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This Week in WAC Softball - April 23
Courtesy: Utah State
USU’S THOMSEN, SJSU’S PRIDMORE NAMED WAC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Utah State’s Christine Thomsen and San Jose State’s Amanda Pridmore have been named the Western Athletic Conference Hitter and Pitcher of the Week, respectively, for April 15-21. This is the first-ever honor for Thomsen and fourth of the season and fifth of her career for Pridmore.

Thomsen, a senior infielder from Fresno, Calif., posted a staggering .737 batting average last week, with multiple hits in all six games. She helped power USU to its second WAC series win of the season as she went 2-for-3 in Friday’s series opening loss to Louisiana Tech. In Friday’s nightcap, Thomsen was 3-for-4 and scored a run en route to an 8-4 win. In the series finale, she went 3-for-4 and scored a run to help seal the win. Earlier in the week in non-conference play, she went 2-for-3 and scored a run against Utah Valley, 2-for-3 with one RBI vs. Utah, and 2-for-2 with a double and two walks against Southern Utah.

Pridmore, a senior from Modesto, Calif., went 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA and 14 strikeouts last week as the Spartans swept the series against UT Arlington. She opened the week with a complete-game victory over the Mavericks, striking out 11 over 14 innings and tying the San Jose State record for innings pitched in a game. It was the eighth game this season in which Pridmore struck out eight or more batters. In the series finale, she threw three innings in relief to pick up the win, allowing one hit and striking out three. For the week, Pridmore held opponents to a .158 batting average.

Other Hitter of the Week nominees included: Louisiana Tech’s Amanda Krueger hit .667 with four RBI ... Malena Padilla of New Mexico State hit .400 with a home run and two RBI ... San Jose State’s Michelle Cox hit .444 with four stolen bases on the week ... Rogin Hardy of Seattle U hit .500 with two doubles, a home run and four RBI ... UT Arlington’s Nina Villanueva hit .462 with one RBI and one stolen base ... Darian Blake of UTSA hit .500 with a double and one RBI ... Texas State’s Macie Hair hit .500 with one RBI.

Other Pitcher of the Week nominees included: New Mexico State’s Alex Newman went 1-1 with a 0.93 ERA and eight strikeouts ... Richelle Ashburn of Seattle U went 1-0 with a 1.00 ERA ... UT Arlington’s Teri Lyles went 0-2 with a 1.38 ERA and six strikeouts ... Mandy Harmon of Utah State went 2-1 with a 2.92 ERA and 25 strikeouts last week.

WAC TOURNAMENT TICKETS ON SALE NOW
Tickets for the 2013 WAC Softball Tournament, which will be held May 8-11 at the Lady Techster Softball Complex on the campus of Louisiana Tech, are on sale now. Tickets can be purchased by calling the Tech Ticket Office at 318-257-3631, emailing techtickets@latech.edu or logging onto www.LATechSports.com.

Ticket prices for the tournament are as follows:

• All-Session – $25 for adults; $10 for youth (18 and under); $5 for WAC students with ID
• Single-Day – $10 for adults; $5 for youth (18 and under)
• General Admission (outfield hill) – $5 per day

WAC student tickets can only be purchased in person at the Tech Ticket Office or at the softball stadium on game-days during the tournament as buyers have to present a valid student ID. All tickets purchased at the stadium during the tournament must be paid for with cash. Credit cards can only be used for pre-purchased tickets prior to the event.

WAC TO STREAM SOFTBALL TOURNAMENT FROM LOUISIANA TECH
The WAC will stream the 2013 WAC Softball Tournament live from Ruston, La. Viewers can sign up by visiting www.WACsports.tv. Every game of the tournament can be viewed for a single subscription price of $9.95. More information can be found at www.WACsports.tv.

LOUISIANA TECH ENTERS PROGRAM SINGLE-SEASON TOP 10 FOR STOLEN BASES
Louisiana Tech currently ranks 10th in the single season program record books with 88 stolen bases this season. The Lady Techsters have quadrupled their opponents’ total of 22 stolen bases this season. Four different LA Tech players have 10 or more steals this year. The all-time record is 138, set by the 1995 team.

UTAH STATE’S THOMSEN ON 14-GAME HITTING STREAK
Utah State’s Christine Thomsen is in the midst of a 14-game hitting streak. The senior had multiple hits in all six of her team's games last week and has posted a hit in every game since April 3 at Idaho State.

New Mexico State’s Amber Olive has the longest hitting streak in the WAC this year as she had a hit in 17 straight games, beginning with the second half of a March 15 doubleheader at Nebraska and ending in the second game of a doubleheader against UTSA on April 13.

SJSU’S PRIDMORE LEADS NATION IN SAVES
San Jose State senior pitcher Amanda Pridmore has seven saves this year, the most in the nation and also the SJSU record for saves in a season. The all-time WAC and Spartan career leader in saves, Pridmore has 17 in her four years.

NM STATE’S RODRIGUEZ MOVING UP SINGLE-SEASON HOME RUN CHART
New Mexico State sophomore outfielder Staci Rodriguez has 17 home runs this season, tied for second all-time in the NM State single-season record books and seven shy of the all-time mark of 24.

SAN JOSE STATE’S PRIDMORE PROGRAM LEADER IN STRIKEOUTS
San Jose State hurler Amanda Pridmore became the program’s all-time strikeout leader with her fourth strikeout of the game in the fifth inning against Louisiana Tech on April 12, surpassing Carol Forbes’ (2002-05) mark of 644. Pridmore now has 669 strikeouts on her career. The senior is also the all-time saves leader (17), ranks first in strikeouts per seven innings (6.01), is second in wins (65), appearances (156), innings pitched (779.2) and opponent batting average (.237), tied for second in games started (105), fourth in complete games (72), tied for seventh in shutouts (13) and 10th in ERA (2.50).

SAN JOSE STATE’S COLLINS SETS SINGLE-SEASON WALKS RECORD
With 32 walks this season, San Jose State senior outfielder Markesha Collins is the San Jose State single-season leader in the category. Her average of 0.7 walks per game ranks 47th nationally.

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 SETS SCHOOL RECORD FOR STRIKEOUTS IN A GAME
San Jose State senior hurler Amanda Pridmore set the school record for strikeouts in a game when she fanned 17 batters against Marist on March 16. Three times she posted three strikeouts in an inning, twice in succession. The 17 strikeouts is tied for the fifth-most in a game in NCAA Division I history.

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.
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