This Week in WAC Softball - May 10
New Mexico State’s Valerie Swedberg and Hawai‘i’s Stephanie Ricketts have been named the Verizon Western Athletic Conference Hitter and Pitcher of the Week, respectively, for May 2-8. This is the first-ever honor for Swedberg and the second of the season and seventh of her career for Ricketts.
Swedberg, a freshman utility player from Albuquerque, N.M., helped New Mexico State to its first WAC title with a sweep of Boise State last week. She reached base seven times in 10 at-bats with three extra-base hits, including a home run and a pair of doubles. She also batted in six runs. Swedberg hit .700 on the weekend, with a .700 on-base percentage and a 1.200 slugging percentage. She notched at least two hits in each game of the series as the Aggies posted their program-record fifth WAC series sweep of the season.
Ricketts, a junior from San Jose, Calif., went 2-0 with a 0.58 ERA while holding San Jose State to a .159 batting average in two complete-game wins last week. In her first appearance, she fired a two-hit shutout with a walk and five strikeouts. It marked her ninth shutout of the season. In the series finale, she took a shutout through the sixth inning before giving up the only run for the Spartans. She struck out eight and walked just one batter. With 13 strikeouts last week, Ricketts is now just two away from tying All-American Brooke Wilkins for the Hawai‘i career strikeout record of 585.
Other Hitter of the Week nominees included: Boise State’s Christina Capobianco hit .667 with a pair of home runs … Brooke Ortiz of Fresno State hit .778 with three RBI … Hawai‘i’s Jessica Iwata hit .667 with nine RBI in a sweep of San Jose State … Katelynn Hill of Louisiana Tech hit .600 with a double, a home run and three RBI last week ... Nevada’s Megan Fincher homered and drove in three runs against Fresno State last week … Megan McDonald of Utah State hit .625 with four runs scored and one RBI last week.
Other Pitcher of the Week nominees included: Fresno State’s Michelle Moses was 2-0 with 19 strikeouts on the week … Meghan Krieg of Louisiana Tech went 2-1 with 27 strikeouts last week … Nevada’s Ariel Craig earned the win against Fresno State in just her third collegiate start … Celisha Walker of New Mexico State picked up a complete-game win against Boise State.
NM STATE EARNS FIRST WAC REGULAR-SEASON TITLE
With its sweep of Boise State last weekend, New Mexico State won its first conference title of any kind in 37 years as a program. The Aggies’17 conference wins is an all-time record since joining the WAC, obliterating the previous high of 11 set in 2009. In addition, NM State’s 40 wins this season matches the all-time win total in program history and marks the sixth 30 or more win season at NM State.
FRESNO STATE TO HOST 2011 TOURNAMENT
Fresno State will host the 2011 WAC Softball Tournament later this week. The top six teams will advance to the double-elimination tournament. It is the fifth time overall and second time in the last three years 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).
Tickets can be purchased online or over the phone at (559) 278-2647. 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 10.
WAC TO STREAM 2011 TOURNAMENT
The WAC, in conjunction with its Web site partner NeuLion, 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.