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This Week in WAC Softball - May 19
Courtesy: Hawai‘i
HAWAI`I EARNS NO. 16 NATIONAL SEED, WILL PLAY AT STANFORD REGIONAL
After winning both the WAC regular-season and tournament titles, the Rainbow Wahine earned the No. 16 overall seed in the NCAA Tournament and will travel to the Stanford Regional to face UC Davis (26-27) at 3 p.m. on Friday. Stanford (36-17) will take on Texas Tech (36-16) in the other game on Friday.

FRESNO STATE RECEIVES AT-LARGE BID, WILL PLAY AT LOS ANGELES REGIONAL
Fresno State (39-19) received an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament and will take on San Diego State (33-14) at 1 p.m. (PT) Friday in the Los Angeles Regional. The No. 5 overall seed UCLA (40-11) will host and play Saint Mary’s (30-21) on the other side of the bracket. Fresno State remains the only team to be selected to all 29 NCAA Tournaments.

HAWAI`I WINS FIRST-EVER WAC TOURNAMENT
The Rainbow Wahine claimed their first-ever WAC Tournament title with a 14-3 win over Fresno State in the championship game last Saturday. Hawai`i had five homers in the game to extend its NCAA record to 141 on the year. Kelly Majam was named tournament MVP after hitting .571 with three home runs and eight RBI over four games.

All-Tournament Team
Kathy Cox, Boise State
Kelli Fangonilo, San Jose State
Haley Gilleland, Fresno State
Melissa Gonzalez, Hawai`i
Katie Grimes, Hawai`i
Natasha Hawkins, San Jose State
Jessica Iwata, Hawai`i
Michelle Moses, Fresno State
Caitlin Stiglich, Fresno State
Lela Work, Boise State
MVP: Kelly Majam, Hawai`i

TEN WAC TOURNAMENT RECORDS FALL IN LAS CRUCES
Ten WAC Tournament records were tied or broken in Las Cruces last weekend. The records are listed below.

Runs in a game 4 Jessica Iwata, Hawai`i (vs. San Jose State)
Runs in a tournament 8 Melissa Gonzalez, Hawai`i (four games)
Doubles in a game 2 Melissa Gonzalez, Hawai`i (vs. San Jose State)
    Brooke Phipps, Fresno State (vs. Boise State)
Doubles in a tournament 3 Jenna Rodriguez, Hawai`i (four games)
Triples in a game 1 Kellie Caplan, Boise State (vs. Fresno State)
Home runs in a game 2 Kathy Cox, Boise State (vs. Fresno State)
    Hoku Nohara, New Mexico State (vs. San Jose State)
    Melissa Gonzalez, Hawai`i (vs. San Jose State)
Home runs in a tournament 4 Kathy Cox, Boise State (five games)
Most RBI in a game 6 Melissa Gonzalez, Hawai`i (vs. San Jose State)
Most RBI in a tournament 8 Kathy Cox, Boise State (five games)
    Melissa Gonzalez, Hawai`i (four games)
    Alex Aguirre, Hawai`i (four games)
    Kelly Majam, Hawai`i (four games)
Most stolen bases in a tournament 3 Jessi Hanna, Boise State (five games)

HAWAI`I SETS NCAA RECORD FOR HOME RUNS IN A SEASON
Hawai`i hit two home runs in a 16-2 win over Fresno State last Friday, bringing its season total to 136 to break the former NCAA record of 134 set last season by Arizona. The Rainbow Wahine tied the mark in their 54th game of the season, while Arizona needed 63 games last season.

Jessica Iwata’s record-breaking home run was a high-fly that snuck over the leftfield fence just inside the foul pole. Later in inning, Kelly Majam launched her first career grand slam. It was an opposite-field shot that sailed over the left-centerfield fence. The Rainbow Wahine now have 141 long balls this season.

ALL-WAC HONORS ANNOUNCED
Regular-season champion Hawai`i swept the WAC major awards, as Jessica Iwata was named WAC Player of the Year, Stephanie Ricketts was named Pitcher of the Year, Kelly Majam was named Freshman of the Year and Bob Coolen was named Coach of the Year.

Iwata, a freshman shortstop from Lihu’e, Kaua`i (Kaua`i), led the WAC with a .488 batting average and 1.050 slugging percentage in WAC play. She posted conference highs in hits (39), RBI (32), doubles (12), total bases (84) and at bats (80). She had multiple hits in 12 of 20 WAC games and posted an 11-game hitting streak during conference play.

Ricketts, a sophomore righthander from San Jose, Calif. (Archbishop Mitty), posted a perfect 13-0 record with a 1.55 ERA in WAC play. She had 52 strikeouts and three shutouts in 81.1 innings of work in conference games. She also tossed a perfect game against Nevada on April 24.

