This Week in WAC Softball - April 22
Louisiana Tech’s Amberly Waits and Fresno State’s Morgan Melloh have been named the Western Athletic Conference Hitter and Pitcher of the Week, respectively, for April 13-19. This is the first honor of the season and third career honor for Waits, and the third honor of the season and eighth career honor for Melloh.
Waits, a junior short stop from Cleburne, Texas, hit .529 on the week while breaking two Louisiana Tech single-season records. In leading the Techsters to a 4-1 mark on the week, Waits registered two doubles and three home runs, scored seven runs and drove home eight. She recorded a .579 on-base percentage and a 1.176 slugging percentage. She had at least one hit in each game and posted three multi-hit games while scoring at least one run and registering at least one RBI in four of the five games. In a 7-4 win over North Texas, Waits recorded her 11th home run of the year, setting a Louisiana Tech single-season record. She added two more homers on the week and now has 13. In a 7-2 win over Utah State on Saturday, Waits hit a two-run home run which gave her 47 RBI on the year, good for another Tech single-season record.
Melloh, a sophomore left-hander from Fishers, Ind., threw two complete-game shutouts vs. Nevada as the Bulldogs took the series from the Wolf Pack, 2-1. In 20 innings, she allowed just two earned runs, struck out 25 and pitched 16 consecutive shutout innings. In the first game of the series, Melloh fanned 14 and recorded her 800th career strikeout, becoming just the third Bulldog pitcher and fourth WAC pitcher ever to amass 800 career strikeouts. She also helped end two streaks Friday, snapping the 12-game winning streak of Nevada pitcher Katie Holverson and the 20-game hitting streak of left fielder Brittany Puzey. On Saturday, Melloh moved to third place all-time in the WAC with 818 career strikeouts. With 364 strikeouts this season, Melloh is on pace to break the WAC and Fresno State single-season marks she set last year. She currently leads the NCAA in strikeouts and is looking to become just the third pitcher in NCAA history to have back-to-back 400 strikeout seasons as a freshman and sophomore. She has 140 strikeouts in WAC games, 37 away from the all-time record with six games remaining.
Other Hitter of the Week nominees included: Boise State’s Kathy Cox set new school records with five RBI and four runs scored in a 12-2 win over College of Idaho ... Haley Gilleland of Fresno State hit .375 with two RBI on the week ... Hawai‘i’s Audrey Andrade hit .600 with two doubles and four RBI on the week ... Brittany Puzey of Nevada hit .375 with an RBI on the week ... New Mexico State’s Tiare Jennings set three single-season records and smacked three homers on the week.
Other Pitcher of the Week nominees included: Hawai‘i’s Stephanie Ricketts went 1-1 on the week ... Meghan Krieg of Louisiana Tech went 3-0 with 18 strikeouts last week ... Nevada’s Katie Holverson went 1-1 with a 0.40 ERA in three appearances last week ... Kim Watson of New Mexico State was 2-0 and broke the NM State career wins record last week.
WRIGHT EARNS 300TH WAC WIN
Fresno State head coach Margie Wright picked up her 300th WAC victory with an extra-innings win over Nevada last Friday, becoming the first WAC coach to ever to reach the milestone. Wright is also the NCAA’s all-time winningest coach with more than 1,300 career victories.
MELLOH RECORDS 800TH STRIKEOUT
Fresno State sophomore hurler Morgan Melloh notched her 800th career strikeout when she sat down Nevada’s Brittany Puzey to lead off the top of the sixth inning last Friday. In doing so, she became just the third Bulldog and fourth WAC pitcher ever to have 800 strikeouts. She is also the first sophomore to do so. The other two Bulldogs are Jamie Southern (1,321) and Amanda Scott (851). Melloh ended with 14 on the night, the most against Nevada all season, and now has 818 on her career, good for third place all-time in the WAC.
NM STATE’S JENNINGS SETS THREE SINGLE-SEASON RECORDS
Tiare Jennings accounted for three NM State single-season records last week. She set new marks for RBI (53), home runs (15) and runs scored (47). The freshman also tied the NM State single-game home run record with two in the series finale.
