Cougars break open scoreless pitcher's duel with five-run fifth
2014: Started every game at catcher ... Big Ten Distinguished Scholar ... Academic All-Big Ten ... Completed a three-run, bottom-of-the-seventh Northwestern comeback in a win against Utah (2/8) with a game-tying two-run triple before scoring the winning run herself ... Walked twice, drove in a run and scored against George Washington (2/15) ... Batted .545 in five games at the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic ... Finished a career-best 3-for-3 with a run against No. 18 Oklahoma (2/21) ... Clubbed a two-run double against San Diego State that proved to be the winning runs in a 4-2 decision (2/22) ... Singled, walked, drove in a run and scored against LIU Brooklyn (2/22) ... Singled, walked and scored twice in a run-rule win over UC Santa Barbara (3/1) ... Kickstarted a four-run, sixth-inning rally against Western Michigan with an RBI single (3/8) ... Finished 3-for-4 with two runs scored against Wisconsin (3/21) ... Had a career game in a 13-2 (5) run-rule win over Northern Illinois (3/26), crushing a grand slam and a two-run single to finish with a career-best six RBIs ... Broke open a Wildcats win at Iowa with a two-run double in the first game of a doubleheader, then went 2-for-3 with an RBI triple in game two (4/5) ... Was 2-for-4 with a run in NU's win at No. 14 Minnesota (4/11) ... The next day, clubbed a three-run home run against the Gophers ... Finished 2-for-3 with two RBIs and a run, clubbing a walk-off, bottom-of-the-seventh single to defeat Indiana (4/20) ... Drove in a run with a double in game two of a series with Michigan State (5/3) before finishing 2-for-3 on Senior Day versus MSU (5/4) ... Went 2-for-4 with a grand slam to help break open a 10-4 win over Michigan State in the opening round of the Big Ten Tournament (5/8) ... Was 2-for-4 with two RBIs and a solo home run in an NCAA Tournament elimination game against Iona (5/16) ... Finished 2-for- 4 with a run in another elimination game later that day versus BYU.
2013: Started every game at catcher ... Academic All-Big Ten ... NFCA All-America Scholar-Athlete ... Caught seven shutouts and a pair of Amy Letourneau no-hitters on the season ... Finished 1-for-2 with a walk against No. 2 Oklahoma (2/10) ... Was 1-for-2 with a walk, two runs and her first-career triple (that was a foot from leaving the park) in a win over Middle Tennessee State (2/16) ... Sparked a come-from-behind win over Loyola Marymount with a two-run, game-tying, seventh-inning double and also scored twice in the contest (2/23) ... Went 1-for-3 with two walks and two runs in a win over LIU Brooklyn (2/24) ... In the 112th start of her career, crushed her first-collegiate home run courtesy of a two-run shot against Massachusetts (3/9) ... Went 0-for-1 at the plate, but scored a run, drove in a run and had a walk and a sacrifice in a win over Minnesota (3/29) ... Also called and caught an Amy Letourneau no-hitter in that game ... Caught another Letourneau no-no the following week in an 8-0 (5) run-rule win over Illinois (4/5) ... Hit a solo home run and scored twice in a win over Iowa (4/14) ... Smashed a soaring solo home run over the video board at Penn State (4/19) ... In the second game at PSU, did not record an official at-bat while executing a sacrifice bunt and walking four times ... Scored all four times she walked to match the NU single-game record for runs in a game (4/20) ... Had a career day at UIC (5/1), finshing 2-for-3 with a double, a single, a sacrifice fly and a career-best four RBIs.
2012: Started every game at catcher, often appearing in the flex position in the offensive lineup ... Walked and scored a run in NU's season-opener against Texas Tech (2/10) ... Batted .667 (4-for-6) in three games at the rain-shortened Mardi Gras Invitational ... Went 2-for-4 with a double and a run versus Louisiana Tech (2/17) ... Was a perfect 2-for-2 with a walk against North Carolina (2/19) ... Finidhed 2-for-3 against East Carolina (3/3) ... Walked twice, drove in a run and scored a run in a win over Massachusetts (3/20) ... Went 2-for-3 in the opening game of Northwestern's series at Wisconsin (3/31) ... Flexed into the lineup to run in a game against Illinois (5/11), stealing a base and scoring a run.
