This Week in WAC Softball - April 13
Hawai`i’s Jessica Iwata and Louisiana Tech’s Meghan Krieg have been named the Verizon Western Athletic Conference Hitter and Pitcher of the Week, respectively, for April 5-11. This is the first-ever honor for Iwata and the second honor of the season and fourth of her career for Krieg.
Iwata, a freshman shortstop from Lihu`e, Kaua`i, hit .600 with a 1.600 slugging percentage and .636 on-base percentage as the Rainbow Wahine posted series sweeps of Utah State and Boise State on the road last week. She had 12 hits, six of which were home runs, two grand slams and 17 RBI in five games last week. In UH’s first game of the week at Utah State, she put the game away in the top of the sixth with her first career grand slam. In the second half of the doubleheader, she matched her career high with four hits. In the series finale at Boise State, Iwata tied the school and WAC record with three home runs and drove in a school-record eight RBI, tying the WAC single-game record. Iwata hit safely in all five games and is in the middle of a career-high 11 game hitting streak.
Krieg, a junior from Sonora, Texas, was a perfect 3-0 on the week with a 1.33 ERA. She recorded three complete-game victories while holding opponents to a .187 batting average on the week. In 21.0 innings, Krieg allowed 14 hits while striking out 25 batters and walking 10. She also recorded her 500th career strikeout in Tech’s 2-1 win over New Mexico State in the first game of the three-game WAC series, becoming only the sixth player in program history to reach the mark. She also recorded her 200th strikeout of the season in Saturday’s win, becoming just the second player in Tech history with multiple seasons of 200 or more strikeouts. In two wins over NM State, a team that entered the weekend ranked first in the WAC with a .340 batting average, Krieg held the Aggies to nine hits and two runs in 14.0 innings. Krieg has now won six straight decisions.
Other Hitter of the Week nominees included: Boise State’s Kellie Kaplan hit .533 last week … Nicole Angene of Fresno State hit .625 with four RBI on the week … Nevada’s Kelsey Starr hit .571 with three doubles and seven RBI in three games last week … San Jose State’s Kelli Fangonilo hit .308 on the week ... Simone Hubbard of Utah State hit .385 with three RBI last week.
Other Pitcher of the Week nominees included: Fresno State’s Michelle Moses went 1-0 with a 0.88 ERA and a save last week … Stephanie Ricketts of Hawai`i went 4-0 on the week with a 1.69 ERA … San Jose State’s Amanda Pridmore of went 2-0 and posted two saves last week.
UH’S IWATA NAMED LOUISVILLE SLUGGER/NFCA NATIONAL PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Hawai`i freshman shortstop Jessica Iwata has been named as the Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division I National Player of the Week for games played between April 5-11.
Iwata went 12-for-20 on the week with nine runs, 17 RBI, two doubles, six home runs, two grand slams and two walks. She finished the week with a 1.600 slugging percentage, a .636 on-base percentage and a .600 batting average.
The Lihue, Hawai`i, native hit safely in all five of her games this week, including recording multiple hits in four of those games and multiple RBI in three. In the Rainbow Wahine’s final game against Boise State on Saturday, Iwata went yard on three separate occasions and drove in a school single-game record eight RBI.
Hawai`i finished last week with a prefect 5-0 record and will enter this week at 33-11 overall and 11-0 in the WAC. The Rainbow Wahine who were edged by Louisville for the final spot in the latest USA Today/NFCA Division I Top 25 poll are currently on an 11-game winning streak.
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 SHATTERS WAC RECORD FOR HOME RUNS IN A SEASON
In the second game of its doubleheader at Utah State last Wednesday, Hawai`i broke the WAC single-season home run record with its 85th long ball of the year. The Rainbow Wahine now have 106 home runs this season, including 39 over the last nine games. At its current pace of 2.41 home runs per game, with a minimum of 11 games remaining, Hawai`i would finish the season with 132 home runs, breaking the NCAA record of 126 homers set by Arizona in 2001.
COOLEN EARNS 700TH WIN AT HAWAI`I
Bob Coolen notched his 700th win at Hawai`i in last Saturday’s second win at Boise State. In his 19th season as the head coach of the Rainbow Wahine, Coolen now has a record of 700-423-1. Overall in 24 seasons as a head coach, he has amassed a 772-516-1 record.
