This Week in WAC Softball - March 31
Louisiana Tech’s Jessica Kirby and Krissi Oliver have been named the Western Athletic Conference Hitter and Pitcher of the Week, respectively, for March 23-29. This is the first honor of the season for both, the fourth career honor for Oliver and second career honor for Kirby.
Kirby, a junior catcher from Spring, Texas, led the WAC with a .700 batting average as Louisiana Tech went 4-0 on the week. She had one double, three home runs, four RBI and four runs scored while posting a 1.700 slugging percentage and a .769 on-base percentage. She recorded three multiple-hit games during the week, including one three-hit performance and two two-hit performances. Her best game of the week was a two-homer, three-RBI performance to lead Tech to a 7-2 win over Boise State in WAC action.
Oliver, a senior from Glendale, Ariz., went 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA in a pair of complete-game shutouts last week. She pitched 14.0 scoreless innings, allowing only 11 hits and one walk while striking out nine batters. In a 3-0 win over Alcorn State, Oliver pitched 7.0 innings, allowing six hits and one walk while striking out six batters. She then pitched a 3-0 win over Boise State, allowing five hits and no walks while striking out three batters. For the week, opponents hit only .196 against her.
Other Hitter of the Week nominees included: Laurel Wyatt of Boise State hit .375 with a hit in each game ... Fresno State’s Caitlin Stiglich hit a team-high .400 with two home runs in one game ... Amanda Tauali’i of Hawai‘i hit .583 on the week and set a new school record with three homers in one game ... Nevada’s Brittany Puzey hit .556 with five RBI last week ... Angie Ortega of New Mexico State hit .365 with three long balls on the week ... San Jose State’s Sarah Taylor hit .385 with three RBI as the Spartans picked up a pair of WAC wins.
Other Pitcher of the Week nominees included: Fresno State’s Mackenzie Oakes went 1-0 in a pair of appearances last week ... Stephanie Ricketts of Hawai‘i went 2-1 in three complete games with 21 strikeouts ... Nevada’s Katie Holverson went 1-0 in two starts with 14 strikeouts ... Kim Watson of New Mexico State went 2-1, including a 3-0 shutout of Fresno State, with 26 strikeouts last week ... San Jose State’s Deanna Mauer went 2-0 in a pair of starts, picking up the Spartans’ first two WAC wins of the season ... Kate Greenough of Utah State went 1-0 in one appearance, throwing a complete-game four hitter while striking out five.
HOME RUN DERBY
WAC teams combined to hit 32 home runs last week, including seven each by Fresno State and Louisiana Tech. Hawai‘i’s Amanda Tauali‘i hit three homers in one game, tying the WAC single-game record. Meanwhile, Caitlin Stiglich and Lisamarie Coronado of Fresno State and Louisiana Tech’s Jessica Kirby all hit two long balls each in a single game last week.
Boise State Broncos (17-13, 3-2 WAC)
The Broncos split a doubleheader with Utah Valley last Monday (14-9, 9-11) before falling 7-3 at Brigham Young last Tuesday ... Over the weekend, Boise State dropped a doubleheader at home to Louisiana Tech, 0-3, 2-7 ... The third game of the series was cancelled due to field conditions ... Laurel Wyatt is currently riding a season-high five-game hitting streak ... Wyatt’s home run against Utah Valley was the third of the inning for the Broncos and the second of back-to-back shots by Jessi Hanna and Wyatt ... The Broncos were down 9-5 in the top of the seventh inning when the team exploded for nine runs to win the game ... Mandy Klein earned the win for Boise State ... Allie Crump led the team with 13 strikeouts last week ... The Broncos travel to San Jose for a three-game series vs. the Spartans this weekend.
Fresno State Bulldogs (21-13, 5-1 WAC)
The Bulldogs swept a doubleheader vs. UC Davis last Tuesday, 3-0, 2-1 (8) ... Fresno State then took sole possession of first place in the WAC standings over the weekend, taking two of three games at New Mexico State, 0-3, 14-1 and 7-3 (8) ... As a team, the Bulldogs hit seven home runs last week, including two grand slams and three in the eighth inning of the series finale with the Aggies to secure the victory ... Caitlin Stiglich hit a team-high .400 with nine RBI on the week, including a pair of homers in the second game of the doubleheader vs. NMSU ... Mackenzie Oakes picked up her sixth victory of the season in game two vs. NMSU, allowing one unearned run to sustain a perfect 0.00 ERA in WAC play ... The Bulldogs play a doubleheader at Pacific on Tuesday before hosting Hawai‘i for a three-game series this weekend.
