This Week in WAC Softball - May 5
Boise State’s Tazz Weatherly and Louisiana Tech’s Meghan Krieg have been named the Verizon Western Athletic Conference Softball Hitter and Pitcher of the Week, respectively, for April 26-May 2.
Weatherly, a sophomore center fielder from Stockton, Calif., hit .500 (4-for-8), helping the Broncos to a 2-1 record against San Jose State. Weatherly came into the weekend with one career home run and hit two on Saturday against the Spartans. Weatherly recorded four hits, two home runs, three runs and six RBI and was hit by a pitch twice over the three games. She registered a 1.250 slugging percentage and a .600 on-base percentage. Weatherly recorded her ninth multi-hit game of the year and her two multi-RBI performances on Saturday were her fourth and fifth of the season.
Krieg, a junior from Sonora, Texas, went a perfect 2-0 on the week with a 1.50 ERA. Krieg allowed only nine hits and six walks in 14.0 innings of work while striking out 17 batters. She held Nevada to a .180 batting average on the weekend. In Tech’s 9-3 win over Nevada on Friday, Krieg allowed three runs – two earned – on seven hits and three walks while striking out 10 in the complete-game performance. On Saturday, Krieg was even more impressive, allowing only one run on two hits and three walks while striking out seven in the complete-game victory.
Other Hitter of the Week nominees included: Fresno State’s Caitlin Stiglich … Melissa Gonzalez of Hawai`i … Louisiana Tech’s Kendra Harmon … Angie Ortega of New Mexico State … San Jose State’s Julianne Aiello … Kelley Kaneshiro of Utah State.
Other Pitcher of the Week nominees included: Boise State’s Allie Crump … Morgan Melloh of Fresno State … Hawai`i’s Stephanie Ricketts … Carissa Theis of New Mexico State.
FRIDAY’S FRESNO STATE-LOUISIANA TECH GAME TO BE BROADCAST LIVE ON ESPNU
ESPNU will televise the Louisiana Tech at Fresno State WAC game this Friday, May 7, with Holly Rowe and Garland Cooper calling the action. First pitch is scheduled for 8 p.m. (PT). The contest will feature reigning WAC Player of the Year Amberly Waits of Louisiana Tech and the WAC Preseason Pitcher of the Year Morgan Melloh of Fresno State. ESPNU is available nationwide in more than 68.5 million households and has long-term carriage agreements with nine of the top 10 providers - Charter, Comcast, Cox, DirecTV (Channel 614), DISH Network (Channel 141), Mediacom, Time Warner Cable, Verizon FiOS TV and AT&T U-verse.
HAWAI`I CLAIMS WAC REGULAR-SEASON TITLE
Hawai`i won the WAC regular-season title and clinched the top seed in the WAC Tournament with a 5-0 win over Fresno State on April 30. The Rainbow Wahine completed WAC play with a 19-1 mark. It marks the third WAC regular-season crown for Hawai`i. The Rainbow Wahine previously won the title in 2003 and 2007. It is also the eighth time Hawai`i has hit the 40-win mark.
HAWAI`I’S RICKETTS THROWS PERFECT GAME
Hawai`i sophomore pitcher Stephanie Ricketts fired her first career perfect game in the first half of a doubleheader at Nevada Saturday as the Rainbow Wahine picked up a 20-0 five-inning win, their 16th straight. Ricketts (20-6, 11-0 WAC) was efficient on the mound, getting six fly outs, seven ground outs and two strikeouts. She threw just 53 pitches in the game and faced the minimum 15 batters. Ricketts became just the third pitcher in UH history to win at least 20 games twice. Kelly Gentle holds the record with three 20-win years (24 in 1997, 22 in 1998 and 20 in 1999), while Brooke Wilkins won 29 games in both 1994 and 1995. Last season, Ricketts went 22-11 as a freshman.
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, all of which are general admission, 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
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.
