This Week in WAC Softball - March 24
Fresno State’s Haley Perkins and Hawai‘i’s Stephanie Ricketts have been named the Western Athletic Conference Hitter and Pitcher of the Week, respectively, for March 16-23. This is the second career honor for Perkins and the first for Ricketts.
Perkins, a senior second baseman from Fresno, Calif., led the WAC with a .667 batting average last week as Fresno State opened WAC play with a series sweep of San Jose State. In game one of the series, Perkins was a perfect 3-for-3 with three runs, one RBI and a walk. She also had three hits in the final two games and one of the Bulldogs’ three RBI in the two shutout wins. Perkins had a hit in each of the three games on the week to extend her hitting streak to seven games, was perfect on defense and didn’t strike out once on the week. For the week, she led Fresno State in runs (3), hits (6), RBI (2), total bases (6), slugging percentage (.667) and on-base percentage (.700).
Ricketts, a freshman from San Jose, Calif., went 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA and threw the first no-hitter in the WAC this season as the Rainbow Wahine went 2-1 on the road at Louisiana Tech. She fired her first career no-hitter in the first game vs. the Techsters, retiring the first 12 batters before a walk became the only blemish in the scorebook. She then proceeded to retire the next nine straight for the no-hitter. In her second start of the series, Ricketts took a no-hitter through 6.2 innings before giving up a single. In the series, Ricketts threw 17.0 innings, did not surrender an earned run and gave up just three hits.
Other Hitter of the Week nominees included: Laeha Hill of Boise State hit .389 with five RBI as the Broncos swept their first WAC series at Utah State ... Hawai‘i’s Dara Pagaduan hit a team-high .286 with three runs scored on the week ... Brittany Puzey of Nevada hit .500 with two homers and four RBI on the week ... Utah State’s Simone Hubbard hit .625 with two RBI last week.
Other Pitcher of the Week nominees included: Boise State’s Allie Crump went 3-1 with 19 strikeouts on the week ... Morgan Melloh of Fresno State went 2-0 and registered a save as the Bulldogs swept San Jose State ... Nevada’s Katie Holverson went 3-0 with 15 strikeouts and a 0.88 ERA on the week.
BOISE STATE SWEEPS FIRST-EVER WAC SERIES
Boise State played its first-ever WAC games last weekend, sweeping the series on the road at Utah State, winning 2-0, 12-6 and 7-3. The Broncos are 12-4 in the month of March and 17-10 in their first season of competition.
RICKETTS THROWS FIRST NO-HITTER OF THE SEASON
Hawai‘i freshman hurler Stephanie Ricketts threw the first no-hitter in the WAC this season in the first game of the series vs. Louisiana Tech last Saturday. She retired the first 12 batters issuing a walk, the only thing that kept her from a perfect game. She then proceeded to retire the next nine batters for the no-hitter.
Boise State Broncos (17-10, 3-0 WAC)
The Broncos went 4-1 last week, splitting a doubleheader at Utah (0-1, 7-5) before sweeping their first-ever WAC series at Utah State, 2-0, 12-6 and 7-3 ... Laeha Hull had a game-tying single in the third game vs. the Aggies. It was the second time this season she recorded four hits in a game ... Allie Crump went 19 consecutive innings without allowing an earned run until giving up a pair of in the third inning of the second game vs. Utah State ... Crump earned all three wins in the Broncos’ WAC debut and surrendered only one unearned run in the Broncos’ only loss when the team was no-hit by Utah ... The Broncos split a doubleheader at Utah Valley on Monday, 14-9 and 9-11 ... The Broncos play a single game at Brigham Young on Tuesday before hosting Louisiana Tech for a three-game series this weekend.
Fresno State Bulldogs (17-12, 3-0 WAC)
The Bulldogs swept their first WAC series of the season last weekend, defeating San Jose State 7-1, 2-0 and 1-0 ... Fresno State tied its season-high winning streak of three games and now has won six-straight games at Bulldog Diamond ... The ‘Dogs have now shutout SJSU in four of the last six games played between the two and have won 12-straight games vs. the Spartans dating back to 2006 ... Haley Perkins led the team with a .667 batting average including a perfect 3-for-3 in game one vs. SJSU ... Morgan Melloh pitched two complete games with one shutout and a one-hitter. She also picked up her first save of the season in the series finale ... The Bulldogs host UC Davis for a doubleheader on Tuesday before heading to Las Cruces for a three-game series at New Mexico State this weekend.
