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This Week in WAC Softball - April 28
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Fresno State’s Brooke Phipps and Louisiana Tech’s Meghan Krieg have been named the Western Athletic Conference Hitter and Pitcher of the Week, respectively, for April 20-26. This is the first-ever honor for Phipps and the second of the season for Krieg.

Phipps, a junior centerfielder from Corona, Calif., had a career weekend vs. Boise State as she hit a WAC-best .692 (9-of-13) with two home runs and seven RBI. She didn’t walk or strike out once and was the only Bulldog to steal a base. In game one, Phipps was 2-for-4 with a home run and two runs scored. In game two, she had a career-high five RBI on three hits. In the final game, she went 4-for-5, including a single in the top of the eighth inning to drive in an insurance run as the Bulldogs won the game 11-8 in eight innings. Entering the series, Phipps was hitting just .105 on the season and had just 10 hits and six RBI on the year.

Krieg, a sophomore from Sonora, Texas, recorded a perfect 3-0 mark on the week with a 0.74 earned run average. She opened the week with a 2-0 shutout over Stephen F. Austin, scattering three hits and striking out seven. In a 10-1 five-inning win over San Jose State, Krieg allowed two hits and one run while striking out six. In the series finale, she surrendered just two hits and one run in seven innings of work, sitting down eight. In three complete games and 19.0 innings of action, she allowed just seven hits while striking out 21 batters and holding opponents to a .109 batting average.

Other Hitter of the Week nominees included: Boise State’s Kelly Sweeney hit .529 with six RBI on the week ... Tanisha Milca of Hawai‘i hit .412 with four home runs and a 1.118 slugging percentage on the week ... Louisiana Tech’s Kylie Bassett hit four homers and had a 1.333 slugging percentage on the week ... Sam Bias of Nevada hit .667 with a double, a home run and three RBI the week ... New Mexico State’s Hoku Nohara hit .529 with three RBI on the week.

Other Pitcher of the Week nominees included: Boise State’s Mandy Klein allowed just one extra-base hit on the week ... Mackenzie Oakes of Fresno State went 2-0 on the week ... Hawai‘i’s Stephanie Ricketts went 3-1with 17 strikeouts last week ... Nevada’s Katie Holverson went 2-0 with a 1.00 ERA in two starts last week ... Kim Watson of New Mexico State was 3-2 with 19 strikeouts on the week.

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:

All-TournamentSingle Day
Lower Box Reserved$40 $20
Upper Reserved$35 $18
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:
Online: www.gobulldogs.com
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.

The WAC, in conjunction with its Web site partner JumpTV Sports, will stream the 2009 WAC Softball Tournament live from Fresno, Calif. Viewers can sign up by visiting www.WAC.tv. Every game of the tournament can be viewed for a single subscription price of $14.95, which will include on-demand viewing of any of the games the following day. More information and how to subscribe to any of these video streaming events can be found at www.WAC.tv.

Boise State Broncos (21-25, 4-13 WAC)

The Broncos went 2-3 last week, sweeping a doubleheader at Idaho State, 9-3 and 7-3, before dropping three games against Fresno State, 3-6, 9-10 and 8-11 (eight innings) ... Boise State tallied 13 RBI in the two wins over the Bengals ... Allie Crump earned the win in game one, striking out eight. She and Kristina Capobianco also hit home runs in the game ... Boise State had the tying run at the plate or on the bases in all three games against Fresno State ... The Broncos scored 20 runs in the series against the Bulldogs, their second-highest total this season ... Boise State scored more than 15 runs in a series for the second week in a row ... Kelly Sweeney is riding a career-high six game hitting streak ... The Broncos play a three-game series at Hawai‘i this weekend to close out the regular season.

Fresno State Bulldogs (31-18, 13-5 WAC)
The Bulldogs went 3-0 last week, sweeping the series at Boise State, 6-3, 10-9 and 11-8 (eight innings) ... The extra-innings game was Fresno State’s 11th of the season, as the Bulldogs are 6-5 on the year in those games ... As a team, the Bulldogs hit .393 on the week with seven players above .300 individually ... Brooke Phipps hit a team-high .692 on the weekend, raising her season batting average 71 points to a .176. She had nine hits and seven RBI over the three games ... Mackenzie Oakes picked up two wins in two appearances, entering in relief in both games ... Morgan Melloh had 11 strikeouts on the week to move her career total to 829, good for third place all-time in the WAC record books ... The Bulldogs play a three-game series at Utah State this weekend to close  out the regular season.

