Ciara Luna is Lamar softball’s career strikeout with 267 over the past two seasons. Photo by Jeff Kellum, LU Athletics.
(Beaumont) – Former Seguin High School standout Ciara Luna capped her college softball career at Lamar University with a selection to the All-Southland Conference Second team at the conclusion of the 2017 season, and she also finished as the Cardinals’ career strikeout leader with 267 over the past two years.
Luna, an All-Southland selection in the pitcher’s circle for the second straight season, went 19-18 as a senior with a 3.00 ERA, 157 strikeouts, and 45 walks in 240-1/3 innings of work.
The former Matador helped the Cardinals to a 34-31 record and a berth in the National Invitational Softball Championship, where they ultimately suffered a controversial 3-1 loss to Liberty in the weather shortened tournament title game.
As a junior at Lamar in 2016, Luna was named the Southland Newcomer of the Year after going 17-8 with a 2.60 ERA
Luna played her first two seasons of college softball at Navarro College in Corsicana before transferring to Lamar in 2015. She was a first-team all-conference selection both seasons, a Second Team All-America choice as a freshman, and an All-Region honoree as a sophomore. Luna went 20-7 with a 1.47 ERA her freshman year, and followed with a 20-5 mark and a 1.59 ERA in her sophomore campaign.
Luna, a 2013 Seguin graduate, was a four-year varsity starter for the Matadors and garnered District MVP honors and multiple All-District accolades as a high school standout.
Luna combined with 2012 Seguin alum Kate Bateman to give coach John Garcia’s squads a formidable 1-2 punch in the pitcher’s circle. The duo helped the Mats advance to the regional semifinals in 2010, and to the regional quarterfinals in 2012.