MAJAM BREAKS UH HOME RUN RECORD, TIES WAC RECORD
Hawai`i freshman Kelly Majam currently has 23 home runs this season, a new UH single-season record. She is also currently tied for the WAC record of 23, also held by Christina Clark of Fresno State in 2004.
HAWAI`I’S IWATA TIES TWO WAC SINGLE-GAME RECORDS
Hawai`i freshman Jessica Iwata tallied eight RBI in Saturday’s second game at Boise State, breaking the UH’s single-game record of seven held by Dana Degen (2004) and Cheyenne Thompson (1994). The eight RBI tied her for the WAC single-game record with Fresno State All-American Christina Clark. She also tied current teammate Amanda Tauali`i with a school- and conference-record three home runs in the game.
BOISE STATE BRONCOS (15-25, 4-5 WAC)
The Broncos split a doubleheader with Utah last Tuesday, winning the first game 2-1 and dropping the nightcap 3-6, then went 0-3 (1-15, 5-9, 1-12) against No. 25 Hawai`i last weekend ... Kathy Cox collected her 100th hit as a Bronco on Saturday, the first Bronco to reach that mark ... The Wahine and Broncos combined for 20 home runs in the three-game series ... Kellie Caplan is currently riding a four-game hit streak and posted three multi-hit games last week. Caplan went 6-for-9 against Hawai`i to raise her WAC batting average to .435 ... As a team, Boise State ranks 40th nationally in home runs per game (0.95) and 45th in double plays per game (0.38) ... The Broncos play a doubleheader at Idaho State on Tuesday, then host Utah State for a three-game series this Friday and Saturday.
FRESNO STATE BULLDOGS (28-13, 7-2 WAC)
The Bulldogs went 3-0 last week, sweeping the series against Utah State, 4-1, 7-3 and 4-1 ... Nicole Angene led the team on the week in the s weep over Utah State with a .625 batting average, five hits, one double, one home run, four RBIs, nine total bases, a 1.125 slugging percentage and a .667 on base percentage ... Michelle Moses led the ‘Dogs on the week with a 1-0 record and 0.88 ERA vs. Utah State. She pitched game one of the series, allowing just one run on four hits. She picked up her second WAC save of the season in the third game of the series. She had a team-high 15 strikeouts on the week. She had a career-high 13 strikeouts in game one ... Fresno State has now won three-straight WAC series and is three games back from league-leader Hawai`i in the standings ... The Bulldogs play a three-game series at San Jose State this Friday and Saturday.
HAWAI`I RAINBOW WAHINE (33-11, 11-0 WAC)
The Rainbow Wahine swept both of their series vs. Utah State (12-4 and 18-8) and Boise State (15-1, 9-5 and 12-1) last week ... Hawai`i broke the WAC single-season home run record last Wednesday at Utah State, surpassing the previous record of 84 set by the Rainbow Wahine in 2007. The team now has 106 on the year and is on pace to break the NCAA record of 126 set by Arizona in 2001 ... Bob Coolen hit the 700-win mark with Saturday’s second win at Boise State. He is now 700-423-1 in 19 seasons at UH ... Jessica Iwata’s eight RBI in Saturday’s second game broke UH’s single-game record of seven ... Kelly Majam has tied Fresno State’s Christina Clark’s single-season WAC record of 23 home runs ... In this road trip, the Rainbow Wahine played nine games in eight days in three states and launched 39 home runs - 17 at Boise State, nine in two games at Utah State and 13 at New Mexico State ... The Rainbow Wahine host Louisiana Tech for a three-game series this Friday and Saturday.
