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HAWAI‘I FALLS IN SUPER REGIONAL – Hawai‘i’s record breaking season came to an end with a 7-1 loss to No. 1 Tennessee in the Knoxville Super Regional. Hawai‘i (50-13, 16-2 WAC) had a 1-0 lead off of Brandi Peiler’s home run, but the Lady Vols proved to be too much, scoring three runs in the fourth and four in the fifth to pull away, while UT’s ace, Monica Abbott, held UH off the scoreboard for the final five innings.

HAWAI‘I WINS REGIONAL  – Hawai‘i defeated Loyola Marymount, 9-0 in six innings to advance to the Super Regionals for the first time in UH history. Justine Smethurst (19-8) struck out seven en route to a four-hit shut-out. Kate Robinson went 3-for-4 with four RBI and Tyleen Tausaga also went 3-for-4 with three runs scored to lead UH to the victory at Easton Stadium in front of a crowd of 379.

For Smethurst, it was her 21st complete game and 10th shut-out of the season. No LMU runner reached third base in six innings of play.

Loyola Marymount’s Pagano started the game and lasted 0.1 innings before being lifted for Dykema. But Pagano re-entered to close the game in the sixth. She finished the game with 1.1 innings pitched, giving up three runs on six hits with no walks or strike outs. Dykema threw the balance of 4.2 innings. She gave up six runs on 10 hits with one strike out.

RAINBOW WAHINE END MAGICAL SEASON – The Rainbow Wahine concluded their storybook season with a 50-13 record and a 16-2 conference record-both are tops in program history. It marked only the second time that Hawai‘i hit the 50 win mark. The Rainbow Wahine also won their second WAC regular-season title and earned their seventh trip to the NCAA Regionals, the first time for either accomplishment since 2003. The Rainbow Wahine were undefeated en route to winning the Los Angeles Regional and advanced to their first ever Super Regionals. There, the Rainbow Wahine split the first two games with host, then No. 1 Tennessee, before falling in the deciding third game, ending one game short of reaching the Women’s College World Series.

The Rainbow Wahine finished the season statistically ranked amongst the nation’s elite. This season, Hawai‘i’s powerful offense became known for hitting home runs with the team launching a school record 84 homers. Junior All-American Kate Robinson led the charge with 19, the most in school history for a single season, while fellow All-American, senior Tyleen Tausaga added 15. Amazingly, 14 Rainbow Wahine hit at least one home run this season, including all of the team’s starters. The record-breaking squad also set new school records in runs scored (375), RBI (343), and walks (169).

FRENSO STATE FALLS IN REGIONAL – The Fresno State softball team dropped their second game of the NCAA Regional , losing 1-0 to No. 16 Stanford in the Palo Alto Regional. With the loss, the Bulldogs finish the season with a 47-18 record.

Fresno State, ranked No. 23, dropped its first game of the day to No. 3 LSU by a score of 1-0, before falling to No. 16 Stanford. Robin Mackin started the second game for the Bulldogs, pitching an unbelievable NCAA Regional before giving way to Merryann Barr in the third inning. Mackin gave up one run in the top of the third and Barr shut down the Cardinal the rest of the way.

Stanford broke the scoreless tie in the top of the third inning, putting together two singles to score Penna, who led the inning off with a single. After Mackin allowed the one run, coach Margie Wright replaced the right- hander with Merryann Barr. Barr quickly set down Stanford in the third, ending the Cardinal rally.
 Mackin pitched 18 1/3 innings straight in the regional, only allowing two runs over that span.

FRESNO STATE ENDS ANOTHER SUCCESSFUL SEASON – For the 26th-straight year, an NCAA record, the Fresno State softball team reached the 2007 NCAA Tournament. The feat capped off another successful run by the Bulldogs, ending the season with a 47-18 overall record and a No. 23 national ranking.  The Bulldogs won the 2007 WAC Tournament Title and earned the automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament. Fresno State was sent to the Palo Alto Regional, going 1-2 before ending the season. Overall, the 2007 season was very successful. Fresno State had six players earn all-WAC honors and had four players named to the WAC all-tournament team. Outside the WAC and following the conclusion of the season, the Bulldogs had four players earn West Region Honors. Robin Mackin, Nichole Willis and Jenna Cervantez were named to the first-team West Region and Kristin Sylvester was named to the second team.

