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This Week in WAC Softball - June 10
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GRAND CANYON’S BARAK NAMED ACADEMIC ALL-AMERICAN®
Grand Canyon shortstop Kelsey Barak was selected to the Capital One Academic All-America® Division I softball team, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). Barak was one of four infielders to be selected to the second team. The Fontana, Calif., native, who earned the honor for the second consecutive year, boasts a 3.91 GPA as an exercise science major. A first team All-WAC honoree, Barak hit .353, recorded a team-best 54 hits and tallied a WAC-best 18 RBI during league play. She connected on a team-high seven home runs and also notched 11 doubles.

THREE WAC PLAYERS NAMED NFCA ALL-REGION
Three WAC players were named to the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Division I All-Region teams. Grand Canyon’s Stephanie Pesqueira, the WAC Pitcher of the Year, was named second team All-West Region. New Mexico State senior outfielder Lacey Rother, the WAC Player of the Year, was named second team All-Pacific Region, while teammate and fellow outfielder Staci Rodriguez was named to the third team. A total of 392 players representing 158 different institutions comprised this season’s regional teams, including first, second and third teams for each region. The all-region teams were voted on by NFCA member coaches from each respective region.

UTAH VALLEY DROPS TWO GAMES AT EUGENE REGIONAL
Amanda Robinson hit a solo homer in the top of the fourth inning to account for Utah Valley’s only run in a 12-1 five-inning loss to No. 1 overall seed Oregon in its first game of the Eugene Regional. Brianna Gatlin got the only other Wolverine hit. Starter Josi Summers allowed 11 runs, eight earned, on eight hits over 1.2 innings. Bailey Moore threw 2.1 innings in relief, giving up one run on two hits.

The Wolverines’ season came to an end with a 4-3 loss to Albany in an elimination game at the Eugene Regional. Utah Valley got back-to-back doubles from Robinson and Debra Lovell in the top of the first to put the Wolverines up 1-0. Albany answered in the bottom of the frame with a two-run homer to take the lead. The Danes added two more runs in the bottom of the second to take a 4-1 lead. Gatlin led off the fifth with a solo homer and Brittney Vansway homered in the seventh to bring the Wolverines within one, but that was as close as Utah Valley would get in the loss. Summers suffered the loss to close the season 10-19. She allowed three runs on three hits over 1.1 innings. Moore threw 4.2 innings, giving up one run on three hits. She struck out two and walked two.

Utah Valley finished the season at 18-42 and was the first team in school history to advance to the NCAA Tournament.

UTAH VALLEY WINS FIRST-EVER WAC TOURNAMENT
Debra Lovell hit a pair of homers to lead the fourth-seeded Wolverines past No. 1 seed New Mexico State, 7-6, in the championship game to lead Utah Valley to its first-ever WAC Tournament title. Josi Summers was named tournament MVP after going 3-0 with a save and holding opponents to a .135 batting average over 21.2 innings. She finished the tournament with a 1.62 ERA and 10 strikeouts.

All-Tournament Team
Fiana Finau, New Mexico State
Katie Kelley, Kansas City
Debra Lovell, Utah Valley
Lisa Maulden, Seattle U
Malena Padilla, New Mexico State
Sydney Raeber, Bakersfield
Tatum Reedy, New Mexico State
Erin Romero, Utah Valley
Brittney Vansway, Utah Valley
Celisha Walker, New Mexico State
MVP: Josi Summers, Utah Valley

ALL-WAC TEAMS ANNOUNCED
New Mexico State’s Lacey Rother was named WAC Player of the Year, while Grand Canyon’s Stephanie Pesqueira was named Pitcher of the Year. Meanwhile, Seattle U’s Lindsay Davis was named Freshman of the Year and Grand Canyon’s Ann Pierson was named Coach of the Year.

Rother, a senior outfielder from Long Beach, Calif., earned WAC Player of the Year honors after leading all players in WAC games in batting average (.462), slugging percentage (.872), on-base percentage (.588) and walks (11), ranking second in RBI (17) and total bases (34), and third in home runs (4). She was named WAC Hitter of the Week once during the season.

