This Week in WAC Softball - May 11
Boise State’s Holly Bourke and Fresno State’s Michelle Moses have been named the Verizon Western Athletic Conference Hitter and Pitcher of the Week, respectively, for May 3-9. This is the first-ever honor for Bourke and the second honor of the season and career for Moses.
Bourke, a freshman outfielder from Woodland, Calif., hit .800 with eight hits, including three doubles, and three RBI last week. She recorded at least two hits in all three games and went a perfect 3-for-3 in the final two games. She also stole two bases. During the week, Bourke ran her hitting streak to six games, tied for Boise State’s third longest of the year.
Moses, a sophomore from Paso Robles, Calif., went 1-0 last week with a 0.00 ERA in a complete-game shutout vs. Louisiana Tech. She had a Fresno State seven-inning record 18 strikeouts, as she fanned the first 13 batters of the game, breaking the school record for consecutive strikeouts. Moses’ perfect game was broken up with a one-out single in the fifth inning, one of two hits in the game for LA Tech. Entering the 2010 season, there were only 23 other performances of 18 strikeouts or more in NCAA history.
Other Hitter of the Week nominees included: Fresno State’s Courtney Moore hit .444 with three RBI last week … Kortnee Wiley of Nevada hit .444 with two doubles on the week … New Mexico State’s Tiare Jennings hit .333 with two homers and three RBI in three games last week.
Other Pitcher of the Week nominees included: Boise State’s Aubray Zell went 2-0 with a 0.50 ERA and 13 strikeouts last week … Janna Frandrup of Louisiana Tech went 1-0 with a 1.00 ERA last week … New Mexico State’s Carissa Theis went 2-0 on the week with a 0.98 ERA.
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.
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, 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.
MOSES NOTCHES WAC SEASON-HIGH 17 STRIKEOUTS, BREAKS TWO SCHOOL RECORDS
Michelle Moses notched a WAC season-high 18 strikeouts against Louisiana Tech last Saturday. In doing so, she set the school record for strikeouts in a seven-inning game and set the record for consecutive strikeouts, as she struck out the first 13 batters of the game. Entering the 2010 season, there were only 23 other performances of 18 strikeouts or more in NCAA history.
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 April 24 as the Rainbow Wahine picked up a 20-0 five-inning win. Ricketts got six fly outs, seven ground outs and two strikeouts. She threw just 53 pitches in the game and faced the minimum 15 batters. Ricketts also became the third pitcher in UH history to win 20 or more games twice.
SAN JOSE STATE BREAKS SCHOOL HOME RUN RECORD
Breanna Lopez hit her second home run of the season to help San Jose State break the school single-season team home run record April 23 vs. Utah State. The Spartans have now hit 35 home runs this year, breaking the previous record of 30 set by the 2006 team.
UH’S IWATA NAMED NFCA NATIONAL PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Hawai`i freshman shortstop Jessica Iwata was 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.
She hit safely in all five of her games, 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 SHATTERS WAC RECORD FOR HOME RUNS IN A SEASON
In the second game of its doubleheader at Utah State April 7, Hawai`i broke the WAC single-season home run record with its 85th long ball of the year. The Rainbow Wahine now have 128 home runs this season, just six shy of the NCAA record of 134 set by Arizona in 2009.
COOLEN EARNS 700TH WIN AT HAWAI`I
Bob Coolen notched his 700th win at Hawai`i in the team’s win at Boise State on April 10. In his 19th season as the head coach of the Rainbow Wahine, Coolen now has a record of 708-424-1. Overall in 24 seasons as a head coach, he has amassed a 780-517-1 record.
MAJAM BREAKS UH AND WAC HOME RUN RECORDS
Hawai`i’s Kelly Majam hit her 24th home run of the season on April 18, breaking the WAC record of 23, set by Christina Clark of Fresno State in 2004. The freshman now has 25 long balls this season, good for second place in the nation.
HAWAI`I’S IWATA TIES TWO WAC SINGLE-GAME RECORDS
Hawai`i freshman Jessica Iwata tallied eight RBI in the second April 10 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.
HOLVERSON TOSSES FOURTH NO-HITTER IN THE WAC THIS SEASON
Katie Holverson tossed her first career no-hitter as Nevada blanked Colorado State 1-0 March 19 at the Capital Classic. Holverson’s no-hitter was just the fourth in Nevada history and the first seven-inning no-hitter since the program was brought back in 2003. Holverson struck out six and walked just two as she faced only one batter over the minimum.
KRIEG STRIKES OUT SEASON-HIGH 17 BATTERS
Louisiana Tech junior Meghan Krieg struck out a career-high 17 batter in a 10-inning 3-2 win over Mississippi Valley State March 17. She threw all 10 innings, allowing only four hits, two walks and one earned run on a solo home run for a 0.70 ERA. Krieg struck out at least one batter in nine of 10 innings and had two innings where she struck out the side.
OAKES THROWS PERFECT GAME
Fresno State pitcher Mackenzie Oakes threw the first perfect game of her career in a 3-0 win over Georgetown March 13. It was the first perfect game by a Fresno State pitcher since Jamie Southern threw one on March 25, 2005. This is the 14th perfect game in Fresno State history and Oakes is the eighth different Bulldog to pitch one.