Hawai‘i Rainbow Wahine (14-17, 2-1 WAC)
The Rainbow Wahine went 2-1 at Louisiana Tech last weekend, winning the first game 3-0, dropping the second 1-8 and winning the finale 4-0 ... In the first game, Stephanie Ricketts fired the first no-hitter in the WAC this season. In her second start of the series, she took a no-hitter through the first 6-2/3 innings before giving up a single. In 17.0 innings, she did not surrender an earned run and gave up just three hits ... Dara Pagaduan hit a team-high .286 in the series, leading the team with three runs scored and a .571 slugging percentage. In the deciding game of the series, she went 2-for-3 with two doubles and two runs scored ... The Rainbow Wahine defeated Grambling State 4-0 on Monday for their second-straight shutout ... Hawai‘i hosts Nevada for a three-game series this weekend.
Louisiana Tech Techsters (16-14, 1-2 WAC)
The Lady Techsters went 2-3 last week, splitting a doubleheader with Texas A&M Corpus Christi (1-5, 9-8), before going 1-2 in their WAC series opener vs. Hawai‘i (0-3, 8-1, 0-4) ... Amberly Waits had three doubles, a home run and six RBI over the five games ... Meghan Krieg had 23 strikeouts in 13.0 innings of work ... The Techsters swept a doubleheader vs. Alcorn State on Monday, winning 3-0 and 10-2 (6) ... Waits and Jessica Kirby both homered in the first game ... In the second game, Louisiana Tech banged out 11 hits and capitalized on five Lady Braves errors en route to the run-rule win ... Tech plays at Stephen F. Austin for a single game on Wednesday before traveling to Boise for a three-game series at Boise State this weekend.
Nevada Wolf Pack (22-9, 2-0 WAC)
The Wolf Pack defeated Colorado State 2-1 last Wednesday before taking two games from New Mexico State over the weekend, 4-3 and 3-2 ... The third game was canceled due to field conditions ... Nevada has now won 10 straight games and 24 in a row at home ... Brittany Puzey hit .500 for the week with a pair of home runs, including a three-run home run in the first game against New Mexico State that gave Nevada the lead and proved to be the difference in the 4-3 victory. Puzey had a 1.250 slugging percentage and a .556 on-base percentage on the week ... Katie Holverson posted a 3-0 record and a 0.88 ERA on the week. She struck out 15 batters while allowing just two earned runs ... The Wolf Pack play a three-game series at Hawai‘i this weekend.
New Mexico State Aggies (19-12, 0-2 WAC)
The Aggies went 0-4 last week, dropping a doubleheader to No. 12 Arizona (5-8, 5-10) and losing a pair of games at Nevada, 3-4 and 2-3 ... Hoku Nohara hit .600 on the week with a double, two homers, four RBI and a stolen base ... Kristi Randall, Tiare Jennings and Angie Ortega also hit home runs last week ... Kim Watson had 13 strikeouts, but surrendered six home runs over the four games ... The Aggies lead the WAC this season with a .344 batting average and a .550 slugging percentage ... NM State also has a WAC-best 40 long balls and 188 RBI this season ... Four players - Jennings, Nohara, Kylie Randall and Kandis Jones - rank in the Top 10 in the WAC in batting average ... The Aggies host instate rival New Mexico on Tuesday and host Fresno State for a three-game series this weekend.
San Jose State Spartans (11-21, 0-3 WAC)
The Spartans went 2-4 last week, defeating Canisius (5-4) last Monday and splitting a doubleheader with Princeton on Tuesday (0-4, 8-5) before dropping all three games at Fresno State last weekend, 1-2, 0-2 and 0-1 ... Freshman pitcher Amanda Pridmore picked up both wins, her fifth and sixth of the season ... San Jose State had 10 hits in the wins over Canisius and Princeton ... The Spartans had nine stolen bases on the week and are tied for second in the WAC with 31 this season ... In Friday’s game at Fresno State, junior center fielder Sarah Taylor hit her third triple of the season and the 10th of her career. It tied her with Jackie Tawney (1991-94) and Roz Rios (1989-91) for 10th on the Spartans’ career triples list ... The Spartans host Dartmouth on Wednesday and Utah State for a three-game series this weekend.
Utah State Aggies (6-19, 0-3 WAC)
The Aggies dropped all three games to Boise State in their WAC series opener last weekend, 0-2, 6-12 and 3-7 ... Simone Hubbard hit .625 (5-for-8) on the week with one double and two RBI ... Rayna Bradshaw drove in three runs last week to lead the team ... As a team, the Aggies had just three extra-base hits last week ... Utah State boasts a WAC-leading 33 sacrifice bunts this season ... Hubbard is tied for first in the WAC with two runners picked off ... Lindsey Benson ranks second in the conference with 5.64 innings pitched per game and third with 36.34 batters faced per game ... The Aggies play a single game at Utah on Wednesday before traveling to San Jose for a three-game series at San Jose State this weekend.