Majam, an outfielder from Pine Valley, Calif. (Mountain Empire), led the conference in runs scored (31), walks (16) and plate appearances (87), and ranked second in slugging percentage (.926) and on-base percentage (.529) in WAC play. She broke the WAC and Hawai`i records for home runs in a season (25).

Coolen earned Coach of the Year honors for the second time in his career after leading his team to its third WAC regular-season title and the top seed in this week’s WAC Tournament. In WAC play, the Rainbow Wahine went 19-1 and led the conference in batting average, slugging percentage, on-base percentage, runs, hits, RBI, home runs, total bases, wins, hits allowed, doubles allowed and triples allowed. 

First Team
Kathy Cox, Boise State
Haley Gilleland, Fresno State
Melissa Gonzalez, Hawai`i
Jessica Iwata, Hawai`i
Tiare Jennings, New Mexico State
Meghan Krieg, Louisiana Tech
Kelly Majam, Hawai`i
Michelle Moses, Fresno State
Stephanie Ricketts, Hawai`i
Jenna Rodriguez, Hawai`i
Nicole Rupp-Tindall, Utah State
Caitlin Stiglich, Fresno State
Amberly Waits, Louisiana Tech

Second Team
Julianne Aiello, San Jose State
Kellie Caplan, Boise State
Allie Crump, Boise State
Kandis Jones, New Mexico State
Brittany McConnell, San Jose State
Morgan Melloh, Fresno State
Noelle Micka, Nevada
Hoku Nohara, New Mexico State
Andrea Ortega, Fresno State
Angie Ortega, New Mexico State
Danielle Patrick, Nevada
Kylie Randall, New Mexico State
Amanda Tauali`i, Hawai`i

BOISE STATE BRONCOS (29-32, 13-8 WAC)
The Broncos went 3-2 at the WAC Tournament last week, defeating New Mexico State 9-8, falling to Boise State 4-5, beating Louisiana Tech 8-2, defeating San Jose State 6-5 to Fresno State to be eliminated from the tournament ... Kathy Cox and Lela Work were named to the all-tournament team. Cox  hit .444 with four home runs and eight RBI over the five games, while Work was 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA and limited opponents to a .074 batting average ... Cox tied the WAC Tournament record for home runs in a game (two) and set record for homers in a tournament (four) and RBI in a tournament (eight) ... Kellie Caplan tied the WAC record for triples in a game with one against Fresno State, while Jessi Hanna tied the record for stolen bases in a tournament with three ... Boise State more than tripled its WAC win total from 2009, winning 13 games compared to four last year ... Both Aubray Zell (7) and Allie Crump (8) won more games in the circle than the Broncos did as a team in 2009.

FRESNO STATE BULLDOGS (39-19, 15-6 WAC)
The Bulldogs went 3-2 at the WAC Tournament last week, defeating Boise State 5-4, falling to Hawai`i 1-16 (5), beating Boise State 6-5, defeating Hawai`i 4-3 and losing to Hawai`i 3-14 (5) in the championship game to finish in second place ... Haley Gilleland, Michelle Moses and Caitlin Stiglich were named to the all-tournament team. Gilleland and Moses both hit .438 over the five games, while Stiglich hit .375 with two doubles and five RBI ... Brooke Phipps tied the WAC Tournament record for doubles in a game with two against Boise State ... The Bulldogs remain the only team to have been selected to all 29 NCAA Tournament after earning an at-large berth. The team travels to Los Angeles, where it will face San Diego State on Friday. No. 5 overall seed UCLA and Saint Mary’s are the other two teams in the Los Angeles Regional ... Fresno State went to UCLA last year for the NCAA Regionals, going 2-2 with wins over Long Beach State and UNLV and two losses to UCLA.

HAWAI`I RAINBOW WAHINE  (44-13, 19-1 WAC)
The Rainbow Wahine won their first-ever WAC Tournament last week, defeating San Jose State 16-8 (6) and Fresno State 16-1 (5), then falling 3-4 to the Bulldogs before winning the championship game 14-3 in five innings ... In the first game against Fresno State, Jessica Iwata hit a home run that gave UH the NCAA record for homers in a season. The Rainbow Wahine now have 141 this year ... Iwata, Melissa Gonzalez, Katie Grimes and Kelly Majam were named to the all-tournament team, with Majam earning MVP honors ... Iwata set the WAC Tournament record for runs in a game (4), while Gonzalez set the records for runs in a tournament (8) and RBI in a game (6) ... Gonzalez also tied records for doubles in a game (2) and home runs in a game (2) ... Gonzalez, Majam and Alex Aguirre also tallied eight RBI over the four games, a new tournament record ... The Rainbow Wahine received the No. 16 seed in the NCAA Tournament and travel to Palo Alto for the Stanford Regional, where they will face UC Davis on Friday. The other two schools at the regional are Stanford and Texas Tech.

