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Nunes earns top honor for pitching
Callie Nunes leads
Ceres High grad Callie Nunes helped lead the Concordia University softball team to a second-place finish at its home tournament this past week.

Callie Nunes has been named PacWest Conference Pitcher of the Week.

The 2017 Ceres High School grad was recognized on Monday for her outstanding individual play during the Concordia University softball team’s second-place finish at its home tournament.

Nunes compiled a 2-0 record with 19 strikeouts in 16 innings as the Eagles won four of five games at the Concordia Kickoff Classic, staged Jan. 31-Feb. 2, at Great Park.

She was also named to the all-tournament team.

“I found out yesterday when my coach texted me to say congratulations,” Nunes stated. “I was actually surprised because I didn’t think I did all that well.”

“It’s always great to be recognized. It’s a confidence booster.”
Callie Nunes

“It’s always great to be recognized,” she added. “It’s a confidence booster.”

Nunes and Concordia opened the tourney with a 1-0 win over Cal State San Marcos on Jan. 31. 

Nunes tossed a complete-game shutout.

She had 10 strikeouts and no walks in seven innings.

Nunes allowed four hits.

Nunes tossed 22/3 innings of relief in Concordia’s 4-0 loss to Chico State on Feb. 1.

She gave up one earned run and one hit with five strikeouts and two walks.

Nunes and the Eagles closed out tournament play with a 4-1 victory against Dominguez Hills on Feb. 2.

She yielded one run and two hits with four strikeouts and three walks in 61/3 innings.

“It’s really cool our whole team started the season off strong, not just me,” Nunes said. 

A six-time All-American, Nunes enters her junior season ranked third in program history in career shutouts (22) and fourth in strikeouts (555). 

She’s tied for first in career saves (8).

Nunes tied for first in NCAA DII with 33 victories and was fourth in strikeouts (266) while posting a 1.34 ERA her sophomore year.

She had four no-hitters.

Nunes helped lead Concordia to the Super Regional for the first time in program history, a 47-8 overall record and its second straight PacWest Conference title.

The Eagles claimed the Regional championship and climbed to No. 1 in the NFCA West Regional rankings for the first time.

Concordia reeled off 18 straight wins heading into Super Regionals.

“It’s a very exciting time,” Nunes said. “We have an experienced team. There are a lot of advantages to that. I really have high expectations for where we can go. I honestly believe we can win it all this year.”

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Callie Nunes