WAC PLAYERS EARN ALL-AMERICAN HONORS  – Hawai‘i’s Rainbow Wahine Kate Robinson and Clare Warwick have been selected to the 2007 Easton All-America first team, while teammate Tyleen Tausaga was named to the second-team. Fresno State senior Nichole Willis and sophomore Robin Mackin were also named to the 2007 Easton All-American First Team.

Hawai‘i was also named one of four Easton Schools of the Year for its success on the field. The ‘Bows compiled an overall record of 50-13 and won the Western Athletic Conference regular season title with a 16-2 mark. Hawai‘i earned an at-large bid to its seventh NCAA Regionals and advanced to the school’s first ever Super Regional in Knoxville, Tenn.
 It is the first time since 1998 that three Hawai‘i players have been named to the Easton All-America team in the same season. In 1998, Tia Morenz earned first team honors; Joyce Lum was named to the second team, and Kelly Gentle made the honorable mention list. Robinson and Warwick’s first team honors is the first for UH since Stacey Porter received the honor in 2003. This is Tausaga’s second time being honored by Easton, last season she was selected as a third team member.

Robinson, a junior from Honolulu, O`ahu (Kamehameha Schools), had a phenomenal year, both on the mound and at the plate. Robinson was 17-1 this season, throwing 136.0 innings with 16 complete games, and eight shut-outs. She had a 2.01 ERA with only 23 walks to 101 strike outs this season while holding opponents to a .225 batting average. On offense, Robinson had career highs in every offensive category, finishing the season with a .358 average (67-for-187).

Warwick, UH’s third baseman who hails from Melba, Australia, was the model of consistency all season long at the plate. She led the team this year with 81 hits and 55 runs scored, both were also career-highs.  The 2007 WAC Player of the Year and four-time all-WAC selection, Tausaga, earned a place on the second-team by hitting career highs in average at .402 (74-for-184), runs scored (37), hits (74), home runs (15), and RBI (52). She became UH’s all-time record leader in RBI with 156 and walks (76).

This is the first honor for Willis and this is the second Easton All-American Team Mackin has made in two seasons at Fresno State. Mackin was named third-team Easton All-American last season.  Mackin set numerous school records this season. She made a single-season school record 55 appearances and tied Fresno State’s single-season win mark (36) by a pitcher.
 Mackin led Fresno State and the WAC in every pitching mark, notching her first 30-win season of career, and became the sixth Bulldog hurler to post a 30-win season. In the 2007 NCAA Regional action, she made her 100th career appearance in the circle and notched a 2-0 win over host No. 16 Stanford in the opening game for Fresno State.

Willis earned first-team all-WAC Honors, first-team all-West Region Honors and was named to the WAC Tournament Team. Willis threw out a career-high 20 would-be base stealers this year - third-best mark in single-season school history and against the Top 15, boasted a .991 fielding percentage (1 error in 107 chances) and threw out five runners in 10 attempts.

FRESNO STATE’S MACKIN REACHES MILESTONE – Fresno State sophomore right hander Robin Mackin shot past the 350 strikeout mark for the second consecutive year. Mackin ended the season with 369 this season in 311.1 innings pitched. Her 369 strikeouts are rank third all-time in a season in the WAC. She has totaled 771 strikeouts in her first two seasons which is fourth in the WAC in career strikeouts.

FRESNO STATE CAPTURES SECOND WAC TOURNAMENT – Fresno State captured its first WAC Softball title since 1999 with a come-from-behind win over Nevada at Bulldog Diamond in Fresno, Calif.
 A crowd of 1,143 fans packed Bulldog Diamond to see Fresno State take home the title. Robin Mackin earned  her fourth win of the of the tournament en route to the Most Valuable Player honor. After allowing the Wolf Pack to jump out to an early 3-0 lead, the All-American shut down the Wolf Pack not allowing another run. In her four starts, she did not allow an extra base hit.

Nevada scored three early runs off of Mackin and the Bulldogs. Brittany Puzey, who had late-inning heroics for the Wolf Pack yesterday, was 2-for-3 with one RBI and one run scored. But after the first inning the Wolf Pack were shut down.
 The Bulldogs slowly chipped away at the Nevada lead scoring one in the first  and one in the second before adding three runs over the last two innings.