LOUISIANA TECH TECHSTERS (26-21, 11-10 WAC)
The Lady Techsters went 0-2 at the WAC Tournament last week, falling 5-6 to San Jose State and 2-8 to Boise State ... In the game against the Spartans, Meghan Krieg set the LA Tech single-season strikeout record in the top of the fourth inning with her 255th of the year. She finished the season with 260 ... Krieg and Amberly Waits were both first team all-WAC selections ... As a team, LA Tech ranks 44th nationally in home runs per game (0.91) ... Waits ranks 29th in the nation in batting average (.412) and 43rd in on-base percentage (.506) ... Krieg ranks 30th nationally in strikeouts (260) ... Waits closed out her career tied for second in the WAC record books in triples (19), fifth in slugging percentage (.671), sixth in doubles (47), seventh in hits (262), tied for seventh in home runs (36) and ninth in RBI (160).

NEVADA WOLF PACK  (17-28, 4-16 WAC)
The Wolf Pack went 1-2 against Boise State during the last weekend of the regular-season, winning the first game 9-8 (8), before dropping the next two games 1-8 and 0-11 to drop out of contention for the WAC Tournament and end their season ... In game one, Nevada made a dramatic comeback to win it in the ninth inning. The Wolf Pack trailed 8-3 in the seventh inning but scored five times to tie it and send the game into extra innings ... In game two, Boise State scored once in the first, three times in the second and twice in the third to open up a 6-0 lead and the Wolf Pack did not have a base runner until the fifth inning ... As a team, Nevada ranks 14th nationally in doubles per game (1.58) ... Kelsey Starr ranks 24th in the nation in doubles per game (0.33).

NEW MEXICO STATE AGGIES  (27-28, 7-14 WAC)
The Aggies went 0-2 at the WAC Tournament last week, falling 9-8 to Boise State and 9-8 to San Jose State ... Hoku Nohara tied the WAC Tournament record for homers in a game with two the Spartans ... As a team, the Aggies rank seventh nationally in double plays per game (0.45), 18th in batting average (.317), 21st in slugging percentage (.495), 23rd in home runs per game (1.13) and 24th in scoring (5.84) ... Nohara ranks 11th in the nation in RBI per game (1.15), 12th in slugging percentage (.825), 23rd in home runs (16), 30th in home runs per game (0.30) and 33rd in on-base percentage (.518) ... Kylie Randall is 41st in the country with 0.53 stolen bases per game ... Nohara ranks fourth in the WAC career record books in home runs (40) and sixth in slugging percentage (.657) ... Five Aggies earned all-WAC honors, led by Tiare Jennings on the first team, while Nohara, Randall, Angie Ortega and Kandis Jones were named to the second team.

SAN JOSE STATE SPARTANS  (34-25, 8-13 WAC)
The Spartans went 2-2 at the WAC Tournament last week, defeating Louisiana Tech 6-5, falling 8-16 (6) to Hawai`i, beating New Mexico State 9-8 and losing 6-5 to Boise State in an elimination game ... Kelli Fangonilo and Natasha Hawkins were named to the all-tournament team. Fangonilo hit .500 with two doubles, a homer and two RBI, while Hawkins hit .556 with three RBI and six walks over the four games ... Julianne Aiello and Brittany McConnell were named to the all-WAC second team ... As a team, San Jose State ranks sixth nationally in double plays per game (0.46), 27th in doubles per game (1.49) and 50th in scoring (5.15) ... McConnell is seventh nationally with five sacrifice flies, while Amanda Pridmore ranks 10th in the nation in saves with four ... McConnell closed out her career ranked tied for seventh in the WAC career record books in RBI (166) and ninth in home runs (35).

UTAH STATE AGGIES (20-30, 5-14 WAC)
The Aggies closed out their season with a 9-1 five-inning loss to Brigham Young last Monday ... The Cougars scored at least one run in all five innings ... Utah State got on the board in the fourth when Nicole Rupp-Tindall scored on a sacrifice fly by fellow senior Simone Hubbard ... Utah State ends the season with a 20-30 ledger, its second 20-win season of the 2000s ... USU’s five league wins was tied for the most-ever league wins, matching the 2006 squad ... As a team, Utah State ranks 49th in the nation in triples per game (0.20) ... Shelbi Tyteca ranks 10th nationally with four saves, while Nicole Rupp-Tindall is 43rd in the nation with four triples this season.
Softball
WAC
Overall
Grand Canyon
9-2
24-17
New Mexico State
8-3
26-18
Seattle U
5-5
16-28
Utah Valley
5-6
13-30
Kansas City
4-7
15-32
Bakersfield
1-9
11-35-1
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