This Week in WAC Softball - May 4
Utah State’s Allison Lenzora and Mandy Harmon have been named the Verizon Western Athletic Conference Hitter and Pitcher of the Week, respectively, for April 25-May 1. This is the first-ever honor for both.
Lenzora, a freshman shortstop from Manteca, Calif., helped Utah State to its first four-win week of the season. The Aggies defeated Utah at home 12-2 (6) before sweeping Nevada on the road for its first WAC sweep since 2007. Lenzora hit .643 (9-for-14) with two doubles, a home runs, five RBI and 14 total bases. She scored seven runs and had at least one hit in all four games. In the win against Utah, she hit her first collegiate home run, going 2-for-2 with three runs scored and two RBI. In the 13-3 win against Nevada, she drove in three runs with a double. In USU’s 8-1 win, the infielder was 3-for-4 with another double and rounded out the series going 3-for-4 with three runs scored.
Harmon, a sophomore from Las Vegas, Nev., pitched in three of the four Utah State wins last week, going 2-0 with a save. She posted a 0.70 ERA and eight strikeouts on the week. She earned the win in Utah State’s first victory over in-state rival Utah since 2008. She also earned the win to complete the doubleheader sweep against Nevada on April 29, pitching five innings, allowing just one unearned run and striking out four. Harmon then helped the Aggies complete their first three-game sweep of a WAC team since 2007 when she pitched three innings in USU’s 8-1 win over Nevada for the save.
Other Hitter of the Week nominees included: Boise State’s Christina Capobianco hit .444 with one home run as the Broncos swept Fresno State … Nicole Angene of Fresno State hit .444 with a home run and two RBI … Hawai‘i’s Jessica Iwata hit .636 with six RBI in a sweep of league-leader New Mexico State … Janna Frandrup of Louisiana Tech hit .556 with three extra-base hits last week ... New Mexico State’s Ashley Maroda hit .385 with two home runs last week … Amanda Schatz of San Jose State hit .600 with a .800 slugging percentage and a .636 on-base percentage last week.
Other Pitcher of the Week nominees included: Boise State’s Allie Crump was 1-0 with seven strikeouts on the week … Nicole Angene of Fresno State recorded a 0.00 ERA in 1.1 innings of relief work … Hawai‘i’s Jenna Rodriguez went 2-0 in two relief appearances last week … Meghan Krieg of Louisiana Tech went 1-1 on the week with 11 strikeouts … New Mexico State’s Alex Newman allowed just three earned runs in 12.1 innings over two appearances with a 1.70 ERA … Jennifer Ames of San Jose State went 1-0 with a 1.00 ERA on the week.
BOISE STATE HANDS FRESNO STATE FIRST-EVER WAC SWEEP
In just its third year as a program, Boise State won all three games of its WAC series against Fresno State last weekend. It was the first time since the Bulldogs joined the conference in 1993 that they had been swept in a series by a WAC opponent.
UTAH STATE SWEEPS WAC OPPONENT FOR FIRST TIME SINCE 2007
For the first time since 2007, Utah State swept a WAC series when the Aggies defeated Nevada three times in Reno last weekend. The last time the Aggies swept a WAC series was in 2007 against Louisiana Tech in Logan. Prior to that sweep, USU had not swept a conference series since April 3-4, 2004, when the Aggies took three from then-Big West Conference foe Cal State Fullerton.
FIVE NO-HITTERS THROWN IN THE WAC THIS SEASON
Five different WAC pitchers have thrown no-hitters this season, including one perfect game. Boise State’s Aubray Zell started things off on March 4, when she pitched a five-inning no-hitter in the second half of a doubleheader vs. Southern Utah. The following day, Hawai‘i’s Kaia Parnaby tossed a perfect game in a 6-0 victory over Weber State. On March 6, Nevada’s Mallary Darby threw a no-hitter vs. Boston College as the Wolf Pack won 9-0 in five innings. On March 12, Stephanie Ricketts of Hawai‘i tossed a no-hitter in a five-inning win against South Dakota State. The most recent no-hitter was thrown by Fresno State’s Michelle Moses on April 1, when she no-hit No. 20 Hawai‘i in a 5-0 victory.
