Position
First Base/second Base
Height
5'6
Class
Junior
Hometown
San Diego, Calif.
B/T
L
High School
Mount Carmel HS

2007 NCAA Palo Alto Regional All-Tournament Team
2007 Easton Tiger Classic All-Tournament Team
2006 NFCA First-Team All-South Region
2006 First-Team All-Louisiana
2006 SEC All-Tournament Team
2006 SEC Player of the Week (3/6)
2005 Second-Team All-Louisiana
2005 Tiger Classic MVP
2005 SEC Freshman Academic Honor Roll

Transferred to Louisiana-Lafayette for her senior season.

JUNIOR SEASON (2007)
Played in 66 games, starting 62 … Member of the NCAA Palo Alto Regional All-Tournament Team … Earned Easton Tiger Classic All-Tournament Team honors … Split time this season at both first base and second base, moving from her starting job at first to take over at second base due to an injury mid-season, then moved back after the injured player returned …Ranked seventh in the SEC in doubles … Recorded a team season best six RBIs vs. Centenary … Had only four errors in almost 300 chances, with only one error while playing first base – other three came in a stint at second base …Knocked in game-winning RBIs against Middle Tennessee State and Southern Miss … Recorded 12 multiple-hit games and seven multiple-RBI games … Tied for fourth with 47 career doubles at LSU … Also ranked fourth with 10 career sacrifice flies at LSU.

SOPHOMORE SEASON (2006)
Played in all 69 games, starting 67 … Was an NFCA first-team All-South Region selection … Earned first-team All-Louisiana honors … Was a member of the SEC All-Tournament team … Named the SEC Player of the Week on March 6 … Led the SEC in fielding percentage by a second baseman … Ranked in the Top 10 in the SEC in doubles (2nd), sacrifice flies (2nd), walks (6th), slugging percentage (8th), batting average (10th) and RBIs (10th) … Broke the LSU single-season record for sacrifice flies with seven … Tied for the eighth most single-season doubles in LSU history with 17 … Recorded the fifth most single-season walks in LSU history … Ranked second on the team with 11 multiple-RBI games, including one four-RBI game … Recorded 15 multiple-hit games, including two, three-hit games … Posted a seven-game hitting streak during the season, which was tied for fourth on the team … Knocked in the game-winning runs in nine games, including wins over nationally ranked Washington, Auburn and UL-Lafayette … Game-winning RBI against ULL was a walk-off sacrifice fly in the bottom of the seventh to win the NCAA Regional championship … Recorded only two errors in 171 chances at second base.

FRESHMAN SEASON (2005)
Played and started in all 54 games … Was a second-team All-Louisiana selection … Named the MVP of the Tiger Classic … Led the team with 10 multiple-RBI games, which was tied for 17th in the SEC … Led the team and was tied for second in the SEC in doubles with 16, which tied for the 10th most single-season doubles in LSU history … Also tied for fourth in doubles in league games in the SEC with seven … Led the team in RBIs with 39 and ranked third in hits … Recorded 16 multiple-hit games, including three, three-hit games … Posted an eight-game hitting streak during the season, which was tied for second on the team … Knocked in the game-winning runs against Louisville, Southern, Columbia and Florida … Went 4-for-4 in stolen bases … Tied for the single-game team best with five RBIs vs. Southern … Recorded only 10 errors in 182 chances at second base.

HIGH SCHOOL
Earned four letters in softball … Led her team to the Avocado League championship in 2003 and 2004 and the Palomar League championship in 2001 … Was a second-team All-California Interscholastic Federation selection in 2003 and 2004 … Named to the All-Avocado League first team twice and the All-Palomar League second team once … Averaged .398 with a team-best .636 slugging percentage and 25 RBIs as a senior … Received the team’s “Most Inspirational” award … Member of the Union-Tribune All-Section and All-North County second-team as a junior … Set a school record with 46 hits along with a 17-game hitting streak as a junior while knocking in 25 runs and scoring 25 runs … Named the Mount Carmel Offensive Player of the Year … Selected the Union-Tribune Athlete of the Week on May 3, 2003 … Member of the Union-Tribune All-Academic Team for three years.

PERSONAL
Full name is Vanessa Lynne Soto … Parents are Fabio Soto and Janet Foley … Has one brother, Joshua Stone … Born on June 20, 1986, in San Diego, Calif.

 

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