2007 WAC Softball All-tournament team
Nichole Willis, Fresno State
Kristi Randall, New Mexico State
Kelly Harrison, San Jose State
Ashley Cameron, Louisiana Tech
Jordan McPherson, Nevada
Haley Perkins, Fresno State
Jenna Cervantez, Fresno State
Brittany Puzey, Nevada
Alana Power, Hawai‘i
Sam Bias, Nevada
Robin Mackin, Fresno State (MVP)

SPARTAN ASSISTANT COACH GALINDO INVITED TO NATIONAL TEAM TRAINING CAMP – USA Softball announced today the list of invitees for the 2007 USA Softball Women’s National Team selection camp. Among those chosen was San Jose State University’s assistant softball coach, Vicky Galindo. Galindo was a member of the 2006 World Cup championship team that also took home a gold medal at the Pan America game. The camp will be held June 11-15 at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif., and will be used to select the 2007 USA Softball Women’s National Team that will compete in the KFC World Cup of Softball, July 12-16 in Oklahoma City and the Pan American Games, July 20-30, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

NINE NAMED TO WEST ALL-REGION TEAM – Nine WAC softball players were named to the NFCA (National Fastpitch Coaches Association) West Region Teams. The WAC had six named to the first team and three named to the second team. Hawai‘i led the way with four on the two teams. Junior catcher Ashley Roszkos was selected to the NFCA (National Fastpitch Coaches Association) West Region Second Team on Wednesday, May 16. Roszkos becomes just the third player in Aggie softball history to be named to the all-region team.

Roszkos batted .351 on the year with 61 hits and scored 33 runs while earning second-team all-WAC honors. She ranked second in the conference for doubles, fourth in slugging percentage and total bases, fifth in RBI and struck out only 14 times in 174 at-bats (just eight percent of the time). NMSU’s talented catcher gets in done defensively as well. Her .986 career fielding percentage is the fifth best in Aggie softball history.

Senior Nichole Willis was named the first team catcher, junior Jenna Cervantez was named as the first team second baseman and sophomore Robin Mackin was named to the first team as a pitcher.

Junior Kristin Sylvester was honored on the second team, being named the first baseman. With four players honored, the Bulldogs landed the most on the West Region since the 1999 season, when Fresno State had six players honored.
 For Nichole Willis, this marks her first first-team honor. In 2005, Willis was named to the Second Team all-West Region. Jenna Cervantez made her first appearance on the all-West Region team, along with Sylvester. Robin Mackin, in her sophomore season, is making her second-straight first team all-West Region selection.

Hawai‘i junior Kate Robinson, sophomore Justine Smethurst, senior Tyleen Tausaga, and sophomore Clare Warwick were all named to the all-West Region first team. It is the most first team players Hawai‘i has ever had in a single season.

Robinson earned a spot on the first team as a pitcher/utility player. On the mound, she is at 16-1 overall and 8-0 in conference play. She has a 1.76 ERA with 15 complete games and eight shut-outs.  Smethurst, a pitcher from Victoria, Australia, fired a no-hitter at Utah State in a 11-0 win in six innings which highlighted her sophomore campaign. In the game she struck out 10 Aggies.   Tausaga, one of the senior leaders on the record setting team, has with a team-high .410 average (73-for-178) with career highs in runs scored (37), hits (73), 15 home runs and 51 RBI. She was named as a utility/non-pitcher to the first team.

Warwick, along with Robinson and Tausaga, started all 60 games during the regular season. She patrolled the hot corner solidly and at the plate, led the team with 72 hits and 50 runs scored, both are career highs.

 Nevada’s Brittany Puzey was named to the all-West Region second team. The sophomore was named to the all-WAC first team as an outfielder. This is her first appearance on the all-region team. Puzey ended the season hitting .404 in conference games. The Minden, Nev., native ended her sophomore season first on the team in several categories including, slugging percentage (.665), total bases (113), RBI (52), runs scored (33), doubles (18) and home runs (13).

HAWAI‘I CAPTURES REGULAR SEASON CROWN – Hawai‘i won it’s second WAC title with a 14-2 win over Utah State at Johnson Field in Logan, Utah on April 28.  Kate Robinson went 4-for-4 with a single, double, and two home runs. She broke UH’s single-season record with her second round-tripper of the game. She passed former UH stand-out Stacey Porter who hit 17 in 2003. It is Hawai‘i’s first conference title since 2003, and third overall with UH taking the Big West title in 1994. The Rainbow Wahine have the best regular season record in school history.

