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This Week in WAC Softball - May 6
Courtesy: Texas State
TEXAS STATE’S HARRIS, SJSU'S PRIDMORE NAMED WAC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Texas State’s Courtney Harris and San Jose State’s Amanda Pridmore have been named the Western Athletic Conference Hitter and Pitcher of the Week, respectively, for April 29-May 5. This is the first-ever honor for Harris and the fifth of the season and sixth of her career for Pridmore.

Harris, a sophomore third baseman from Round Rock, Texas, hit .625 with two doubles, one home run and five RBI as the Bobcats went 2-1 at Utah State last week. She also posted a 1.250 slugging percentage and a .727 on-base percentage over the three games. In the series opener, she hit a two-run homer in the first inning and finished with one walk and two runs scored. In game two, Harris went 2-for-3 with one RBI, one walk and one run scored. In the regular-season finale, Harris drove in both of the Bobcats’ runs on a pair of doubles. Harris tallied at least one hit and one RBI in all three games. She also did not record a single strikeout for the second straight series.

Pridmore, a senior from Modesto, Calif., pitched every inning of all three games last weekend against New Mexico State, leading the Spartans to the series sweep over the previously first-place Aggies, which gave San Jose State its first-ever WAC regular-season title and the top seed in the WAC Tournament. She went 3-0 with a 1.27 ERA and 19 strikeouts over 22 innings. During the series, Pridmore became San Jose State’s career wins leader (70), single-season wins leader (26) and single-season strikeout leader (238). She also led the Spartans to the program record for wins in a season (39).

Other Hitter of the Week nominees included: Louisiana Tech’s Melanie Goff hit .625 with four RBI and three walks ... Amber Olive of New Mexico State hit .417 with a stolen base ... San Jose State’s Cheryl Freitas hit .375 with a double and one RBI on the week ... Meagan Michele of UT Arlington hit .500 with three homers and six RBI ... UTSA’s Jolene Graham hit .500 with a double and two home runs.

Other Pitcher of the Week nominees included: Louisiana Tech’s Melanie Goff went 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA in 3.1 innings of work ... Alex Newman of New Mexico State posted a 2.39 ERA and five strikeouts ... UT Arlington’s Teri Lyles went 1-1 with a save and 13 strikeouts ... Rayn House of Texas State went 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA in five innings last week.

SJSU CLAIMS FIRST-EVER WAC REGULAR-SEASON TITLE, TOP SEED IN WAC TOURNAMENT
San Jose State, which entered last weekend two games behind first-place New Mexico State, swept the series against the Aggies to claim the 2013 WAC regular-season title. It is the first WAC title for San Jose State since joining the conference in 1996-97. The Spartans did not lose a WAC series this season, and are the winningest team in school history.

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.

THREE WAC PLAYERS NAMED ACADEMIC ALL-DISTRICT
Three WAC softball players have been voted to the Capital One CoSIDA Academic All-District teams. Louisiana Tech’s Erin Kipp, New Mexico State’s Amber Olive and Seattle U’s Allegra Wilde were each named to the first team in their respective districts and now advance to the national ballot for Academic All-America consideration. That team will be announced on May 23.

Kipp, a senior designated player from Bullard, Texas, boasts a 3.82 GPA as a biology major. A senior outfielder from Simi Valley, Calif., Olive has a 3.88 GPA in communication studies. Wilde, a senior infielder from Kennewick, Wash., has a 3.81 GPA as a biology major.

In order to be eligible for Academic All-District and All-America honors, a player must have completed at least one academic year, must be a starter or significant reserve, must have a 3.30 cumulative grade-point average and must have completed at least one full academic year at her institution. Voting is done by members of CoSIDA (College Sports Information Directors of America).

LOUISIANA TECH RANKS TIED FOR NINTH IN SINGLE-SEASON STOLEN BASES
Louisiana Tech currently ranks tied for ninth in the single-season program record books with 91 stolen bases this season. The Lady Techsters have nearly quadrupled their opponents’ total of 26 stolen bases. 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 SETS SEVERAL PROGRAM RECORDS
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 693 strikeouts on her career. The senior is also the all-time wins (70) and saves leader (17), ranks first in strikeouts per seven innings (5.98), is second in appearances (161), games started (109), innings pitched (810.1) and opponent batting average (.236), fourth in complete games (76), tied for seventh in shutouts (13) and 10th in ERA (2.46). Pridmore also set single-season records for wins (26) and strikeouts (238).

SAN JOSE STATE’S COLLINS SETS SINGLE-SEASON WALKS RECORD
With 34 walks this season, San Jose State senior outfielder Markesha Collins is the San Jose State single-season leader in the category. Her average of 0.65 walks per game ranks 56th nationally.
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