Pesqueira, a senior right-hander from Tempe, Ariz., earned WAC Pitcher of the Year honors after posting a perfect 8-0 mark in WAC games this season. During WAC play, she led the league in opponent batting average (.193), innings pitched (67.1), strikeouts (42) and wins (8). Pesqueira, the 2013 Pacific West Conference Pitcher of the Year and Grand Canyon’s all-time leader in wins (36), was named WAC Pitcher of the Week four times during the season.

Davis, a pitcher from Palo Cedro, Calif., earned Freshman of the Year honors after ranking third in WAC games in wins (4) and innings per game (5.15), fourth in opponent batting average (.263), innings pitched (46.1) and games started (8), and fifth in ERA (2.87) and appearances (9).

Pierson earned Coach of the Year honors after leading her team to the WAC regular-season title with a 12-3 mark in its first season at the Division I level. The Antelopes won all five of their WAC series. In WAC play, Grand Canyon led the league in earned run average, opponent batting average) and fielding percentage, and ranked second in batting average, hits, slugging percentage and on-base percentage. Pierson, who was the 2012 Pacific West Conference Coach of the Year, surpassed the 300-win milestone earlier this year and has 320 career victories to date.

First Team
Kelsey Barak, GCU
Fiana Finau, NM State
Isabella Geronimo, Seattle U
Katie Kelley, UMKC
Debra Lovell, Utah Valley
Lisa Maulden, Seattle U
Bubba Morrow, Seattle U
Nicole Newbury, GCU
Stephanie Pesqueira, GCU
Cinda Ramos, UMKC
Lauren Regester, GCU
Lacey Rother, NM State
Alyssa Ruiz, NM State

Second Team
Emma Adams, NM State
Madison Bundy, Bakersfield
Lindsay Davis, Seattle U
Kayla Henry, GCU
Jenny Hurst, Seattle U
Makayla McAdams, NM State
Brennalyn Nakamura, NM State
Amanda Robinson, Utah Valley
Staci Rodriguez, NM State
Brittney Vansway, Utah Valley
Karissa Veiga, Bakersfield
Celisha Walker, NM State
Claire Zampini, GCU
    
GCU’S BARAK, PESQUEIRA NAMED ACADEMIC ALL-DISTRICT
Grand Canyon’s Kelsey Barak and Stephanie Pesqueira were voted to the Capital One Academic All-District 8 Softball Team. Barak, a junior infielder from Fontana, Calif., boasts a 3.91 GPA as an exercise science major. A senior pitcher from Tempe, Ariz., Pesqueira has a 3.42 GPA in psychology.

GRAND CANYON CLAIMS WAC REGULAR-SEASON TITLE
After being selected by the WAC coaches to finish last in the WAC in its first season in the league, Grand Canyon captured the WAC regular-season title in its first season at the Division I level. The ‘Lopes didn’t lose a series during league play this season and swept two of the five series.

UVU’S ROBINSON POSTS THIRD MULTI-HOME RUN GAME OF CAREER
Utah Valley senior Amanda Robinson notched the third multi-home run game of her career when she homered twice during a 2-for-2, four-RBI performance at Idaho State on April 15. She opened the season with just one long ball in her first 25 games and hit nine over 19 games in the month of April.

NM STATE BREAKS WAC RECORD FOR RUNS IN AN INNING
New Mexico State set the record for runs in an inning in a WAC game with 17 in the first inning of the series finale against Bakersfield on April 12. The Aggies plated 17 runs on 11 singles, six walks, two players hit by a pitch and one error. The previous record for runs in an inning was 13 by Hawai‘i against Nevada during the 2010 season.

UTAH VALLEY’S ROBINSON BECOMES ALL-TIME HOME RUN LEADER
On April 12, senior Amanda Robinson became Utah Valley’s all-time leader in home runs when she connected for her 32nd career homer in the fourth inning at Grand Canyon, passing Amanda Perez (2009-2012). Robinson closed out her career with 41 home runs.