WATSON IS AGGIES’ ALL-TIME WINS, STRIKEOUTS LEADER
New Mexico State senior right-handed pitcher Kim Watson broke the school career wins record when she registered her 59th career victory last Saturday. Watson also set the school strikeout record on April 10, surpassing Hall of Famer Jo Kord’s 26-year-old record of 590. Watson now has 627 career strikeouts, good for eighth place all-time in the WAC record books.
FRESNO STATE TO HOST 2009 WAC TOURNAMENT
Fresno State will host the WAC Softball Tournament for the fourth time in 2009. The top seven teams will advance to the double-elimination tournament, which will be held at the Bulldog Diamond from May 6-9.Ticket prices for the tournament are as follows:
|Lower Box Reserved||$40||$20|
|General Admission Adult||$20||$10|
|General Admission Other*||$10||$5|
*Senior citizens (65 and older), students (college students with an ID) and youth (5-17 years of age)
Tickets may be purchased through the following outlets:
Over the phone: (559) 278-DOGS (3647)
Walk-Up: Bulldog Ticket Office, Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Walk-Up Day of Game: Bulldog Diamond Ticket Booth starting one hour prior to the first game each day. (Cash only accepted at Bulldog Diamond).
All-Tournament tickets are on sale and will be available for purchase through the first day of the tournament. Single day tickets will go on sale to the general public, online only, beginning Saturday, May 2.They will be available for purchase online, over the phone and via walk-up beginning Monday, May 4.
Boise State Broncos (21-22, 4-10 WAC)
The Broncos went 1-4 last week, splitting a doubleheader with College of Idaho, 3-4 and 12-2, and losing all three games of the series at New Mexico State, 4-8, 9-10 and 4-8 ... Kathy Cox set new team records with five RBI and four runs scored in the win over College of Idaho ... The Broncos swept a doubleheader at Idaho State on Tuesday, 9-3 and 7-3 ... Boise State tallied 13 RBI over the two games ... Allie Crump earned the win in game one, striking out eight. She and Kristina Capobianco also hit home runs in the game ... In game two, Lexi Straton was 2-for-4 with two RBI ... In NCAA statistics through April 19 games, Boise State ranks seventh nationally with 0.51 double plays per game ... The Broncos host Fresno State for a three-game series this weekend.
Fresno State Bulldogs (28-18, 10-5 WAC)
The Bulldogs went 2-1 against first-place Nevada last week, 1-0 (nine innings), 4-0 and 1-5 ... Haley Gilleland went 3-for-3 in game two with a double, two of the Bulldogs’ four RBI and a stolen base ... Morgan Melloh pitched two complete game shutouts, allowing just two earned runs in 20 innings ... Melloh got her 800th career strikeout in the first game of the series, becoming just the third Bulldog and fourth WAC pitcher ever to amass 800 strikeouts in her career. She also moved up to third all-time in strikeouts in the WAC and now has 818 ... Melloh currently leads the NCAA in strikeouts and is looking to become just the third pitcher in NCAA history to have back-to-back 400 strikeout seasons as a freshman and sophomore ... The Bulldogs play a three-game series at Boise State this weekend.
Hawai‘i Rainbow Wahine (24-21, 10-5 WAC)
The Rainbow Wahine went 2-1 at San Jose State last week, dropping the first game 4-5 before taking the second two, 6-5 and 11-4 ... Audrey Andrade hit .600 for the series and went 3-for-4 with a double and her first career grand slam in the series finale ... Stephanie Ricketts, who is 17-8 on the year, has thrown 21 complete games and has thrown 54 of her 194.2 innings in relief ... Hawai‘i swept a twinbill at Santa Clara on Monday, 12-0 (five innings) and 9-0 ... The Rainbow Wahine had 17 hits in the first game and 14 in the second, including four homers ... In the first game, Clare Warwick was 4-for-4 ... In game two, Amanda Tauali‘i was 3-for-4 with a home run and two RBI ... Hawai‘i belted 13 home runs to its opponents’ zero in its last five games ... The Rainbow Wahine host NM State for a three-game series this weekend.