LONG BALL RECORD TIED AGAIN  – The Bulldogs tied a WAC record with six home runs in a WAC game on April 13 against New Mexico State. Not to be outdone, Hawai‘i also tied this record against Fresno State on April 20. Fresno State originally set the record against Nevada in 2004. Hawai‘i also hit six long balls against Loyola Marymount on Feb. 21. In the three-game series, Fresno State hit nine home runs, including two apiece from Haley Perkins, Jenna Cervantez and Kristin Sylvester. Nichole Willis, Shannon Garvin and Ashley White each hit one home run. 

WAC RECORD SHATTERED – Hawai‘i has broken the WAC record for home runs in a season with 80 home runs in 60 games. The record was 50 set by Fresno State in 2004. Last season, the Rainbow Wahine hit a school-record 42 in 54 games. Hawai‘i had 311 RBI through the regular season. Kate Robinson is closing in on former Fresno State All-American Christina Clark’s single-season home run record. Robinson currently has 18 home runs. Clark had 23 long balls in 2004. The Hawai‘i record was 17 by Stacey Porter in 2003.

ACADEMIC HONORS – Fresno State sophomore pitcher Robin Mackin was named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District 8 First Team and sophomore shortstop Haley Perkins was named to the All-District 8 Second Team. Mackin and Perkins, both in their sophomore seasons, earned their first honor in the first year they were eligible for the award.
 New Mexico State sophomore pitcher Kim Watson was recently named to the ESPN the Magazine’s 2007 Academic All-District Softball Team in District VI as announced by CoSIDA (College Sports Information Directors of America). This honor goes along with the several other academic honors that Watson has received in her young career. She was a 2006 NFCA Scholar Athlete and was selected to the 2006 Academic all-WAC team.

San Jose State junior Kelly Harrison was named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic all-District VIII Second Team as announced by CoSIDA on Thursday, May 10. Harrison joins Spartan softball greats Courtney Lewis, Carlie Hill, Tara Hall, Victoria Ruelas, and Roz Rios with this great honor.

To be elgible for the Academic all-District Team, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.20 on a scale of 4.00, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standings at her current institution and be nominated by her sports information director. Since the program’s inception in 1952, CoSIDA has bestowed Academic All-America honors on more than 14,000 student-athletes in Divisions I, II, III and NAIA covering all NCAA championship sports.

THE WAC IN THE POLLS – Hawai‘i, which made its first ever trip to the NCAA Super Regionals, finished the season ranked 12th in the final USA Today/NFCA Poll. The team also finished 13th in the Softball poll.
 The Rainbow Wahine’s final ranking at No. 12 is the second highest finish in school history, behind the 1995 team which concluded the season ranked 10th in the USA Today/NFCA final poll. The highest ranking ever in the NFCA poll was seventh in Week five of the 1998 season. After making its first ever appearance in the Softball poll in Week Three at No. 23, Hawai‘i steadily climbed the rankings, ending at 13 for the final two polls.

 Fresno State who reached its 26th-straight NCAA Championship ended the season ranked No. 25 in both polls.

NEW HOME FOR WOLF PACK – Christina Hixson Softball Complex was named after the benefactor whose donation allowed Nevada to purchase the land for the softball complex.  The land for the facility was purchased from Bishop Manogue Catholic High School and is located adjacent to campus. The 23-acre site is also home to the field events for Wolf Pack women’s track and field. The softball facility has 168 permanent chair backs behind home plate. The facility can hold up to 1,000 fans comfortably with room for lawn chairs on the burms behind the first and third base lines. 

WATSON THROWS NO-HITTER – Sophomore pitcher Kim Watson threw her first career no-hitter in the Aggies 5-0 win over Utah State on May 4. In the game she picked up her seventh shutout of the season and pitched her 17th complete ball game. She became the second Aggie to toss a no-hitter this year, as freshman Vanessa Fitzgerald threw a no-no in her first career start against McNeese State back on Feb. 23. This season marks just the second time in school history that the Aggies have thrown two no-hitters in one season (the 1996 team threw three no-hitters).


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