NM STATE’S ROTHER TIES WAC RECORD FOR WALKS IN A GAME
New Mexico State senior outfielder/catcher Lacey Rother tied the WAC record for walks in a game with four, including one intentional walk, in the series finale against Bakersfield on April 12. She is tied with six other players for the record.

UVU’S LAUVAI HITS TWO HOMERS AGAINST WEBER STATE
Utah Valley sophomore Dynasty Lauvai produced the first multi-home run game of her career when she went deep in the first and seventh innings of the first game of a twinbill vs. Weber State on March 19.

SEATTLE U, UVU SET SIX WAC SEASON HIGHS IN 13-12 GAME
In the series finale between Seattle U and Utah Valley on April 5, which the Wolverines won 13-12, the two teams combined to set six WAC season highs – runs scored (25), hits (29), RBI (19), doubles (9), total bases (53) and walks (11). In addition, Utah Valley tied the league’s season high with 17 hits in the game and Wolverine Debra Lovell tied the WAC single-game mark this season with 10 total bases. Seattle U’s Lisa Maulden tied the WAC single-game record in conference games with four runs scored.

GCU POSTS WAC SEASON-HIGH 17 HITS VS. SANTA CLARA
Grand Canyon had a WAC season-high 17 hits against Santa Clara on March 22, as every Antelope that played tallied at least one hit. Haley Walker led the team with four hits, Claire Zampini had three and Kayla Henry, Stephanie Pesqueira and Kylie Shull tallied two hits apiece.

UVU’S SUMMERS THROWS WAC’S ONLY NO-HITTER IN 2014
Josi Summers threw her first career no-hitter as Utah Valley topped Albany by a score of 3-0 on March 13. The senior threw all seven innings, striking out eight Great Danes and allowing no hits for her first no-hitter in a Wolverine uniform and the only no-no thrown in the WAC this season.

NM STATE SETS SCHOOL RECORD FOR HOME RUNS IN A GAME
In its 14-5 five-inning win over Seton Hall on Feb. 28, New Mexico State hit a school record seven home runs. Fiana Finau and Staci Rodriguez hit a pair of home runs apiece, while Lacey Rother, Kelsey Dodd and Tatum Reedy added one homer each. It was the fourth time this season the Aggies had 10 or more RBI in a game.

GCU’S WARTMAN POSTS 15-GAME HITTING STREAK
Grand Canyon freshman infielder Camree Wartman posted a WAC-best 15-game hitting streak from Feb. 7-23. Included in the streak were hits in two games against No. 24 Arizona and one against No. 4 Alabama, as well as six multi-hit games.

RODOLPH PICKS UP 300TH WIN AT NEW MEXICO STATE
New Mexico State head coach Kathy Rodolph picked up her 300th victory at NM State with an 11-2 win over Incarnate Word on Feb. 22. She is 322-304 (.514) in 11 seasons with the Aggies.

GRAND CANYON’S PIERSON EARNS 300TH CAREER WIN
Grand Canyon head coach Ann Pierson tallied her 300th career victory on Feb. 22 with a 9-4 win over Southern Utah. In her 11th season of coaching, Pierson has a 320-261-2 (.551) record, all with the Antelopes.

POWERS PICKS UP 250TH CAREER WIN
Seattle U head coach Dan Powers picked up his 250th career victory on Feb. 16 in a 4-2 win over Akron. In his 11th season at the helm, Powers has a 265-275-1 (.491) career record.

NEW MEXICO STATE PICKED TO WIN 2014 WAC TITLE
In a preseason vote of the six WAC coaches, New Mexico State was selected as the preseason favorite to win the title. The Aggies took the top spot with 25 points and five first-place votes, followed by Seattle U in second place with 19 points and the other first-place vote. Utah Valley was third with 14 points, just ahead of Bakersfield in fourth place with 13 points. Kansas City and Grand Canyon rounded out the poll with 10 and nine points, respectively.
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Grand Canyon
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New Mexico State
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Seattle U
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UMKC
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Utah Valley
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