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This Week in WAC Softball - April 30
Courtesy: UT Arlington
NM STATE’S RODRIGUEZ, UT ARLINGTON’S LYLES NAMED WAC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
New Mexico State’s Staci Rodriguez and UT Arlington’s Teri Lyles have been named the Western Athletic Conference Hitter and Pitcher of the Week, respectively, for April 22-28.  This is the third honor of the season and of her career for Rodriguez and the third of the season for Lyles.

Rodriguez, a sophomore outfielder from Paramount, Calif., led New Mexico State to a 3-0 record against Seattle U last week to remain atop the WAC standings. She posted a .750 batting average, a .800 on-base percentage and an astounding 2.000 slugging percentage with a double, three home runs and eight RBI over the three games. In Friday night’s series opener, she was 2-for-3 with a home run and two RBI. In the come-from-behind win over the Redhawks in the series finale, Rodriguez hit two three-run home runs. With 20 bombs this season, Rodriguez ranks second at New Mexico State and seventh in the WAC in single-season home runs. With the eight RBI last week, she is now tied for second place at NM State and tied for 10th in the WAC in single-season RBI with 62.

Lyles, a senior from Keller, Texas, went 3-0 with a 0.00 ERA, 11 strikeouts and a pair of shutouts last week, limiting opponents to a .141 batting average. She opened the week with a win in relief against North Texas, scattering two hits over four innings. She then picked up the complete-game win in an eight-inning victory over Utah State, striking out four. In the series finale, Lyles threw a complete-game three-hitter, striking out six. The righthander leads now the WAC with a 1.49 ERA this season.
 
Other Hitter of the Week nominees included: Louisiana Tech’s Erin Kipp hit .500 with one RBI ... Jessie Hufstetler of San Jose State hit .600 with a double and one RBI on the week ... UT Arlington’s Kallan Thompson hit .417 with one RBI and one stolen base ... Courtney Harris of Texas State hit .500 with three doubles and seven RBI.

Other Pitcher of the Week nominees included: Michelle Jones of Louisiana Tech went 1-0 with a 0.88 ERA ... New Mexico State’s Alex Newman went 3-0 with a 0.47 ERA and six strikeouts ... Amanda Pridmore of San Jose State went 2-0 with a 1.62 ERA ... UTSA’s Haylee Staton went 2-0 with a 1.00 ERA and 14 strikeouts ... Rayn House of Texas State went 2-1 with a 2.57 ERA ... Utah State’s Mandy Harmon posted a 0.40 ERA and seven 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, sending an email to 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) and $5 for WAC students with a valid 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 RANKS 10TH IN SINGLE-SEASON STOLEN BASES
Louisiana Tech currently ranks 10th in the single-season program record books with 90 stolen bases this season. The Lady Techsters have nearly quadrupled their opponents’ total of 25 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.

SJSU’S PRIDMORE RANKS SECOND NATIONALLY IN SAVES
San Jose State senior pitcher Amanda Pridmore has seven saves this year, second 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 CHARTS
New Mexico State sophomore outfielder Staci Rodriguez has 20 home runs this season, good for second place all-time in the NM State single-season record books, four shy of the all-time mark, and seventh in the WAC in single-season list. Rodriguez also has 62 RBI this season, tied for second place at NM State and tied for 10th in the WAC.

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 674 strikeouts on her career. The senior is also the all-time saves leader (17), ranks first in strikeouts per seven innings (5.99), is second in wins (67), appearances (158), games started (106), innings pitched (788.1) and opponent batting average (.237), fourth in complete games (73), tied for seventh in shutouts (13) and 10th in ERA (2.50).

SAN JOSE STATE’S COLLINS SETS SINGLE-SEASON WALKS RECORD
With 33 walks this season, San Jose State senior outfielder Markesha Collins is the San Jose State single-season leader in the category. Her average of 0.67 walks per game ranks 56th 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.
Softball
WAC
Overall
Grand Canyon
12-3
27-21
New Mexico State
10-4
31-23
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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