WAC TO STREAM SOFTBALL TOURNAMENT
The WAC, in conjunction with its Web site partner JumpTV Sports, will stream the 2010 WAC Softball Tournament live from Las Cruces, N.M. Viewers can sign up by visiting www.WAC.tv. Every game of the tournament can be viewed for a single subscription price of $14.95 which will include on-demand viewing of any of the games the following day. More information and how to subscribe to any of these video streaming events can be found at www.WAC.tv.
BOISE STATE BRONCOS (24-29, 11-7 WAC)
The Broncos went 2-1 vs. San Jose State last weekend (10-7, 6-7 and 15-0) ... Boise State had eight starters hit .400 or better against San Jose State ... The 15-0 win on Saturday tied the season and program-high for largest win margin ... Tazz Weatherly, who came into the weekend with one career home run, hit two on Saturday and tallied six RBI on the week ... Weatherly has nine multi-hit games this year and five multi-RBI performances on the season ... Allie Crump picked up her team-leading and school record 15th win of the year. She also picked up her team-leading and school record seventh WAC win of the year, which ranks third in the conference ... With her fifth strikeout in the series opener, Crump surpassed the school record she set last year with 112. She now has 116 strikeouts on the year ... The Broncos have won three consecutive WAC series and four on the year ... The Broncos travel to Reno for a three-game series at Nevada on Friday and Saturday.
FRESNO STATE BULLDOGS (34-16, 13-5 WAC)
The Bulldogs went 1-2 at Hawai`i last weekend (0-5, 9-7, 4-5) ... Caitlin Stiglich had seven RBI in game two and powered the ‘Dogs to the victory. She hit a grand slam in the fifth inning to tie the game at six, then hit a three-run homer in the top of the seventh to win the game ... The seven RBI by Stiglich were the most by a single player against Hawai`i this season ... Morgan Melloh earned the win over Hawai`i, its first and only WAC loss of the regular season, with eight strikeouts ... Melloh surpassed 1,100 career strikeouts last week, becoming just the second WAC player ever to do so ... The Bulldogs host Louisiana Tech for a three-game series this Friday and Saturday ... Friday night’s game will be broadcast live on ESPNU and will be the Bulldogs’ 15th appearance on national television ... Fresno State needs one win to secure the No. 2 seed in the WAC Tournament and a first-round bye.
HAWAI`I RAINBOW WAHINE (41-12, 19-1 WAC)
The Rainbow Wahine went 2-1 against Fresno State last weekend (5-0, 7-9, 5-4) ... Melissa Gonzalez hit a two-run home run in the first game and a two-run homer in the second game to bring her season total to 20, which moves her into third place in UH single-season history ... In the second game against the Bulldogs, Gonzalez tied her career game highs with four hits and two doubles ... Stephanie Ricketts won both of her games against Fresno State, including a two-hit shutout in the opener ... Ricketts has now won her last 12 starts and is 13-0 in WAC action ... The Rainbow Wahine won their third WAC regular-season title with a 19-1 record ... UH’s school-record and nation-leading 18-game win streak was snapped by Fresno State in the second game of the series ... UH has 128 home runs this season, six short of the record of 134 set by Arizona last season ... The Rainbow Wahine are idle until May 13, when they face the winner of the No. 4 vs. No. 5 game at the WAC Tournament.
LOUISIANA TECH TECHSTERS (25-17, 10-8 WAC)
The Lady Techsters swept Nevada last weekend, 9-3, 3-1 and 9-7, to clinch a berth in the WAC Tournament ... Kendra Harmon hit .556 with an .889 slugging percentage. She had both of the game-winning hits on Saturday ... Meghan Krieg was a perfect 2-0 on the weekend with a 1.50 ERA. She allowed nine hits and six walks in 14.0 innings of work while striking out 17 ... As a team, LA Tech ranks 36th nationally in home runs per game (0.95) ... Amberly Waits ranks 16th in the nation in batting average (.437), 20th in on-base percentage (.535), 26th in slugging percentage (.782), and 38th in both runs per game (0.95) and toughest to strikeout (17.0) ... Krieg is 28th in the nation in strikeouts (242), 40th in hits allowed per seven innings (4.88) and 49th in strikeouts per seven innings (8.3) ... The Lady Techsters play a three-game series at Fresno State this Friday and Saturday ... Friday night’s game against the Bulldogs will be broadcast live on ESPNU.
