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DENVER – Grand Canyon's Shea Smith and Ryan Denhart have been named the Western Athletic Conference Hitter and Pitcher of the Week, respectively, for March 11-17. This is the second honor of the season and fifth of her career for Smith and the first-ever honor for Denhart.
Smith, a senior infielder from Waddell, Ariz., hit .450, with a .700 slugging percentage and a .500 on-base percentage last week. She tallied eight runs, two doubles, a home run, four RBIs and a stolen base over six games. Smith was a spark in the Lopes offense in an extra-innings win over Ohio State and posted three multi-hit games as Grand Canyon went 6-0 on the week.
Denhart, a sophomore right-hander from Los Alamitos, Calif., went 3-0 with a 0.57 ERA last week. She allowed just one earned run and six hits in 12.1 innings pitched and held the opposition to a .140 batting average. She opened the week with a complete-game two-hitter against Lehigh, then picked up a win in relief over Ohio State, giving up one run on two hits over 3.1 innings. She closed out the week by picking up the win over Weber State when she threw four scoreless innings, giving up just two hits.
Other Hitter of the Week nominees included: Mackenzie Budinger of California Baptist hit .348 with one double, two home runs, seven RBIs and three multi-hit games ... Kansas City's Madason Shaw hit .438 with two doubles, two homers, four RBIs, one stolen base and a hit in all five games ... Ally Choate of Seattle U hit .526 with one double, two RBIs, two stolen bases and four multi-hit games on the week.
Other Pitcher of the Week nominees included: Kellye Springstead of California Baptist went 4-2 with a 2.17 ERA and 19 strikeouts over 29.0 innings pitched last week ... Kansas City's Mia Hoveland was 2-1 with a 2.28 ERA and 13 strikeouts over 15.1 innings ... Andie Larkins of Seattle U went 3-0 with a 0.74 ERA and 11 strikeouts in 19.0 innings of work.