Hawai‘i Rainbow Wahine (26-22, 12-6 WAC)
The Rainbow Wahine went 4-1 last week, sweeping a twinbill at Santa Clara last Monday, 12-0 (five innings) and 9-0, before going 2-1 (3-1, 1-3 and 11-3) against New Mexico State over the weekend ... Tanisha Milca hit .412 on the week, smacking home runs in four consecutive games to start the week ... Milca now has 12 homers this season, good for seventh all-time in UH single-season history, and 33 on her career, good for a tie for third ... Stephanie Ricketts went 3-1 with a 2.04 ERA last week. She held opponents to a .196 batting average and notched 17 strikeouts ... Ricketts now has 167 strikeouts this season, good for fifth place all-time in the UH single-season record books ... The Rainbow Wahine close out the regular season by hosting Boise State for a three-game series this weekend.

Louisiana Tech Techsters (29-19, 10-7 WAC)
The Lady Techsters went 4-0 last week, beating Stephen F. Austin 2-0 last Wednesday before sweeping  San Jose State (10-1, 9-7 and 4-1) over the weekend ... Meghan Krieg went 3-0 with a 0.74 ERA on the week. In 19.0 innings and three complete games, she allowed only seven hits while striking out 21 and holding opponents to a .109 batting average ... Kylie Bassett was 4-for-12 on the week with a 1.333 slugging percentage. All four of her hits were home runs, including a game-winning two-run homer vs. Stephen F. Austin ... The Techsters have won five straight games and nine of their last 10 ... Louisiana Tech has 19 home runs and a 1.72 ERA during the past 10 games ... The Techsters host Ole Miss for a single game on Wednesday before traveling to New Mexico State for a three-game series this weekend.

Nevada Wolf Pack (33-14, 13-4 WAC)

The Wolf Pack went 3-0 last week, sweeping Utah State, 3-1, 8-0 and 6-2 ... Sam Bias hit .667 with a double, a home run and three RBI on the week. She had a 1.111 slugging percentage and .700 on-base percentage ... Katie Holverson went 2-0 with a 1.00 ERA on the week. In 14.0 innings, she yielded just six hits and two earned runs and opponents hit just .119 off of her ... As a team, the Wolf Pack hit .367 and posted a 0.74 ERA on the week ... Nevada had 17 RBI to Utah State’s two ... Brittany Puzey now has 53 doubles and 164 RBI on her career, good for fourth and seventh, respectively, in the WAC record books ... Nevada was 17-1 at home this season ... In conference play, Holverson is 10-1 with a 1.11 ERA ... The Wolf Pack play a three-game series at San Jose State this weekend to close out the season.

New Mexico State Aggies (30-17, 10-7 WAC)

The Aggies went 3-3 last week, going 2-1 (5-4, 10-0, 1-4) at Utah State last Monday and Tuesday before going 1-2 (1-3, 3-1 and 3-11) at Hawai‘i over the weekend ... Hoku Nohara hit .529 on the week, going 9-for-17 with a hit in every game ... Kim Watson tallied three wins and posted a 2.55 ERA. She fanned 19 in 24.2 innings of work ... Nine of the 12 Aggies who had at-bats last week posted at least one hit, while Nohara had a hit in every game and Kandis Jones and Ashley Maroda had hits in five of the six games ... As a team, NM State set the school single-season home run record with 63 and counting ... Freshman Tiare Jennings has set four single-season records ... The Aggies host New Mexico on Tuesday before host Louisiana Tech for a three-game series this weekend to close out the regular season.

San Jose State Spartans (18-33, 5-13 WAC)

The Spartans went 0-4 last week, falling 0-3 at No. 5 Stanford last Wednesday before going 0-3 (1-10, 7-9 and 1-4) at Louisiana Tech over the weekend ... Entering the sixth inning at Stanford, the score was tied 0-0. A two-out rally in the Cardinal sixth, combined with a no-hitter by Ashley Chin, allowed Stanford to escape with the win ... In game one, SJSU turned a single-game record three double plays ... Mallory Bair went 4-for-4 in the second game of the series. It was the second time in a week she was perfect at the plate ... In the series finale, Amanda Pridmore equaled her season high for strikeouts with seven ... Sarah Taylor and Kelli Fangonilo rank in the top 15 in the nation in triples, while Pridmore is 25th in saves ... The Spartans close out the regular season by hosting Nevada for a three-game series this weekend.

Utah State Aggies (10-35, 3-15 WAC)

The Aggies went 1-5 last week, going 1-2 (4-5, 0-10, 4-1) vs. NM State last Monday and Tuesday, before going 0-3 (1-3, 0-8 and 2-6) at Nevada over the weekend ... The Aggies were 5-of-7 on stolen bases on the week ... Jasmine Harris was the lone Aggie to hit above .300 on the week. She had a .313 batting average and knocked her seventh homer of the season in the series finale at Nevada, breaking a 12-game home run drought for the Aggies. Harris has seven of the Aggies’ 14 home runs this season ... Lindsey Benson struck out 18 in 16.1 innings of work last week ... Benson now has 400 career strikeouts and stands alone in third place on the USU career list ... The Aggies host Fresno State for a three-game series this weekend to close out the regular season.
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