Louisiana Tech Techsters (25-19, 7-7 WAC)
The Lady Techsters went 4-1 last week, sweeping a twinbill at North Texas, 10-2 and 7-4, and going 2-1 at Utah State (8-1, 1-2, 7-2) ... Amberly Waits hit .529 on the week and broke the Louisiana Tech single-season records for home runs (13) and RBI (47) ... Meghan Krieg was 3-0 with a 1.56 earned run average. She allowed only two extra-base hits in the 18 innings ... Waits ranks in the top 20 nationally in slugging percentage (9th, .881), batting average (13th, .452), home runs (15th, 13), RBI per game (16th, 1.12) and home runs per game (16th, 0.31) ... Krieg ranks 20th nationally in strikeouts per seven innings (9.2), while Wanda Malone is 13th with three saves on the season ...The Techsters host Stephen F. Austin for a single game on Wednesday before hosting San Jose State for a three-game series this weekend.
Nevada Wolf Pack (30-14, 10-4 WAC)
The Wolf Pack went 1-2 at Fresno State last week, 0-1 (nine innings), 0-4 and 5-1 ... In the first game of the series, Brittany Puzey’s 20-game hitting streak was snapped, as was Katie Holverson’s stretch of 12 straight wins overall and 17 straight WAC wins (since 2007) ... Puzey batted .375 over the three games, while Holverson went 1-1 with a 0.40 ERA. She gave up just one earned run in 17.2 innings and opponents batted just .169 off of her ... As a team, the Wolf Pack rank in the top 50 nationally in slugging percentage, home runs per game, batting average, scoring, won-loss percentage, triples per game and doubles per game ... Kym Silagyi ranks fifth nationally in triples (6) and eighth in triples per game (0.16) ... The Wolf Pack host Utah State for a three-game series this weekend.
New Mexico State Aggies (29-15, 9-5 WAC)
The Aggies took all three games from Boise State last weekend, 8-4, 10-9 and 8-4 ... Freshman Tiare Jennings broke three single-season records on the week - RBI (53), home runs (15) and runs scored (47) ... Jennings also tied the NM State single-game home run record with two in the series finale ... Kim Watson earned two wins, bumping her career win total to 59 and surpassing Danny Dunn’s 12-year-old record ... The Aggies went 2-1 at Utah State in a make-up series on Monday and Tuesday, winning the first two games 5-4 and 10-0 (five innings) before dropping the finale, 1-4 ... Watson picked up two more wins to improve to 17-9 on the year ... NM State had 15 RBI to Utah State’s four, including four apiece by Kristi Randall and Ashley Maroda ... The Aggies play a WAC series at Hawai‘i this weekend.
San Jose State Spartans (18-29, 5-10 WAC)
The Spartans went 1-2 against Hawai‘i last week, 5-4, 5-6 and 4-11 ... Friday’s comeback victory was sparked by a three-run pinch-hit triple from Natasha Hawkins, the first triple of her career ... The win snapped a six-game losing streak at the hands of the Rainbow Wahine ... In games two and three, Mallory Bair went 7-for-7 with five RBI, two runs scored and three doubles ... As a team, the Spartans rank 15th nationally with 0.34 triples per game, while Sarah Taylor (6) and Kelli Fangonilo (5) rank fifth and ninth, respectively ... Amanda Pridmore ranks 13th in the nation with three saves this season ... Taylor ranks fifth on the Spartans’ career stolen base list with 42 ... The Spartans play a single game at Stanford on Wednesday before traveling to Ruston for a three-game series at Louisiana Tech this weekend.
Utah State Aggies (10-32, 3-12 WAC)
The Aggies went 1-2 vs. Louisiana Tech last week, 1-8, 2-1 and 2-7 ... Kate Greenough earned the complete-game win in the second game ... The Aggies were 7-of-8 on stolen bases in the series, led by Emily Reilly, who was 3-for-3 ... Jasmine Harris led the team with a .444 batting average and two doubles over the three games ... The Aggies went 1-2 vs. NM State on Monday and Tuesday, dropping both games of Monday’s doubleheader 4-5 and 0-10 (five innings) before winning the finale, 4-1 ... Greenough struck out seven in the series finale to get the win ... Simone Hubbard led the team with three RBI on the series ... Gina Rawls was 2-for-2 in stolen bases over the three games ... The Aggies play a three-game series at Nevada this weekend.