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Verizon WAC Softball Hitter and Pitcher of the Week
Courtesy: WAC
DENVER – New Mexico State’s Valerie Swedberg and Hawai‘i’s Stephanie Ricketts have been named the Verizon Western Athletic Conference Hitter and Pitcher of the Week, respectively, for May 2-8. This is the first-ever honor for Swedberg and the second of the season and seventh of her career for Ricketts.

Swedberg, a freshman utility player from Albuquerque, N.M., helped New Mexico State to its first WAC title with a sweep of Boise State last week. She reached base seven times in 10 at-bats with three extra-base hits, including a home run and a pair of doubles. She also batted in six runs. Swedberg hit .700 on the weekend, with a .700 on-base percentage and a 1.200 slugging percentage. She notched at least two hits in each game of the series as the Aggies posted their program-record fifth WAC series sweep of the season.

Ricketts, a junior from San Jose, Calif., went 2-0 with a 0.58 ERA while holding San Jose State to a .159 batting average in two complete-game wins last week. In her first appearance, she fired a two-hit shutout with a walk and five strikeouts. It marked her ninth shutout of the season. In the series finale, she took a shutout through the sixth inning before giving up the only run for the Spartans. She struck out eight and walked just one batter. With 13 strikeouts last week, Ricketts is now just two away from tying All-American Brooke Wilkins for the Hawai‘i career strikeout record of 585.

Other Hitter of the Week nominees included: Boise State’s Christina Capobianco hit .667 with a pair of home runs … Brooke Ortiz of Fresno State hit .778 with three RBI … Hawai‘i’s Jessica Iwata hit .667 with nine RBI in a sweep of San Jose State … Katelynn Hill of Louisiana Tech hit .600 with a double, a home run and three RBI last week ... Nevada’s Megan Fincher homered and drove in three runs against Fresno State last week … Megan McDonald of Utah State hit .625 with four runs scored and one RBI last week.

Other Pitcher of the Week nominees included: Fresno State’s Michelle Moses was 2-0 with 19 strikeouts on the week … Meghan Krieg of Louisiana Tech went 2-1 with 27 strikeouts last week … Nevada’s Ariel Craig earned the win against Fresno State in just her third collegiate start … Celisha Walker of New Mexico State picked up a complete-game win against Boise State.
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