Sophomore left-handed pitcher Giselle “G” Juarez earned another award on Wednesday. The National Fastpitch Coaches Association named its 54-player All-American list across three teams in Oklahoma City, and Juarez was one of three pitchers to earn first-team honors.
“For me it’s just been about focusing on me and my team. It’s an absolute honor to be with these athletes, these women up here,” Juarez said. “This is very exciting. And for our team, I tell them all the time I wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for them.”
Juarez, the only Sun Devil included on the list has had a specular rise to stardom this season. She ranks top ten in multiple categories across NCAA Division l statistics coming into the Women’s College World Series; third in shutouts with 13, fifth in ERA at 0.91 and eighth in strikeouts with 297.
Congrats to @ggotgame45 on being named a First-Team All American! pic.twitter.com/paCU4Bi5Ff— Sun Devil Softball (@ASUSoftball) May 30, 2018
The Glendale-native is one of seven Pac-12 players to take home first-team honors, along with Oregon’s pitcher Megan Kleist and catcher Gwen Svekis, UCLA’s pitcher/first baseman Rachel Garcia and Aaliyah Jordan, Arizona’s first baseman Alyssa Palomino and Washington’s shortstop Sis Bates.
This honor comes on top of Juarez’s four-time Pac-12 Pitcher of the Week, a NFCA Pitcher of the Week and Pac-12 First-Time selection.
Juarez and the Sun Devils will open the Women’s College World Series against Kleist, Svekis and the Ducks at 9 a.m. PT on ESPN.