Hawai‘i Rainbow Wahine (15-19, 3-3 WAC)
The Rainbow Wahine defeated Grambling State 4-0 last Monday before going 1-2 vs. Nevada over the weekend (5-6, 1-3 and 3-2) ... Amanda Tauali’i set a school single-game record when she launched three home runs in UH’s first game against Nevada ... In four games, she led UH with a .583 batting average, seven hits, three home runs, five RBI, a 1.417 slugging percentage and a .615 on-base percentage ... Stephanie Ricketts threw three complete games with a 1.91 ERA while holding opponents to a .202 average. She struck out 21 batters with just three walks ... Ricketts’ string of 30.0 innings without giving up an earned run was snapped in the sixth inning in the first game against Nevada ... The Rainbow Wahine travel to Fresno for a three-game series vs. the Bulldogs this weekend.
Louisiana Tech Techsters (18-14, 3-2 WAC)
The Lady Techsters went undefeated last week, taking a doubleheader vs. Alcorn State last Monday (3-0, 10-2) before winning a twinbill at Boise State on Saturday (3-0, 7-2) ... The third game of the series was cancelled due to field conditions ... As a team, the Techsters hit .336 with seven home runs and seven doubles on the week ... Seven players had multi-hit games, while three had multi-RBI games ... Jessica Kirby hit .700 on the week with one double, three home runs, four RBI and four runs scored ... Kirby recorded a 1.700 slugging percentage and a .769 on-base percentage ... Krissi Oliver recorded a 2-0 mark and a 0.00 ERA on the week with a pair of complete-game shutouts ... Meghan Krieg also went 2-0 with 15 strikeouts ... The Techsters travel to Reno for a three-game series at Nevada this weekend.
Nevada Wolf Pack (24-10, 4-1 WAC)
The Wolf Pack went 2-1 at Hawai‘i last weekend, winning 6-5 and 3-1 before dropping the series finale 2-3 ... Nevada was out-hit .261 to .214 as a team, but stranded 14 runners to Hawai‘i’s 23 ... Brittany Puzey hit .556 with four runs, five RBI and two home runs on the week ... Puzey’s first home run of the week came in the bottom of the seventh with Nevada trailing 4-2. With a full count, she launched a three-run shot that put Nevada up 5-4 ... Puzey extended her career-best hitting streak to 13 games ... Katie Holverson struck out 14 and walked just one as she went 1-0 and Nevada won both of her starts ... Mallory Darby earned the other win, her 10th of the season, striking out four of the six batters she faced ... The Wolf Pack host Louisiana Tech for a three-game series this weekend.
New Mexico State Aggies (21-14, 1-4 WAC)
The Aggies defeated instate rival New Mexico 8-7 last Tuesday before going 1-2 vs. No. 23 Fresno State (3-0, 1-14, 3-7) over the weekend ... Angie Ortega hit .364 with three home runs, three runs scored and a team-high six RBI ... Kim Watson picked up two wins, including a shutout over Fresno State, her fourth of the season and 14th of her career ... Watson notched 26 strikeouts on the week and now has 587 on her career, four away from topping NMSU’s career record of 590 ... The Aggies went 26-for-100 (.260) as a team last week, while four Aggies hit above the .400 mark ... NM State also had five home runs and 13 RBI on the week ... In the circle, the Aggies sat down 28 in 27 innings of action ... The Aggies travel to Logan for a three-game series at Utah State this weekend.
San Jose State Spartans (13-23, 2-4 WAC)
The Spartans fell 7-6 to Dartmouth last Wednesday before going 2-1 vs. Utah State (9-1, 1-4, 3-1) over the weekend ... SJSU tallied three triples on the week ... Sarah Taylor hit .385, including 4-for-8 vs. Utah State ... Kelli Fangonilo drove in a team-best five runs over the four games and hit her WAC-leading 10th double of the season in the first game vs. the Aggies ... Deanna Mauer picked up SJSU’s first two conference wins of the season, going 2-0 with a 0.78 ERA on the week ... Amanda Pridmore led the team with 11 strikeouts on the week ... Taylor ranks in the top two in the WAC in triples (4), steals (13) and attempts (15). She also ranks fourth in plate appearances and seventh in at-bats ... The Spartans host Santa Clara for a doubleheader on Tuesday before hosting Boise State for a three-game series this weekend.
Utah State Aggies (7-21, 1-5 WAC)
The Aggies went 1-2 at San Jose State last weekend, falling 9-1 in the series opener before splitting a doubleheader last Saturday, 1-4 and 3-1 ... Kate Greenough picked up the Aggie win in the circle, pitching a complete game four-hitter ... With the win, the Aggies halted a 13-game WAC losing streak dating back to last season. Utah State’s last conference win also came against the Spartans on April 5, 2008 ... Rayna Bradshaw had a team-high six-game hitting streak stopped in the first game of the San Jose State series. It was the longest streak of the season by an Aggie ... In WAC games, Utah State is second in hitting with a .272 batting average ... The Aggies play their fourth-straight road game on Tuesday at Utah Valley before hosting New Mexico State for a three-game series this weekend.