NEVADA WOLF PACK (16-26, 3-14 WAC)
The Wolf Pack dropped all three games of the series at Louisiana Tech last weekend, 3-9, 1-3 and 7-9 ... In Saturday’s doubleheader, the tying run was at the plate in the seventh inning in each ... As a team, the Wolf Pack rank 30th nationally in double plays per game (1.48) ... Kelsey Starr ranks 14th in the nation with 0.36 doubles per game ... With 43 career doubles, Sam Bias is tied for 10th all-time in the WAC record books ... Pitcher Katie Holverson is tied for fourth in the WAC career record books with eight saves ... Nevada hosts Boise State for a three-game series this Friday and Saturday ... In order to qualify for the WAC Tournament, the Wolf Pack must win all three games and New Mexico State must lose two or more of its games at San Jose State.
NEW MEXICO STATE AGGIES (25-25, 5-13 WAC)
The Aggies split a doubleheader at Cal State Bakersfield, 1-7 and 5-1 last Monday, then swept Utah State, 4-3 (9), 9-1 (5) and 12-2 (5) last weekend ... Carissa Theis pitched her first career complete game win at CSUB ... The Aggies’ three-game sweep of Utah State marked their first conference sweep since April 17-18 last season over Boise State ... NM State is currently on a four-game win streak, one shy of its longest streak of the season ... The Aggies have hit at least one homer in nine of their last 10 games ... NM State is 17-3 when scoring in the first inning this year, outscoring opponents 60-34 in the frame ... The Aggies rank eighth nationally with 0.46 double plays per game, 17th in batting average (.319), 21st in slugging percentage (.500), 22nd in scoring (5.86) and 24th in homers per game (1.12) ... NM State travels to San Jose State for a three-game series this Friday and Saturday ... In order to claim the final spot in the WAC Tournament, the Aggies need two wins or one win and a Nevada loss.
SAN JOSE STATE SPARTANS (31-21, 7-11 WAC)
The Spartans fell 4-1 at No. 14 Stanford last Tuesday, then went 1-2 (7-10, 7-6 and 0-15) at Boise State last weekend to clinch a spot in the WAC Tournament ... Julianne Aiello was 2-for-2 and drove in the Spartans’ only run vs. the Cardinal ... Aiello hit .583 with four RBI on the week ... Amanda Pridmore earned the win over the Broncos, her 15th of the year ... SJSU ranks seventh nationally in double plays per game (0.46), 14th in doubles per game (1.58) and 47th in stolen bases per game (1.4) ... Pridmore is eighth in the nation with four saves this season ... For just the seventh time in school history, San Jose State has recorded 30 or more wins in a season. With 31 wins, the team has the sixth-highest total, just five behind the record of 36 set by the 1989 and 2005 teams ... Sarah Taylor ranks second in career runs scored at SJSU with 125, five behind Valeri Quintero who amassed 130 runs from 1994-97 ... The Spartans host New Mexico State for a three-game series this Friday and Saturday.
UTAH STATE AGGIES (20-29, 5-14 WAC)
The Aggies went 2-5 last week, dropping a doubleheader at Utah, 7-8 and 3-8, sweeping a doubleheader against Weber State, 11-1 (5) and 9-3, and dropping all three games of the series at New Mexico State, 3-4 (9), 1-9 (5) and 2-12 (5) ... Tina Ferguson hit two homers in the two games at Utah ... In the Weber State doubleheader, Shasta Tyteca had four hits and drove in four runs ... Kelley Kaneshiro broke the Utah State single-season home run record with her 12th long ball of the season in the first game on Friday ... Nicole Rupp-Tindall ranks 34th nationally with four triples this season ... Shelbi Tyteca ranks eighth in the nation with four saves this year ... The Aggies are idle until next Monday, when they host Brigham Young for a single game ... Having completed its WAC portion of the schedule, Utah State can only qualify for the WAC Tournament if New Mexico State loses all three games and Nevada loses at least one game.