LOUISIANA TECH TECHSTERS (20-12, 6-3 WAC)
The Lady Techsters went 3-1 last week, beating Texas-Arlington 5-2 before going 2-1 (2-1, 2-1 and 2-6) against New Mexico State last weekend ... Meghan Krieg was a perfect 3-0 on the week with a 1.33 ERA. She recorded three complete-game victories while holding opponents to a .187 batting average. In 21.0 innings, she allowed 14 hits while striking out 25 batters and walking 10 ... Krieg recorded her 500th career strikeout in the first game of the series against NM State, becoming only the sixth player in program history to do so ... Krieg also recorded her 200th strikeout of the season in Saturday’s win, becoming just the second player in Tech history with multiple seasons of 200 or more strikeouts ... Jessica Kirby ranks 17th nationally with three sacrifice flies ... The Techsters host Grambling State on Tuesday before traveling to Hawai`i for a three-game series this Friday and Saturday.
NEVADA WOLF PACK (14-19, 1-7 WAC)
The Wolf Pack went 0-3 against San Jose State last weekend, falling 6-7 (8), 2-10 (5) and 9-11 ... Kelsey Starr hit .571 with three doubles and seven RBI in three games ... In the series opener, Nevada came back from four runs down to tie the game in the bottom of the seventh, but the Spartans plated two runs in the eighth, while the Wolf Pack managed just one ... In game two of the doubleheader on Saturday, the Wolf Pack led 7-0, only to see San Jose State come back for the 11-9 win ... As a team, Nevada ranks 20th nationally in double plays per game (1.58) ... Starr ranks 21st in the nation with 0.36 doubles per game and 49th with 0.67 walks per game ... Britton Murdock ranks 50th nationally with 0.24 hit by pitch per game ... The Wolf Pack travel to New Mexico State for a three-game series this Friday and Saturday.
NEW MEXICO STATE AGGIES (19-19, 1-8 WAC)
The Aggies defeated instate rival New Mexico 10-0 (5) last Tuesday before going 1-2 (1-2, 1-2 and 6-2) at Louisiana Tech over the weekend ... In the win over the Lobos, eight of nine batters in the starting line-up recorded a base hit ... In Friday’s loss to the Techsters, NM State’s seventh-inning rally fell short when the Aggies put the game-tying run on third base but could not bring it across ... In the win over LA Tech, NM State had 11 hits, a season-high in conference play ... On Monday, the Aggies fell 4-1 at Texas-Arlington ... Kylie Randall scored the team’s only run on an error ... As a team, the Aggies rank sixth nationally in double plays per game (0.49), 10th in batting average (.328), 24th in slugging percentage (.507), 28th in scoring (5.97), 30th in home runs per game (1.03) and 48th in triples per game (0.22) ... NM State hosts Nevada for a three-game series this Friday and Saturday.
SAN JOSE STATE SPARTANS (28-14, 4-5 WAC)
The Spartans defeated Santa Clara 4-2 last Tuesday, fell 2-7 at Pacific on Thursday and swept Nevada (7-6, 10-2 and 11-9) last weekend ... Kelli Fangonilo scored at least one run and drew at least one walk in every game. She also stole a base in three different games ... Amanda Pridmore went 2-0 and recorded two saves ... It was the Spartans’ first WAC series sweep since the 2006 season when the team swept both Nevada and Utah State ... Pridmore’s four saves this season ties for second in a season at SJSU ... Pridmore is now tied for second all-time at San Jose State in career saves with seven and needs just one to tie the school record ... With 14 strikeouts last week, Pridmore is now sixth all-time at SJSU with 197 ... Fangonilo is now fifth all-time in runs scored with 105 ... With her home run against Nevada, Fangonilo is now tied for ninth all-time in home runs with eight ... 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 (14-20, 3-7 WAC)
The Aggies went 0-5 last week, dropping a doubleheader against No. 25 Hawai`i (4-12 and 8-18) before being swept by Fresno State (1-4, 3-7 and 1-4) ... Simone Hubbard hit .385 (5-for-13) with three RBI and two runs scored. In the second game against the first-place Rainbow Wahine, the senior was 3-for-4 with two home runs and three RBI. It was her first multi-home run game of the season ... The Aggies have three players who have started all 34 games so far this season in shortstop Rachel Evans, outfielder Nicole Tindall and second baseman Tina Ferguson ... Utah State is in the midst of a season-high five-game losing skid ... The Aggies were scheduled to play a doubleheader at Utah on Tuesday, but it was rescheduled for April 26 due to weather ... Utah State travels to Boise State for a three-game series this Friday and Saturday.