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Accolades pour in for Nunes
Callie Nunes celebrates
Callie Nunes (pictured right) celebrates with catcher Mackenzie Graham following Concordia University’s 5-0 win over Western Oregon in the NCAA Division-II West Regional title game on May 11 in Irvine.

Two weeks removed from being named a finalist for the National Fastpitch Coaches Association Division-II National Player and Pitcher of the Year awards, Ceres High School grad Callie Nunes was recognized by the Division-II Conference Commissioners Association, NFCA and PacWest Conference.

“I couldn’t have gotten these honors without my team,” the Concordia University Irvine sophomore said. “There were a lot of times the outcomes of games could have been different this year. My offense and defense had my back.”

Nunes was named the D2CCA West Region Pitcher of the Year for the second straight season. She earned first-team, all-region honors as well.

Nunes was selected to the NFCA First-Team All-Region Team for the second consecutive year.

She was also a repeat winner of the PacWest Conference Pitcher of the Year award.

Nunes compiled a 31-4 record with a 1.10 ERA and 241 strikeouts during the regular season. She leads NCAA Division II in wins and ranks in the top 10 in ERA and strikeouts.

“I had a few individual goals set before the season began,” Nunes said. “As the year went on, they transformed into more teams goals. I’ve been extremely fortunate and blessed to be surrounded by and work with some amazing coaches and athletes.”

Nunes filled a major role as the Eagles posted a 44-6 overall record and finished first in the PacWest Conference (30-3) for the second year in a row.

Concordia University made program history by climbing to No. 1 in the NFCA Division-II Poll, winning the NCAA D2 West Regional championship and qualifying for Super Regionals.

“It’s really cool to advance one step further from last year,” Nunes said. “It’s a huge accomplishment.”