This Week in WAC Softball - March 11
UTSA’s Siera Sproul and UT Arlington’s Teri Lyles have been named the Western Athletic Conference Hitter and Pitcher of the Week, respectively, for March 4-10. This is the first-ever honor for Sproul and the second honor in a row for Lyles.
Sproul, a junior outfielder from Liberty Hill, Texas, led the Roadrunners to a pair of wins over Houston Baptist last week. She hit .833 and recorded a 1.500 slugging percentage in the two games. In the first game, Sproul was 3-for-3 with a double and three RBI. In the second half of the doubleheader, she was 2-for-3 with a home run and three more RBI. The three hits and three RBI were both career highs.
Lyles, a senior from Keller, Texas, went 3-0 on the week with three complete games, including an eight-inning 3-2 win over Troy and a pair of run-rule victories. In 18.0 innings of work, she allowed just four earned runs while striking out 14. The right-hander is now 10-2 in the circle this season.
Other Hitter of the Week nominees included: Kristen Miles of Louisiana Tech hit .615 with a .688 on-base percentage ... New Mexico State’s Lacey Rother hit .333 with one RBI and three walks ... Lisa Maulden of Seattle U hit .364 with a .636 slugging percentage ... UT Arlington’s Rebecca Stokes hit .600 with one triple and three RBI.
Other Pitcher of the Week nominees included: Louisiana Tech’s Michelle Jones went 2-1 with a 1.80 ERA and 11 strikeouts ... Karysta Donisthorpe of New Mexico State went 1-1 with a 1.68 ERA and nine strikeouts in 8.1 innings of work ... Seattle U’s Richelle Ashburn had 14 strikeouts last week.
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).
UTSA’S STATON THROWS 20 CONSECUTIVE SCORELESS INNINGS
From Feb. 20 against North Texas until Feb. 24 against Purdue, UTSA’s Haylee Staton tossed 20 consecutive scoreless frames before allowing a run. During that time, she threw two complete games and made five appearances.
SEATTLE U CHRISTENS NEW HOME
Seattle U hosted local opponent Northwest University in its first regular-season contests at its newly renovated home, Logan Field at Seattle University Park, on Feb. 23. The Redhawks won both contests in five innings, 9-1 and 15-0. In the second game, SU scored 11 runs in a single inning. Lisa Maulden hit the first regular-season home run on the new field to right field and Bubba Morrow added the second to center field.
UTSA’S LOW HAS THREE GAMES WITH THREE OR MORE RBI
UTSA sophomore catcher Megan Low has recorded three or more RBI in three different games this season. She posted three RBI against Lamar (Feb. 9) and North Texas (Feb. 20). Low had first multi-homer game and had a career-high four RBI against Rutgers on Feb. 16.
RODRIGUEZ HITS GRAND SLAM, HOMER IN CONSECUTIVE AT BATS
New Mexico State outfielder Staci Rodriguez hit her first career grand slam in an 8-1 win over Illinois-Chicago on Feb. 8. The sophomore then came back in her next at bat and hit a solo home run. She had five homers in all of last season.
UTSA’S TIJERINA HITS PAIR OF HOMERS IN LAMAR FINALE
After playing in just seven games last season with 11 at-bats, UTSA sophomore Vivian Tijerina hit a pair of homers against Lamar on Feb. 10 to become the first Roadrunner to have a multi-homer game since Jori Fox on April 22, 2011.