This Week in WAC Softball - April 6
Hawai`i’s Katie Grimes and Louisiana Tech’s Meghan Krieg have been named the Verizon Western Athletic Conference Hitter and Pitcher of the Week, respectively, for March 29-April 4. This is the first honor of the season and second of her career for Grimes and the first honor of the season and third of her career for Krieg.
Grimes, a senior catcher from Tampa, Fla., hit .556 with a 1.667 slugging percentage and .636 on-base percentage as the Rainbow Wahine swept New Mexico State on the road last week. The ninth batter in the line-up, she drove in a team-high eight runs and hit a team-high three home runs over the three games. In the first game of the series, Grimes started UH’s home run barrage with a two-run homer in the third inning to break open a scoreless game. In the following inning, she came through with a two-out, RBI single for her third RBI of the game. In the second game of the series, Grimes launched a career-high two homers and scored a career-high three runs in the 14-3 win. She also threw out the only attempt at a stolen base by the Aggies. In the series finale, Grimes had a bases-clearing double that helped lift UH to a five-inning, 13-1 win.
Krieg, a junior from Sonora, Texas, was a perfect 3-0 on the week with a 0.70 ERA. In three road wins, she recorded three complete-game victories while holding opponents to a .174 batting average. In 20.0 innings, Krieg allowed 12 hits and just two earned runs while striking out 22 batters. She opened the week with nine strikeouts in a win at Centenary. In two wins over San Jose State, a team that entered the week batting .312 as a team, Krieg held the Spartans to six hits and one run in 13.0 innings. She tossed a one-hit shutout in a 2-0 victory over the Spartans and then came back with an impressive 9-1 win the following day.
Other Hitter of the Week nominees included: Boise State’s Jessi Hanna hit .412 with four RBI last week … Andrea Ortega of Fresno State hit .529 with nine hits and four RBI on the week … Britton Murdock of Nevada hit .429 with four RBI on the week … New Mexico State’s Kandis Jones hit .500 with five hits last week ... Natasha Hawkins of San Jose State hit .500 with one homer on the week ... Utah State’s Kali Cancelosi hit .636 with two home runs and three RBI last week.
Other Pitcher of the Week nominees included: Boise State’s Aubray Zell went 2-0 with a 0.69 ERA … Michelle Moses of Fresno State went 1-0 with 15 strikeouts last week … Hawai`i’s Stephanie Ricketts went 2-0 on the week … Amanda Pridmore of San Jose State went 1-1 with a 0.58 ERA last week.
NEW MEXICO STATE TO HOST 2010 TOURNAMENT
New Mexico State will host the WAC Softball Tournament for the first time ever in 2010. The top six teams will advance to the double-elimination tournament, which will be held at the NM State Softball Complex from May 12-15. It is the first time the Aggies have hosted the event.
Top-seeded Fresno State defeated No. 2-seed Nevada 3-2 in eight innings to claim its third WAC Tournament title last season in Fresno and earn the WAC’s automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament.
WAC TOURNAMENT TICKETS ON SALE
All-session tournament tickets for the 2010 WAC Softball Tournament are available for purchase. The top six teams in the conference will advance to the double elimination tournament, which will be held May 12-15 at the NM State Softball Complex in Las Cruces, N.M.
Ticket prices for the 2010 WAC Softball Tournament are as follows:
All-Session Single Day
Adult $25 $12
Senior (65 years and above) $20 $10
Youth (18 years and under) $10 $5
WAC Students (w/ valid ID) $10 $5
All tickets are general admission.
Tickets can be purchased either online at ticketmaster.com or through the Pan American Center Ticket Office by calling (575) 646-1420. On the Ticketmaster site, search WAC Softball Tournament to find the sales site and make your purchase. There is a $2.75 per ticket service charge applied for online sales.
The Pan American Center Ticket Office is open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., and Saturday from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. (MT).
HAWAI`I CLOSING IN ON WAC RECORD FOR HOME RUNS IN A SEASON
With 80 home runs in 20 games this season and a minimum of 15 games remaining, Hawai`i should crush the current WAC record of 84 homers, which the Rainbow Wahine set during the 2007 season. In addition, at its current pace of 4.0 home runs per game, with a minimum of 14 games remaining, Hawai`i would finish the season with 140 home runs, which would break the NCAA record of 126 homers set by Arizona in 2001.
MAJAM INCHING TOWARD UH SINGLE-SEASON HOME RUN RECORD
Hawai`i freshman Kelly Majam currently has 20 home runs this season, good for second place all-time in the UH single-season record books and just one behind the current record of 21, set by Kate Robinson in 2008. With a minimum of 15 games remaining this season, at her current pace, Majam would finish the season with 27, which would best the current WAC record of 23 set by Christina Clark of Fresno State in 2004.
Boise State Broncos (14-21, 4-2 WAC)
The Broncos went 3-4 on their Spring Break road trip to California last week, splitting doubleheaders against Sacramento State (11-2 and 5-7) and Pacific (1-9 and 4-2), before going 1-2 (0-5, 1-0 and 2-3) at Fresno State ... Jessi Hanna led the team with a .412 batting average and a .565 on-base percentage ... Aubray Zell has held opponents scoreless in 14 consecutive innings, including 12 innings against Fresno State. She earned the win in Broncos’ first-ever win over Fresno State ... Zell has won her last four decisions ... Boise State has tied its WAC win total from last year in only the second week of conference play ... The Broncos picked up their first true road win of the season last week and went on to pick up two more on the week ... The Broncos host Utah for a doubleheader on Tuesday, then host Hawai`i for a three-game series this Friday and Saturday.
