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Nunes dominates in circle
Callie Nunes - photo by Contributed to the Courier

Callie Nunes continues to perform like a veteran during her first season with the Concordia University softball program.

The Ceres High grad/freshman pitcher improved her overall record to 12-2 and notched her fifth save as the NCAA Division-II Eagles collected three wins in a four-day span this past week.

Nunes stands just 5 feet 5 inches and weighs 117 pounds.

"You can hear people laughing in the stands during warm-ups and saying she's so small," Callie said while talking about her unassuming stature. "I find it comical. Mentally, not much gets to me. I'm a very competitive person but I also strive to be a good teammate."

Nunes tallied 11 strikeouts during Concordia's 2-1 win over No. 24 California Baptist on March 31 in La Jolla.

She allowed just one run and two hits in seven innings.

Callie started and contributed off the bench while leading the Eagles to a two-game road sweep of the No. 18 UC San Diego Tritans on March 27.

Nunes fanned 12 batters in Concordia University's 2-0 triumph against UC San Diego during Game 1 of their doubleheader.

She gave up just two hits.

The Eagles won the second game, 2-1.

Nunes picked up the save.

Callie retired four of the six batters she faced by strikeout.

Nunes and Concordia University bounced back after a 2-3 showing at the Tournament of Champions.

Stanislaus State hosted the event.

The Eagles improved to 20-10 on the year and 9-5 in conference play.

"I'm really excited to represent Concordia," Callie said. "I'm 100 percent happy with my decision to come here. I have great coaches and teammates. Our goal is to go to the postseason and win a national championship."

Nunes was named PacWest Pitcher of the Week for the third time on March 26.

She was rewarded for her dominance in Turlock.

Callie gave up one unearned run and seven hits with 33 strikeouts and seven walks in 211/3 innings of work.

She was selected to the TOC All-Tournament team as well.

Nunes lowered her ERA to 0.33.

She increased her strikeout total to 179.

"Whenever I meet a goal, a new one is set for myself," Callie said.

Already considered one of the Ceres High's all-time greatest pitchers, Nunes added to her legacy by compiling a 20-3 record with a 0.52 ERA, 291 strikeouts and one no-hitter her senior year.

Nunes' dominance on the mound in 2017 earned her a spot on the Cal-Hi Sports All-State Medium Schools First Team.

Callie ranked fourth in the state in strikeouts.

Nunes filled a major role in propelling the Bulldogs to their second Sac-Joaquin Section crown in 2016, ending a 21-year drought between titles.

Callie and third-seeded Ceres High went 5-1 in the Division-III playoffs, beating Benicia twice, and Oakdale, Pioneer and American Canyon once.

Nunes matched a career high for strikeouts with 17 during the Bulldogs' 5-3 win over No. 2 Oakdale in the quarterfinals. The Bulldogs lost twice to the Mustangs in the regular season.

She posted an impressive 20-3 record with a 1.14 ERA, 239 strikeouts and two no-hitters.

Callie won her first of two WAC Pitcher of the Year awards.