This Week in WAC Softball - March 5
Louisiana Tech’s Amanda Krueger and UT Arlington’s Teri Lyles have been named the Western Athletic Conference Hitter and Pitcher of the Week, respectively, for Feb. 25-March 3. This is the first-ever honor for both.
Krueger, a senior second baseman from Warren, Ore., led the Lady Techsters to a 4-1 record at the Northwestern State Demons Classic. She hit .500 with a .938 slugging percentage and a .579 on-base percentage and six RBI on the week. Krueger had eight hits in 16 at bats, including four extra base hits. Krueger had three multi-RBI games and her two-run homer against UL-Monroe proved to be the difference in the Lady Techsters’ 10-9 win on Saturday. Krueger also drew three walks and only struck out once while also going 4-for-4 in stolen bases.
Lyles, a senior from Keller, Texas, pitched three complete games, including a no-hitter, and struck out 14 last week. In a win over Lamar, she allowed two runs, only one of which was earned, while striking out five. Against Creighton, she threw her first career no-hitter, fanning seven.
Other Hitter of the Week nominees included: New Mexico State’s Amber Olive hit .429 with a double, a triple, a home run and four RBI ... Cheryl Freitas of San Jose State hit .467 with one triple, one homer and six RBI ... UT Arlington’s Rachel Forshaw hit .286 with a double and two RBI ... Megan Low of UTSA hit .571 with two doubles and seven walks ... Texas State’s Courtney Harris hit .375 with seven RBI on the week ... Nicole Arata of Utah State hit .500 with one home run and three RBI.
Other Pitcher of the Week nominees included: Louisiana Tech’s Michelle Jones went 3-0 with a 3.50 ERA ... Celisha Walker of New Mexico State went 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA, a save and six strikeouts in 12.1 innings of work ... San Jose State’s Amanda Pridmore went 2-1 with a save and 28 strikeouts last week ... Alyssa Vordenbaum of UTSA went 2-0 with 10 strikeouts in 14.2 innings of work.
TWO NO-HITTERS THROWN IN THE WAC THIS SEASON
Louisiana Tech senior Michelle Jones threw her first career no-hitter in a five-inning win over Alcorn State on Feb. 17. UT Arlington senior Teri Lyles pitched her first career no-hitter against Creighton on March 3.
SJSU’S PRIDMORE MOVING UP SJSU CAREER CHARTS
With her two shutouts at the Libby Matson Tournament, San Jose State senior hurler Amanda Pridmore moved into ninth place in the SJSU record books with nine shutouts on her career. Pridmore is also the all-time saves leader (12), ranks second in strikeouts (554) and appearances (134), fourth in wins (52), games started (93) and innings pitched (669.0), and fifth in complete games (62).