MU Softball BIO
0 Vanessa Cardoza

2015 (Senior): Earned Monmouth Athletics’ Strength & Conditioning Award… Became just the fourth Hawk to finish her career with over 100 runs scored (104) and 100 RBI’s (105)… Started 43 games at third base for the Hawks, hitting .320 with two home runs, 13 doubles, 26 RBI’s and 20 runs scored… Had 11 multi-hit games, including a 4-for-5 performance with a double and four RBI’s in Game 1 at Saint Peter’s (Apr. 18)… Added a 2-for-3 effort with a home run, three RBI’s and two runs scored in Game 2 at Saint Peter’s (Apr. 18) to finish the day with six hits, seven RBI’s and three runs scored against the Peacocks… Went 2-for-4 in consecutive games against Campbell (Mar. 8) and Butler (Mar. 13)… Doubled against nationally-ranked James Madison… Went 2-for-3 with a run scored and an RBI against Fairfield (Mar. 14)… Went 3-for-4 with three runs scored in Game 2 at Rider (Mar. 29) to spark a five-game hitting streak (Mar. 29-Apr. 8)… Doubled and scored twice in Game 1 against Quinnipiac (Apr. 4), before adding another double in Game 2… Had a double, three RBI’s and a stolen base vs. Delaware (Apr. 8)… Went 2-for-3 against Saint Joseph’s (Apr. 15) to spark the first of two six-game hitting streaks (Apr. 15-25)… Hit a solo home run in Game 1 against Fairfield (Apr. 19), before adding a double in Game 2… Went 2-for-3 with a double in Game 1 at Marist (Apr. 25)… Went 3-for-5 with a double, an RBI and a run scored in the doubleheader at Siena (Apr. 26)… Had three hits, two runs scored and an RBI in a doubleheader sweep of regular-season co-champion Canisius (May 2)… Went 2-for-3 with a run scored and two RBI’s in Game 2 against Niagara (May 3)… Hit safely in all five conference tournament games, hitting .412 (7-for-17) with four doubles, four RBI’s and four runs scored for the tournament… Went 2-for-3 with two doubles, three RBI’s and two runs scored as the Hawks defeated top-seeded Canisius (May 7) on its home field… Had a double and a run scored in the first game of the championship round against Fairfield (May 9)… Added a 2-for-4 effort with a double, an RBI and a run scored in Game 2 of the championship round.

2014 (Junior):
Was named to the Preseason All-MAAC and MAAC All-Championship Teams… Hit .309 (2nd-Team) with a team-high 46 hits… Finished second on the team in runs (22), total bases (59) and home runs (2)… Hit seven doubles, good for third on the team, while finishing fifth in RBI’s (18) and slugging percentage (.396)… One of three Hawks to start all 43 games, all at third base… Had a team-high 12 multi-hit games… Homered in the season opener against Delaware (Mar. 1), and followed that up with a 3-for-4 effort with a stolen base at Norfolk State later that same day… Had four-consecutive multi-hit games (Mar. 8-14) as part of a season-long six-game hitting streak (Mar. 8-15), including a pair of doubles in the first game against Cornell (Mar. 8)… Went 3-for-4 at UC Santa Barbara (Mar. 14)… Went 2-for-4 with a run scored at Saint Joseph’s (Apr. 2)… Had a two-run double and a run scored in Game 1 against Siena (Apr. 6), before going 3-for-4 with a run scored in Game 2… Went 2-for-3 in Game 1 at Iona (Apr. 12)… Went 2-for-5 with a home run, three RBI’s and two runs scored in Game 2 at Fairfield (Apr. 13)… Had a five-game hitting streak (Apr. 19-23), including two-hit games against Quinnipiac (Apr. 20) and Penn (Apr. 23)… Had a double and two RBU’s in Game 1 at Quinnipiac (Apr. 20)… Went 1-for-3 with two RBI’s in Game 1 against Manhattan (May 4)… Hit safely in all three games of the MAAC Championships, including a 2-for-3 effort with a double against MAAC Regular Season Champion Marist (May 8).

2013 (Sophomore):
Led the team with a .329 batting average, .517 slugging percentage, 35 runs scored, five home runs, four triples, 38 RBI’s and 74 total bases, while hitting four doubles and stealing five bases in five attempts... Hit .354 with a team-high 16 RBI’s and a .585 slugging percentage in league games… Was named to the All-NEC Tournament Team… Earned NEC Player of the Week on April 29… Scored at least one run in each of the first seven games of the season… Homered and drove in three against Delaware State (Feb. 24)… Had a single, a walk, an RBI and two runs scored at Norfolk State (Feb. 24)… Scored twice each against Furman and Winthrop (Mar. 1)… Had two hits each at UNC-Greensboro (Mar. 3) and at George Mason (Mar. 8)… Had a double, a run scored and an RBI vs. Longwood (Mar. 10)… Went 3-for-4 with three runs scored and an RBI at Bethune-Cookman (Mar. 19)… Went 2-for-3 with an RBI vs. Bryant (Mar. 24)… Went 2-for-4 with two RBI’s and a run scored at Penn (April 3)… Homered and scored twice at Wagner (April 7)… Tripled, drove in two runs and scored another in the first game vs. LaSalle (April 9), before driving in two more in Game 2… Went 2-for-4 with three RBI’s and two runs scored vs. Temple (April 17)… Went 2-for-4 with a home run, four RBI’s, a run scored and a stolen base in Game 1 at Mount St. Mary’s (April 20) before driving in two more runs in Game 2… Went 2-for-4 with a homer, two RBI’s and two runs scored… Went 3-for-4 with a double, two runs scored and an RBI at LIU Brooklyn (April 27).. Went 4-for-4 with two triples, a double, five RBI’s and a run scored vs. Saint Francis (April 28)… Homered, walked, drove in two and scored a run at Robert Morris (May 10) in the NEC Tournament.   

2012 (Freshman):
Selected to the All-Northeast Conference First Team at third base after hitting .309 with 27 runs scored, four home runs and 23 RBI's in her initial collegiate campaign... Hit .314 with four home runs, 23 RBI's and 15 runs scored in league play... Immediately made her presence felt in her first collegiate action, piling up 12 hits in her first five games, including a 5-for-5 effort against Delaware (Feb. 26)... Instrumental in a win against Robert Morris (Mar. 31), hitting the game-winning home run, her second round tripper of the day against the Colonials...  Had seven multi-hit games... Stole three bases.

High School: Honored with three California Interscholastic Federation Section Achievements... Was named all-league five times... Earned the Hustle Award and two all-tournament honors... Led Ocean View to three league championships... Earned 13 outstanding academic achievements for the Seahawks... Received one CIF Award.

Personal: Born February 22, 1993 in Santa Ana, Calif.... Daughter of Celia and Jose Cardoza... Majoring in criminal justice with a psychology minor.

2012 .309 42 40 123 27 38 3 0 4 23
2013 .329 47 47 143 35 47 4 4 5 38
2014 .309 43 43 149 22 46 7 0 2 18
2015 .320 43 43 125 20 40 13 0 2 26
TOTAL .317 175 173 540 104 171 27 4 13 105

Position: Infielder
Height: 5'7"
Year: Sophomore
Hometown: Santa Ana, Calif.
High School: Ocean View
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