WALNUT CREEK, Calif. – Junior Dani Gilmore has been named to the Pac-12 All-Conference First Team, the conference office announced Wednesday. Joining Gilmore as Pac-12 honorees are All-Conference Honorable Mention Kori Nishitomi, All-Freshman recipient Kylie Padilla and All-Freshman Honorable Mention Alexis Gonzalez.
This is Gilmore’s first First-Team honor, after the West Hills, Calif. native earned Honorable Mention recognition the last two seasons. Gilmore proved that she could hit for both average and power this year, as she recorded 57 hits and eight home runs. Her 38 runs scored and 40 RBIs were both team-bests. Gilmore tallied a .491 on-base percentage for the season, and committed just two errors while starting all 49 games in center field. She earned her first career Pac-12 Player of the Week Award this week, after hitting .500 with a grand slam and five RBIs in three games against Stanford.
Gilmore ended the 2014 season with a .407 batting average, good for fourth in school history. She also sits fourth on Oregon State’s career runs scored list (124), fifth on OSU’s career batting average list (.336), second on Oregon State’s walks list (98) and is tied for eighth in home runs (25).
Nishitomi proved early on that she could compete at the Pac-12 level, after transferring to Oregon State from Longwood. Her first conference at-bat resulted in a leadoff home run off No. 5/7 Arizona State’s Dallas Escobedo, helping the Beavers to an upset victory. Nishitomi batted .390 this season, ninth-best in school history, and .368 in conference play. Her 37 runs were second only to Gilmore on the team, and she led the squad with nine steals. Nishitomi started all 49 games in left field, committing just a single error.
Padilla also exploded onto the scene for the Beavers this year, becoming the first player in school history to hit for the cycle in just her third game at the collegiate level (Feb. 7 vs. Penn State). Overall, Padilla finished the season with a .273 batting average and tallied 24 RBIs. A constant fixture in the heart of the Beaver lineup, Padilla started every game at catcher.
Making 43 starts and 46 appearances, primarily as the designated player, Gonzalez hit .254 this season with four home runs, 28 RBIs and seven doubles. The best game of her career came on Feb. 22 against Pacific, when she went 2-for-4 with two runs, three RBIs and a home run.