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This Week in WAC Softball - April 9
Courtesy: New Mexico State
SJSU’S COX, NM STATE’S NEWMAN NAMED WAC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
San Jose State’s Michelle Cox and New Mexico State’s Alex Newman have been named the Western Athletic Conference Hitter and Pitcher of the Week, respectively, for April 1-7. This is the first-ever honor for Cox and the first of the season and second of her career for Newman.

Cox, a sophomore outfielder from Sydney, Australia, led San Jose State to a 3-1 record last week. She hit .615 with a double, a home run, three RBI and three stolen bases. She posted a .667 on-base percentage and a .923 slugging percentage. Cox, who got a hit in all four games, opened the week with a hit, two walks and two stolen bases in a shutout win over Santa Clara. In the series opener against Seattle U, she hit her first career homer to account for the Spartans’ scoring in a 2-1 loss. On Saturday, Cox went 3-for-4 with one RBI in both games.

Newman, a senior from Rio Linda, Calif., went 3-0 with a 0.40 ERA last week as the Aggies moved into first place in the WAC standings with a series sweep of UT Arlington. She opened the week with a complete-game victory, allowing one unearned run on three hits. Newman then threw eight innings of relief in a 12-inning victory over the Mavericks in the first game of a doubleheader Saturday, striking out six. In the series finale, she entered in the sixth inning and threw 2.2 innings in an eight-inning 6-5 Aggie victory.
 
Other Hitter of the Week nominees included: Louisiana Tech’s Amanda Krueger hit .444 with three RBI and two stolen bases ... Amber Olive of New Mexico State hit .538 with one triple, one homer and two RBI ... Seattle U’s Bubba Morrow hit .455 with a double, a homer and four RBI ... Nina Villanueva of UT Arlington hit .600 with three doubles and three RBI last week ... UTSA’s Darian Blake hit .500 with a triple and one RBI ... Brooke Baker of Texas State hit .556 with a double and one RBI on the week ... Utah State’s Christine Thomsen hit .500 with a double, a homer run and three RBI on the week.

Other Pitcher of the Week nominees included: San Jose State’s Amanda Pridmore went 2-1 with a save and 21 strikeouts on the week ... Teri Lyles of UT Arlington posted seven strikeouts last week ... Texas State’s Ashley Wright went 2-0 with a 2.55 ERA last week ... Mandy Harmon of Utah State went 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA and nine strikeouts in two appearances.

SAN JOSE STATE’S PRIDMORE LEADS NATION IN SAVES
San Jose State senior hurler Amanda Pridmore posted another save last week to move her season total to seven, expanding on the San Jose State record for saves in a season. The mark is also the best in the nation. The Spartan career leader in saves, Pridmore has 17 in her four years.

NM STATE’S OLIVE ON 13-GAME HITTING STREAK
New Mexico State senior Amber Olive is in the midst of a WAC-best 13-game hitting streak. The outfielder has had a hit in every game since the second half of a March 15 doubleheader at Nebraska, when she was one of two Aggies with hits. Olive opened the 2012 season with a 12-game hitting streak. She also leads the WAC with 19 multi-hit games.

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 (17), ranks first in strikeouts per seven innings (6.0), second in wins (61), strikeouts (641), appearances (151) and opponent batting average (.240), third in games started (102) and innings pitched (748.1), fourth in complete games (69), and tied for eighth in shutouts (11). Pridmore is three 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
12-3
27-21
New Mexico State
10-4
31-23
Missouri-Kansas City
7-8
20-36
Seattle U
6-9
18-34
Utah Valley
5-9
18-42
Bakersfield
4-11
15-40-1
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