OAKES REMAINS UNBEATEN AT HOME
Fresno State’s Mackenzie Oakes (16-4) remained unbeaten at home with her 11th complete-game win of the season on April 16 against San Jose State. In Oakes’ 15 starts this season, the Bulldogs are 14-3.
NOHARA LEADS NATION IN SEVERAL OFFENSIVE CATEGORIES
New Mexico State’s Hoku Nohara currently leads the nation in home runs (21), home runs per game (0.45) and slugging percentage (1.051). She also ranks second in walks per game (1.19) and on-base percentage (.624), fourth in RBI per game (1.34) and 26th in batting average (.436). The senior has 19 multiple-RBI games and 14 multi-hit games on the year.
KRIEG RECORDS 800TH CAREER STRIKEOUT
Last Saturday, Louisiana Tech senior Meghan Krieg tallied her 800th career strikeout in a loss to San Jose State. The righthander currently ranks fifth all-time in the WAC record books, nine away from fourth place and 651 strikeouts shy of third place.
NOHARA CLIMBING WAC CAREER CHARTS
New Mexico State’s Hoku Nohara is inching towards several WAC career records. She currently ranks second in home runs (61), one away from the all-time record of 62 held by Fresno State’s Christina Clark. She’s also third in RBI (199) and sixth in total bases (431).
FRESNO STATE TO HOST 2011 TOURNAMENT
Fresno State will host the 2011 WAC Softball Tournament for the second time in the last three years. The top six teams will advance to the double-elimination tournament, which will be held at Bulldog Diamond from May 11-14. It is the fifth time the Bulldogs have hosted the event.
WAC TOURNAMENT TICKETS ON SALE NOW
All-session tickets for the 2011 WAC Softball Tournament are on sale now. The all-session pass is good for all 10 games (11 if the second game on Saturday is necessary).
TTickets can be purchased online by clicking HERE, over the phone at (559) 278-3647, or by downloading this PDF and submitting the order form to the address indicated. Tickets can also be purchased at the Bulldog Diamond ticket booth starting one hour prior to the first game each day. (Cash only accepted at Bulldog Diamond).
Single day tickets go on sale to the general public beginning Tuesday, May 11.
Ticket prices are as follows:
|Lower Box (Reserved)||$40||$15|
|Adult General Admission||$15||$6|
W AC TO STREAM 2011 TOURNAMENT
The WAC, in conjunction with its Web site partner NeuLion, has announced it will stream the 2011 WAC Softball Tournament live from Fresno, Calif. Viewers can sign up by visiting www.WAC.tv. The double-elimination tournament will be held May 11-14 at Bulldog Diamond on the campus of Fresno State with the first game beginning at 4:30 p.m. (PT) on Wednesday. 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.
HAWAI`I PICKED TO WIN 2011 WAC TITLE
The WAC softball coaches selected Hawai‘i to win the 2011 WAC regular-season crown with 48 points and six first-place votes. This is the third time the Rainbow Wahine have been the favorite to take the crown (2002, 2008). Fresno State came in second, picking up two first-place vote and 43 points, followed by Boise State in third place. New Mexico State edged Louisiana Tech for fourth place. Nevada was picked to finish sixth (24), followed by San Jose State in seventh with 13 points. Utah State rounded out the poll in eighth place with eight points.
Hawai‘i junior hurler Stephanie Ricketts was selected in a vote of the league’s eight coaches as the preseason Pitcher of the Year, while teammate sophomore outfielder Kelly Majam earned preseason Player of the Year honors.
Hawai‘i placed the most players on the preseason all-WAC team with five, while Fresno State had three and New Mexico State had two. Joining Ricketts and Majam on the preseason team are Hawai‘i’s Melissa Gonzalez, Jessica Iwata and Jenna Rodriguez, Fresno State’s Haley Gilleland, Michelle Moses and Caitlin Stiglich, New Mexico State’s Tiare Jennings and Hoku Nohara, Meghan Krieg of Louisiana Tech, Allie Crump of Boise State and Amanda Pridmore of San Jose State.
All but one member of the preseason all-WAC team was named to the 2011 all-WAC team. Ten members were first team all-WAC honorees a year ago (Gilleland, Gonzalez, Iwata, Jennings, Krieg, Majam, Moses, Ricketts, Rodriguez and Stiglich), while two 2010 second-team honorees are on the team (Crump and Nohara).