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This Week in WAC Softball - April 2
Courtesy: Louisiana Tech
LOUISIANA TECH’S GOFF, CROSS  NAMED WAC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Louisiana Tech’s Melanie Goff and Anna Cross have been named the Western Athletic Conference Hitter and Pitcher of the Week, respectively, for March 25-31. This is the first-ever honor for both.

Goff, a senior outfielder from San Diego, Calif., led Louisiana Tech to a 4-0 record last week against Northwestern State and UT Arlington, two teams which had a combined record of 41-19 coming into the week. She posted a batting average of .800, with an on-base percentage of .846 and slugging percentage of 1.200. Goff got a hit and drove in a run in all four games. She reached base safely in 12 of 13 plate appearances on the week while recording an RBI in seven of her eight hits. Goff also registered four doubles on the week.

Cross, a freshman from Cross Roads, Texas, entered the week with just one win on the season and went 3-0 with a 1.75 ERA in 16 innings of work last week. She registered her first career shutout and allowed just one hit in a win over Northwestern State, which entered the game with a 24-6 record and a team batting average of .321. Cross then registered a complete-game 4-1 win over UT Arlington, scattering five hits and one walk in a career-high 7.0 innings of action. She returned in game three of the series against the Mavericks and picked up her third win. After allowing UTA to score three runs on four hits in the first inning, Cross allowed no runs and two singles in the final 3.0 innings before giving way to a reliever.
 
Other Hitter of the Week nominees included: Amber Olive of New Mexico State hit .632 with one double and three RBI ... San Jose State’s Nicole Schultz hit .471 with three doubles, a homer and five RBI ... Nina Villanueva of UT Arlington hit .429 with one RBI last week ... UTSA’s Darian Blake hit .500 with three doubles and one RBI ... Hailey Froton of Utah State hit .600 with two doubles and four RBI on the week.

Other Pitcher of the Week nominees included: Alex Newman of New Mexico State went 3-0 with a 2.25 ERA and 10 strikeouts in 18.2 innings of work ... San Jose State’s Amanda Pridmore posted three saves on the week to set the program record for saves in a season at six ... Callie Collins of UT Arlington posted five strikeouts in two appearances last week.

PRIDMORE SETS SJSU RECORD FOR SINGLE-SEASON SAVES, LEADS NATION IN CATEGORY
San Jose State senior hurler Amanda Pridmore posted three saves last week. Her save in the final game against UTSA on March 31 moved her season total to six to set the San Jose State record for saves in a season. The mark is also the best in the nation. Already the Spartan career leader in saves, Pridmore now has 16 saves in her four years.

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.

PRIDMORE MOVING UP SAN JOSE STATE CAREER CHARTS
San Jose State senior hurler Amanda Pridmore is making her mark on the SJSU career record books. Pridmore is the all-time saves leader (16), ranks first in strikeouts per seven innings (5.97), second in wins (59), strikeouts (620) and appearances (147), tied for second in opponent batting average (.242), third in games started (99), fourth in innings pitched (727.1) and complete games (67), and ninth in shutouts (10). Pridmore is 24 strikeouts shy of the all-time school record of 644, held by Carol Forbes (2002-05).

LOUISIANA TECH TO HOST 2013 TOURNAMENT
Louisiana Tech will host the 2013 WAC Softball Tournament. The top six teams will advance to the double-elimination tournament, which will be held at the Lady Techsters Softball Complex from May 7-10. It is the first time the Lady Techsters have hosted the event.

Second-seeded Brigham Young claimed its first-ever WAC Tournament title last season in Las Cruces, N.M., to earn the WAC’s automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament.

TEXAS STATE PICKED TO WIN 2013 WAC TITLE
In a preseason vote of the WAC softball coaches, league newcomer Texas State edged out San Jose State by one point to win the 2013 WAC regular-season crown. The Bobcats took the top spot in the preseason poll with 43 points and five first-place votes, just ahead of San Jose State in second place with 42 points and two first-place votes. New Mexico State was third with 39 points and one first-place vote.
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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