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This Week in WAC Softball - May 14
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SAN JOSE STATE TO REPRESENT WAC AT TEMPE REGIONAL
San Jose State will represent the WAC in the NCAA Tournament as the Spartans will travel to Tempe, Ariz., for the Tempe Regional. San Jose State (42-15) will face No. 5 overall seed Arizona State (45-10) at 3 p.m. (PT) Friday, May 17, on ESPNU. San Diego State (35-18) will face Georgia (38-19) on the other side of the bracket in the double elimination regional. San Jose State is making its third NCAA Tournament appearance and its first since the 1992 season.

SAN JOSE STATE WINS FIRST-EVER WAC TOURNAMENT
Top-seeded San Jose State shut out No. 2-seed New Mexico State 4-0 in the championship game to win its first-ever WAC Tournament title. Amanda Pridmore threw a complete-game one-hitter en route to MVP honors.

All-Tournament Team
Brooke Baker, Texas State
Kelli Baker, Texas State
Markesha Collins, San Jose State
Kelsey Dodd, New Mexico State
Melanie Goff, Louisiana Tech
Jessie Hufstetler, San Jose State
Amanda Krueger, Louisiana Tech
Alex Newman, New Mexico State
Amanda Pridmore, San Jose State (MVP)
Haylee Staton, UTSA
Nina Villanueva, UT Arlington

ALL-WAC TEAMS ANNOUNCED
New Mexico State’s Staci Rodriguez was named WAC Player of the Year, while San Jose State’s Amanda Pridmore was named Pitcher of the Year. Meanwhile, Louisiana Tech’s Anna Cross was named Freshman of the Year and San Jose State’s Peter Turner was named Coach of the Year.

Rodriguez, a sophomore rightfielder from Paramount, Calif., earns WAC Player of the Year after leading all players in WAC games with 26 RBI, nine homer runs, 56 total bases and a .903 slugging percentage. She also ranked second in runs scored (16), fourth in batting average (.403) and on-base percentage (.507), and sixth in hits (25). She was named WAC Hitter of the Week three times during the season.

Pridmore, a senior righthander from Modesto, Calif., earns WAC Pitcher of the Year honors after leading the WAC in ERA (1.25), strikeouts (88), wins (13), saves (3), appearances (19) and games started (13) during WAC play. She also ranked second in opponent batting average (.203) during WAC play. Her 83 strikeouts was 35 more than any other player in the league and she was named WAC Pitcher of the Week five times during the season.

Cross, a shortstop and pitcher from Cross Roads, Texas, tied for second in the WAC in conference games in games started (12), ranked third in slugging percentage (.653), tied for sixth in wins (4), tied for seventh in both doubles (5) and appearances (13), and ninth in both batting average (.367) and innings pitched (59.1). She earned WAC Pitcher of the Week honors once this season.

Turner earns Coach of the Year honors for the first time in his career after leading his team to its first-ever WAC regular-season title with a 17-4 mark. The Spartans also set the program record for wins in a season (39). In WAC play, SJSU led the conference in ERA, opposing batting average, strikeouts, hits allowed, runs allowed, homers allowed, triples and sacrifice flies.  

First Team
Darian Blake, UTSA
Markesha Collins, San Jose State
Michelle Cox, San Jose State
Anna Cross, Louisiana Tech
Isabella Geronimo, Seattle U
Amanda Krueger, Louisiana Tech
Bubba Morrow, Seattle U
Alex Newman, New Mexico State
Amber Olive, New Mexico State
Amanda Pridmore, San Jose State
Staci Rodriguez, New Mexico State
Christine Thomsen, Utah State
Nina Villanueva, UT Arlington

Second Team
Emma Adams, New Mexico State
Brooke Baker, Texas State
Kelli Baker, Texas State
Devin Caldwell, San Jose State
Kristi Covarrubia, New Mexico State
Hailey Froton, Utah State
Melanie Goff, Louisiana Tech
Macie Hair, Texas State
Rayn House, Texas State
Erin Kipp, Louisiana Tech
Haley Lemons, Texas State
Teri Lyles, UT Arlington
Malena Padilla, New Mexico State

SJSU CLAIMS FIRST-EVER WAC REGULAR-SEASON TITLE
San Jose State claimed the 2013 WAC regular-season title with a 17-4 record. It was 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.

THREE WAC PLAYERS NAMED ACADEMIC ALL-DISTRICT
Three WAC softball players were 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 advance to the national ballot for Academic All-America consideration. That team will be announced on May 23.

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 RANKS IN TOP 10 IN TWO CHARTS
New Mexico State sophomore outfielder Staci Rodriguez had 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 had 63 RBI, good for second at NM State and 10th in the WAC.

LA TECH RANKS NINTH IN SINGLE-SEASON STOLEN BASES
Louisiana Tech closed out the season with 92 stolen bases, good for ninth place in the program single-season record books. The Lady Techsters more than tripled their opponents’ total of 27 stolen bases. Four different LA Tech players had 10 or more steals this year.

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 705 strikeouts on her career. The senior is also the all-time wins (73) and saves leader (17), ranks first in strikeouts per seven innings (5.94), is second in appearances (164), games started (112), innings pitched (831.1) and opponent batting average (.235), fourth in complete games (79), fifth in shutouts (15) and 10th in ERA (2.41). Pridmore also set single-season records for wins (29) and strikeouts (250).

SAN JOSE STATE’S COLLINS SETS SINGLE-SEASON WALKS RECORD
With 35 walks this season, San Jose State senior outfielder Markesha Collins is the San Jose State single-season leader in the category. Her average of 0.64 walks per game ranks 62nd 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.
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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