SEATTLE U'S THOMPSON, CBU'S SPRINGSTEAD NAMED WAC ATHLETES OF THE WEEK
Seattle U's Bailey Thompson and California Baptist's Kellye Springstead have been named the Western Athletic Conference Hitter and Pitcher of the Week, respectively, for April 8-14. This is the second honor of the season and of her career for Thompson and the second honor of the season and of her career for Springstead.
Thompson, a sophomore catcher from Tucson, Ariz., hit .857 (6-of-7) with a 1.143 slugging percentage and a .900 on base percentage with a pair of doubles and four RBIs as the Redhawks went 3-0 on the road at Utah Valley last week. She also added two runs scored, two walks and a hit by pitch. Thompson opened the week with a 3-for-3 performance with a double and a pair of RBIs. In the first game on Saturday, she was 2-for-2 with a double, two walks and two RBIs.
Springstead, a senior right-hander from Honolulu, Hawai'i, appeared in four of the Lancers' five games last week, making four starts with three complete games. She posted a 1.17 ERA and held opponents to a WAC-best .189 batting average. Springstead struck out a WAC-high 22 batters over 24.0 innings while allowing just four walks. In a 3-2 loss to UC Riverside to open the week, she allowed three unearned runs on five hits while striking out eight. In a 5-2 win against NM State on Friday, Springstead gave up just five hits, a walk and two runs while striking out seven. She then threw a shutout in a 2-0 win on Saturday with seven strikeouts and just three hits allowed.
Other Hitter of the Week nominees included: Cheyann Tucker of California Baptist hit .455 with a double, two home runs and four RBIs ... Grand Canyon's Savannah Tourville hit .333 with a home run against No. 9 Arizona last week ... Bre Hunter of Kansas City hit .636 with two RBIs as the Roos went 2-2 on the week ... NM State's Nikki Butler hit .615 with a home run and five RBIs as the Aggies went 2-2 on the week.
Other Pitcher of the Week nominees included: CSU Bakersfield's Avery Fitch went 1-1 with a 0.84 ERA and six strikeouts over 8.1 innings ... Ryan Denhart of Grand Canyon went 0-1 with a 2.17 ERA and four strikeouts over 9.2 innings ... Kansas City's DJ Cannon went 1-1 with a 2.80 ERA and seven strikeouts over 10.0 innings on the week ... Analise De La Roca of NM State went 1-0 with a 1.83 over 7.2 innings last week ... Seattle U's Andie Larkins went 1-0 with a 1.00 ERA and four strikeouts in one appearance last week.
NM STATE'S HORTON TIES ALL-TIME WAC HOME RUN RECORD
With her 64th career home run in the final game at California Baptist on April 13, NM State's Kelsey Horton tied both the WAC and the NM State career record. Horton is tied with Aggie great Hoku Nohara (2008-11).
SEATTLE U IMPROVES UPON RECORD-SETTING SEASON
Seattle U swept a three-game series at Utah Valley last weekend, claiming its first-ever series sweep of the Wolverines, and moving its season win total to 28. The Redhawks not only lead the WAC in wins, but continue to post their best start to a season in Division I program history.
UMKC REACHES 25 WINS FOR SIXTH TIME
Kansas City went 2-1 at CSU Bakersfield last weekend to improve to 25-18 on the season. The 25 wins for the Roos are the sixth time in school history they have reached the 25-win mark and is the most wins since the team won 27 in 2012.
SEATTLE U'S CATHCART BECOMES PROGRAM DOUBLES LEADER
On April 12, Seattle U junior Madison Cathcart hit a double in the first inning, marking her 41st career two-bagger. In doing so, Cathcart passed Isabella Geronimo for most doubles in Seattle U history. She needs four more to enter the WAC Top 10.
UMKC'S ROLLOW MOVES INTO EIGHTH PLACE IN CAREER HOMERS
Kansas City senior outfielder Maegan Rollow hit a homer against CSU Bakersfield to move into a tie for eighth place in the UMKC career record books with 11 career home runs.
SEATTLE U'S HIRAI RECORDS 100TH CAREER VICTORY
Seattle U Head Coach Geoff Hirai won his 100th career game in Saturday's 4-1 win in the series finale over Utah Valley. In his fourth season at the helm, Hirai boasts a 100-102 (.495) overall record. He is 27-27 (.500) in WAC play.
THREE PLAYERS RANK IN WAC CAREER TOP 10
NM State senior Kelsey Horton currently ranks tied for first all-time in the WAC record books for career home runs (64), second in slugging percentage (.760), third in total bases (478), tied for fourth in RBIs (192) and 10th in batting average (.382). Seattle U junior Madison Cathcart ranks ninth in slugging percentage (.692), while Grand Canyon senior Sierra Smith is tied for ninth in triples (13).