Fresno State Bulldogs (25-13, 4-2 WAC)
The Bulldogs went 4-1 last week, sweeping a doubleheader at UC Santa Barbara (5-4 and 9-1) before going 2-1 (5-0, 0-1 and 3-2) against Boise State in WAC play ... Andrea Ortega hit a team-high .529 last week with five runs, nine hits, one stolen base, one double, one triple and two walks. Ortega got on base in all nine at bats at UC Santa Barbara and hit .800 in that series ... Michelle Moses went 1-0 with a save in 11.2 innings last week. She had a career-high 15 strikeouts and picked up her first career WAC win in the circle. In the deciding game of the three-game series with the Broncos, Moses entered with two outs in the seventh and got the final out to pick up her first career save. She is now 5-0 on the season in the circle ... The Bulldogs host Utah State for a three-game series this Friday and Saturday.
Hawai`i Rainbow Wahine (28-11, 6-0 WAC)
The Rainbow Wahine swept the series vs. New Mexico State last weekend, 9-8, 14-3 and 13-1 (5) ... Katie Grimes hit .556 and had a 1.667 slugging percentage and .636 on-base percentage over the three games. She drove in eight runs and hit three home runs ... Stephanie Ricketts tossed two complete-game wins over NM State ... The Rainbow Wahine hit 13 home runs last week, raising their team total to 80 through 39 games. The team is now just four homers shy of breaking UH’s record of 84 in 2007 ... All nine of UH’s offensive starters have now hit at least five home runs each, while 13 different players have launched at least one this year ... Kelly Majam is one homer shy of tying former UH All-American Kate Robinson’s record of 21 set in 2008 ... Hawai`i has outscored its opponents 257-121, with 133 of the runs scored coming from home runs ... The Rainbow Wahine play a doubleheader at Utah State on Wednesday, then play at three-game series at Boise State this Friday and Saturday.
Louisiana Tech Techsters (17-11, 4-2 WAC)
The Lady Techsters went 3-1 last week, beating Centenary 4-1 before going 2-1 (2-0, 9-1 and 2-10) at San Jose State last weekend ... Meghan Krieg was a perfect 3-0 on the week with a 0.70 ERA. She recorded three complete-game victories while holding opponents to a .174 batting average and struck out 22 batters. In two wins over San Jose State, Krieg held the Spartans to six hits and one run in 13.0 innings ... Krieg has worked 142.2 innings this season, allowing 101 hits and 95 walks while striking out a WAC-best 178 batters. Opponents are hitting .197 against Krieg, including only 20 extra base hits ... The Techsters play a single game at Texas-Arlington on Tuesday before hosting New Mexico State for a three-game series this Friday and Saturday.
Nevada Wolf Pack (14-16, 1-4 WAC)
The Wolf Pack went 0-2 at Utah State last Friday, falling 4-12 (6) and 7-11 ... The third game of the series was canceled due to field conditions after it snowed ... Britton Murdock hit .429 with a double and a grand slam in the two games ... Noelle Micka, who entered the series on a 20-game hitting streak, went 0-for-4 in the first game to snap the streak. She then went 3-for-4 in the nightcap ... The Wolf Pack host San Jose State for a three-game series this Friday and Saturday.
New Mexico State Aggies (17-16, 0-6 WAC)
The Aggies dropped all three games of the series vs. Hawai`i last weekend, falling 8-9, 3-14 and 1-13 (5) ... Kandis Jones led the Aggies, batting .500 in the series with three runs scored and a pair of RBI ... Jones is currently on an 11-game hitting streak, the longest of the season for the Aggies ... The Aggies average more than six runs per game (6.37) to rank No. 17 nationally ... NM State claims the No. 11 slot in the country with a batting average of .333 this season ... Hoku Nohara ranks fifth in the nation with a 0.588 slugging percentage ... NM State hosts instate rival New Mexico for a single game on Tuesday, then travels to Louisiana Tech for a three-game series this Friday and Saturday.
San Jose State Spartans (24-13, 1-5 WAC)
The Spartans went 1-2 against Louisiana Tech last weekend, dropping the first two games 0-2 and 1-9 (6) before taking the finale, 10-2 (5) ... Natasha Hawkins hit .500 on the week, despite not having an official at bat in the first game of the series because she was walked three times. She hit a three-run home run in the series finale and added a double in the first game on Saturday ... Amanda Pridmore went 1-1 with a 0.58 ERA on the week. She allowed just one and held LA Tech to a .196 batting average ... The Spartans host Santa Clara on Tuesday, play at Pacific on Thursday and travel to Nevada for a three-game series this Friday-Saturday.
Utah State Aggies (14-15, 3-2 WAC)
The Aggies went 2-2 last week, dropping a doubleheader at Utah Valley (1-3 and 4-13) before taking a doubleheader vs. Nevada (12-4 and 11-7) ... The third game of the series was cancelled due to poor field conditions ... Utah State hit six home runs in the two games. In the first game, Shasta Tyteca hit a grand slam to give USU a 12-4 lead. It was her first home run of the season. She added another bomb in the second game ... USU pounded five home runs in the second game of the doubleheader, including two by freshman Kali Cancelosi. Fellow freshman Tina Ferguson and senior Simone Hubbard rounded out the arsenal for the Aggies ... The Aggies have already tied last season’s WAC win total. Last season, USU was 3-17 in WAC play and went 2-15 in 2008 ... Shelbi Tyteca leads the WAC with three saves ... The Aggies host No. 25 Hawai`i for a doubleheader this Wednesday, then travel to Fresno State for a three-game series this Friday and Saturday.