2011: Appeared in 36 games, making 31 starts at catcher ... Went 1-for-2 with two walks and a run scored against UC Davis (2/18) ... Finished 2-for-3 versus No. 10 Washington (2/20) ... Clubbed a two-run double against Cal State Northridge (3/5) ... Stole a base and scored a run as a pinch runner at Saint Mary's (3/22) ... Went 0-for-1 in two starts against Ohio State (4/23-4/24), but still scored three runs and had one successful sacrifice ... Went 1-for-1 with a sacrifice at Penn State (5/14).
High School: Named the All-Arizona Team catcher and All-State first team by the Arizona Republic in 2010 ... Honorable mention Arizona RepublicAll-State choice in 2009 ... Three-time all-region first team selection (2007, 2009-10) ... Owns school records for career and single-season doubles and runs scored while also holding her high school's mark for career RBIs ... Hit a three-run home run in the Arizona state semifinal game in 2010 during Centennial's state championship season ... Team finished as state runner-up in 2007 ... Participated in the 5A All-State Game for seniors in 2010 ... Played seven years of club with the Arizona Storm before playing one year with the AZ Hotshots ... Club squad won the 2005 ASA Hall of Fame title, took fifth in the 16U National's in 2008 and placed 17th at the 2009 18U Gold Nationals ... Also played four years of volleyball in high school ... Four-year scholar athlete for softball ... Named high school student-athlete of the month ... Honor roll all four years.
Personal Born Paige Nicole Tonz ... Daughter of Tami and Dan Tonz ... Grandfather played football at Arizona ... Is a ceramic artist ... Chose Northwestern over South Carolina ... Majoring in communication studies.
GET TO KNOW TONZ
If you could be any other NU Athlete for a day, who would you be?... Dan Persa #persastrong. Favorite Athlete... Larry Fitzgerald...Go Cards! Favorite Food... Chocolate chip cookies! (preferably homemade). Favorite Song... Bright Side of Life by Rebelution. Nicknames... PiiiiAGE, Piatch, Paigey Poo, Paigey. Hobbies... ceramics, watching movies, playing guitar, painting, Pinterest. Favorite Reality Show... Not a big fan of reality TV. Favorite actor/actress... Kate Hudson, Mila Kunis, and Charlie Day. Favorite Movie... How to Lose a Guy in Ten Days and He's Just Not That into You. If you could spend a day with any three people, alive or dead, who would they be?... Johnny Knoxville, Larry Fitzgerald, Liam Hensworth. Favorite pro sports team... Diamondbacks, Cardinals, Suns, and Coyotes! Yeah AZ! Favorite TV shows... Gossip Girl, Dexter, Friday Night Lights, Whitney, Modern Family, Vampire Diaries, Pretty Little Liars. When I was little, I wanted to be a... dolphin trainer at Sea World :) No one can believe that I... ran into a a brick wall face first and have two fake teeth! I hate to admit it but I love... Twilight. Secret talent... I can make my own pottery on the wheel! Pre game ritual... visualization and getting an inspirational text from my mom :) If I could play any other sport at NU, it would be... volleyball. An artist that no one would believe I have on my ipod... The Juno soundtrack. Favorite midnight snack... apple and peanut butter...or a chocolate chip cookie :) If I could eat one meal for the rest of my life it would be... Enchiladas!! Love Mexican food! Favorite class at NU... sculpture. After I graduate I want to be... an event planner. Favorite Holiday Tradition... when we used to go to Colorado every July 4th (for a softball tournament) Something that is on your bucket list... have my own little pottery shop. A place I would love to visit... Greece. Facebook or Twitter?... Facebook. If I could be any character from a TV show or Movie I would be... Serena Van der Woodsen from Gossip Girl because she's beautiful, powerful, and has the BEST clothes! Best thing about NU... The people I am surrounded by, the opportunities I have been given, and the person that I am becoming. Favorite NUSB memory... Monka running into the wall when the turf room was pitch black at 7 in the morning, movie nights/Sundays with my `Cats, catching my first game in Arizona against Oklahoma, and of course Mafia! If you were on the amazing race, what teammate would go with you?... Sammy, Ris, or Jenny. Funniest person on the team?Caryl and Riv Girl! Best dancer on the team?Lambootay! Biggest prankster on the team?Sheiki. If you were on minute to win it, who would be your partner?... Scharkey. If you got into the Cash Cab, which teammates would you want to be with you?... Mari.