Oakes pitched a perfect 7.0 innings and struck out five. It was her second no-hitter of the season making her the first Bulldog since Robin Mackin in 2006 to throw two no-hitters in one year and the first since Southern in 2005 to throw a perfect game and a no-hitter in the same season.
MELLOH THROWS NO-HITTER
Fresno State junior Morgan Melloh became the 17th Bulldog and the first since Robin Mackin on March 8, 2007, to throw a no-hitter in game one of the Fresno State Kick-Off Feb. 13, a 1-0 win over Pacific. It was the 63rd no-hitter in school history. Melloh had 10 strikeouts and three walks in the game.
NM STATE PLATES 28 RUNS IN WIN OVER UT-SAN ANTONIO
New Mexico State set school records for runs scored in a game (28), hits in a game (26) and doubles in a game (6) as the Aggies defeated UTSA 28-7 on Feb. 13. Tiare Jennings led the attack, going 4-of-5 with four hits, four runs scored and one RBI. Tehani Kaaihue went 3-of-4 with four runs and four RBI, while Ashley Maroda hit two home runs, going 3-of-4 with four runs and four RBI.
OAKES TOSSES NO-HITTER
Fresno State’s Mackenzie Oakes made history on Feb. 14 as she led the Bulldogs to a 6-0 win over Sacramento State and pitched the first no-hitter of her career. It came one day after teammate Morgan Melloh threw a no-hitter. Oakes and Melloh became the first Fresno State pitchers since Kristen Hunter and Amanda Scott in 2000 to have two different pitchers threw no-hitters in the same season. It was also the first time since Carie Dever and Marcie Green in 1990 that two different pitchers threw no-hitters in back-to-back days.
WAITS SELECTED IN NATIONAL PRO FASTPITCH DRAFT
Louisiana Tech’s Amberly Waits recorded another program first on Feb. 10 when the senior shortstop was selected by the Chicago Bandits with the eighth overall pick in the 2010 National Pro Fastpitch College Senior Draft. Waits was taken by the Bandits with the final pick of the second round of the five-round draft, which was held in Kissimmee, Fla.
FRESNO STATE PICKED TO WIN 2010 WAC TITLE
The WAC softball coaches selected Fresno State to win the 2010 WAC regular-season crown. This is the 13th time in the last 15 years that the Bulldogs have been the preseason favorite to win the title.
Fresno State took the top spot in the preseason poll with 48 points and six first-place votes. Nevada came in second, picking up one first-place vote and 41 points, followed by Hawai`i in third place with 34 points. New Mexico State edged Louisiana Tech for fourth place with 29 points and the remaining first-place vote. San Jose State was picked to finish sixth with 19 points, followed by Boise State in seventh with 18 points. Utah rounded out the poll in eighth place with seven points.
Fresno State junior hurler Morgan Melloh was selected in a vote of the league’s eight coaches as the preseason Pitcher of the Year, while Louisiana Tech senior shortstop Amberly Waits earned preseason Player of the Year honors.
Nevada and New Mexico State placed the most players on the preseason all-WAC team with three each, while Fresno State, Hawai`i and Louisiana Tech had two apiece. Joining Melloh and Waits on the preseason team are Nevada’s Sam Bias, Katie Holverson and Noelle Micka, New Mexico State’s Tiare Jennings, Hoku Nohara and Angie Ortega, Hawai`i’s Stephanie Ricketts and Amanda Tauali`i, Haley Gilleland of Fresno State, Louisiana Tech’s Kylie Bassett and Kathy Cox of Boise State.
All but one member of the preseason all-WAC team was named to the 2009 all-WAC team. Nine members were first team all-WAC honorees a year ago (Bassett, Bias, Holverson, Melloh, Micka, Nohara, Ortega, Tauali`i and Waits), while three 2009 second-team honorees are on the team (Gilleland, Jennings and Ricketts).
THREE WAC PLAYERS ON PLAYER OF YEAR WATCH LIST
Three WAC softball players – Morgan Melloh of Fresno State, Amberly Waits of Louisiana Tech and Katie Holverson of Nevada – were been named to the watch list for the ninth annual USA Softball National Collegiate Player of the Year Award.
Melloh, who appears on the list for the second-straight year, was the 2008 WAC Freshman and Pitcher of the Year and a second team All-American. The 2009 WAC Tournament MVP, Melloh became the fourth pitcher in NCAA history to record back-to-back 400 strikeout seasons in her freshman and sophomore campaigns.
Waits earned numerous accolades following her junior campaign after setting program records for single season batting average (.488), hits (81), home runs (17), RBI (62), total bases (155), on-base percentage (.538) and slugging percentage (.934). In addition to being LA Tech’s first-ever WAC Player of the Year, Waits was named the state Hitter of the Year by the Louisiana Sports Writers Association, first team all-WAC, first team all-state and to the All-West Region team.
Holverson, the 2009 WAC Pitcher of the Year, is 61-31 with a 2.23 ERA in her career at Nevada. Last year, she went 28-11 with a 1.70 earned-run average in leading the Wolf Pack to its second-straight WAC title and NCAA Tournament appearance.