had two hits, two walks and three RBI against St. Francis (March 5) ... recorded three hits with two doubles vs. Toledo (March 12) ... set a season high with five RBI on three hits against James Madison (March 20) ... named to 2010-11 BIG EAST All-Academic Team.
As a freshman in 2010:Battled through a knee injury throughout the season, making all 51 starts with 45 at shortstop ... demonstrated great range and athleticism at shortstop, tallying a team-high 70 assists ... hit .240 (36-of-150) and scored 19 runs ... showed power at the plate, tying for second on the team with six home runs, tying for third with six doubles and finishing third with 22 RBI ... stole five bases in seven attempts ... tallied five multi-hit games and four multi-RBI games ... enjoyed an eight-game hitting streak from March 12-27 ... recorded first career hit in first career at bat against Liberty (Feb. 14) ... had first RBI and first stolen base against against Youngstown state (Feb. 19) ... scored three runs and hit one double against Youngstown State (Feb. 20) ... went 2-of-4 with three RBI and first career home run against South Alabama (Feb. 26) ... went 1-of-3 with one RBI and one run scored against Arizona (March 7) ... went 1-of-3 with a three-run homer to center and two runs scored against Fairfield (March 17) ... blasted two home runs and drove in five runs, going 3-of-4 with two runs at Connecticut (April 3) ... went 2-of-3 with one RBI at Pittsburgh (April 17) ... hammered three-run home run off All-American pitcher Kristen Wadwell at Louisville (April 24).
Before St. John's:Was a three-year softball standout and two-year captain at Wilcox, earning Santa Clara Valley Athletic League first team honors for three straight years and helping the Chargers to three straight league titles ... as a sophomore in 2007, hit .314 with three home runs and 16 RBI earning defensive MVP of league ... as a junior in 2008, hit .418 with four homers and 20 RBI and earned second straight defensive MVP of league award ... as a senior in 2009, hit .487 with six home runs and 25 RBI ... played six years for the Sunnyvale Shockers ... was also a standout basketball player, playing four years (two years as team captain) and helping Wilcox to league championships from 2005-08 and the CCS title in 2007-08 ... played volleyball for three years serving two years as team captain.
Personal:Born in Mt. View, Calif. ... parents are David and Tina Montez ... has one older brother, Armando, and one older sister, Jennifer who played softball at Cal State Monterey Bay from 2008-09 ... enjoys swimming and playing basketball and volleyball ... majoring in sports management.
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