Tory Ferreira is the model of consistency on the mound for the Lancers. She has been a member of the California Baptist University softball team for the last four years and has never had an ERA above 1.50.
What stands out about Ferreira is her work ethic and her dedication to her craft. She understands that in order to be a great pitcher, she needs to put in the work.
“I have always liked what I do, so I was always willing to put in the time,” Ferreira said. “I was always driven to do well.”
Following in the footsteps of her sisters, also pitchers, Ferreira has known that her place was on the mound since she was 6 years old.
She came to CBU in 2009, after some of her friends committed to the university and she was offered a scholarship.
“I was never sure I wanted to come to CBU, but it ended up being close to home and they offered me a deal, so it made sense,” Ferreira said.
She exploded onto the scene in 2009, her first year with the Lancers, going 24-0 with a 0.92 ERA. That year she earned National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics and Golden State Athletic Conference pitcher of the year honors.
2009 was also the year that the Lancers went 61-5 and won an NAIA national championship.
“It’s hard to pick a favorite memory of my time here,” Ferreira said. “Winning the championship was pretty amazing.”
2009 was also the first year for teammate and fellow All-American ace Emma Holden.
Ferreira and Holden have held down the mound for the Lancers for the last four years and have been a nearly unbeatable combination, earning a combined 136-10 record from 2009-2011.
“Emma is one of my best friends on the team,” Ferreira said. “We are very proud of each other when the other pitches a really good game.”
This friendship has also sparked some healthy competition among the two, as Ferreira admits that secretly she does enjoy when she can record a better outing than Holden on a particular night.
Ferreira and Holden are two of the most successful pitchers in program history and their names can be found together in the top five of eight career statistical categories: ERA, opponent batting average, wins, appearances, starts, complete games, shutouts and innings pitched.
They are also the only Lancers on the team to throw a pitch in 2012.
Ferreira credits her success to hard work and the help of the coaching staff, which is filled with new faces this year.
“This year’s coaches are great, it is mostly a new staff, except the head coach [Bill Baber], he has been here as an assistant the whole time I’ve been here,” Ferreira said.
After graduation, Ferreira plans to attend graduate school at CBU or another local university and aspires to become a marriage and family counselor. She also hopes to be married and find enjoyment in activities other than softball.
“As of now I am done with softball after this year,” Ferreira said. “I know I will probably miss it more than I think I will but as of right now I have other plans.”