NM STATE'S FELDER, GRAND CANYON'S AGUILAR NAMED WAC ATHLETES OF THE WEEK
NM State's Mya Felder and Grand Canyon's Brianna Aguilar have been named the Western Athletic Conference Hitter and Pitcher of the Week, respectively, for April 29-May 5. This is the third honor of the season and of her career for Felder and the first honor of the season and fifth of her career for Aguilar.
Felder, a freshman third baseman from Fresno, Calif., hit .706 with a 1.235 slugging percentage and a .700 on-base percentage as the Aggies went 4-1 last week, including a win over No. 17 Texas Tech. She had multiple hits in four of the last five games and had a hit in all five contests. Felder was 12-of-17 with three doubles, two home runs and 11 RBIs. In the win over the Red Raiders, she was 3-for-4 with a solo homer. In the series opener at CSU Bakersfield, Felder recorded six of her 11 RBIs for the week as she was 4-for-4 with two doubles and a home run.
Aguilar, a junior right-hander from Tucson, Ariz., went 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA in two appearances last week. She threw the first no-hitter of her career in an 11-0 shutout of Kansas City in the series finale. Only a hit batter kept Aguilar from a perfect game as the WAC leader in ERA for conference play (0.70) did not issue a walk. Ten of her 15 outs came on ground balls and only two UMKC batters hit the ball out of the infield. Aguilar also earned the win in relief in the series opener after coming in for 2.0
innings. She finished the week with five strikeouts and no walks over 7.0 innings while allowing just one hit and no runs. Aguilar also held opponents to a .045 batting average.
Other Hitter of the Week nominees included: California Baptist's Brittany Galvez hit .375 with a double, a home run and one RBI on the week ... Shea Smith of Grand Canyon hit .600 with one RBI and two stolen bases as the Lopes went 2-1 on the week ... Kansas City's Maegan Rollow hit .400 with a home run, two RBIs and two stolen bases on the week ... Kaylee Ree of Seattle U hit .500 with a triple, a home run and four RBIs as the Redhawks went 3-0 on the week.
Other Pitcher of the Week nominees included: California Baptist's Kellye Springstead went 0-2 with five strikeouts 12.0 innings ... Kailyn Packard of Kansas City went 1-1 with a 0.00 ERA and seven strikeouts over 11.0 innings on the week ... NM State's Samaria Diaz went 2-0 with a save, a 1.26 ERA and 19 strikeouts over 16.2 innings ... Shianne Smith of Seattle went 1-0 with 0.00 ERA and seven strikeouts over 6.2 innings.
SEATTLE U WINS FIRST WAC REGULAR-SEASON TITLE, BREAKS RECORD FOR WINS
Seattle U swept California Baptist last weekend to clinch its first-ever WAC regular-season title. The Redhawks earned the series win in all six WAC series and became the first team since NM State in 2016 to claim three series sweeps in a season of WAC play. Seattle U has won a Division I program record 36 games this season. The overall program record is 38 wins in 2008.
GRAND CANYON TO HOST 2019 WAC TOURNAMENT
Grand Canyon will host the 2019 WAC Softball Tournament this Wednesday-Saturday. It is the first time the Lopes have hosted the event. All six eligible teams will participate in the double-elimination tournament.
NM STATE PICKS UP FIRST WIN OVER RANKED OPPONENT THIS SEASON
NM State's victory over No. 17 Texas Tech on April 30 was the Aggies' third win over a Power 5 opponent this season (North Carolina, California). The win was also the Aggies' first victory over a ranked opponent this season. Their last such win was over No. 17 Kentucky to open the 2018 campaign.
GRAND CANYON REACHES 30 WINS FOR FOURTH STRAIGHT YEAR
Grand Canyon won two of three games at Kansas City last weekend to secure a 30-win season for the fourth consecutive year. It marked GCU head coach Ann Pierson's eighth 30-win season at GCU.
NM STATE'S DIAZ EXTENDS PROGRAM SAVES RECORD
NM State junior hurler Samaria Diaz extended her single-season saves record with her seventh save of the year in the first game of a doubleheader against CSU Bakersfield on May 4. Diaz now has 11 saves on her career, tied for first place all-time at NM State and tied for second in the WAC record books. Her 215 strikeouts rank third for strikeouts in a single season in the Aggie record books.
GCU'S AGUILAR TOSSES NO-HITTER AGAINST KANSAS CITY
Grand Canyon junior Brianna Aguilar threw the first no-hitter of her career in an 11-0 shutout of Kansas City on May 4. Only a hit batter kept Aguilar from a perfect game as the WAC leader in ERA for conference play (0.70) did not issue a walk. Ten of her 15 outs came on ground balls and only two UMKC batters hit the ball out of the infield.
SEATTLE U'S LARKINS THROWS NO-HITTER
Seattle U senior Andie Larkins threw the fifth no-hitter in program history on April 20, keeping CSU Bakersfield hitless for five innings in an 8-0 win. Larkins was perfect until allowing a walk with two outs in the top of the fifth. It was the second no-hitter in the WAC this season.
NM STATE'S HORTON SETS WAC, PROGRAM RECORDS
NM State senior Kelsey Horton broke the WAC and NM State records for home runs on April 19, posting the 65th long ball of her career to surpass Aggie great Hoku Nohara (2008-11). She now has 67. Earlier this season, Horton became the NM State leader in total bases and now has 501. She also ranks first in batting average (.377), slugging percentage (.755) and runs (202), tied for first in doubles (46), and second in hits (250), and RBIs (203).
SEATTLE U'S SMITH TIES DI RECORD FOR STRIKEOUTS
Shianne Smith tied the Seattle U single-game record with 12 strikeouts in a two-hit shutout on April 20. Smith had set the Division I program record with 11 strikeouts against North Dakota on March 17 and topped her effort against CSU Bakersfield, retiring eight of the first nine batters via strikeout.
CALIFORNIA BAPTIST'S BABER EARNS 300TH CAREER VICTORY
California Baptist head coach Bill Baber collected his 300th victory as the Lancer skipper, as CBU defeated Utah Valley 9-6 in the series opener on April 19. He has been at the helm of the Lancers since the summer of 2011, posting a 302-119 (.717) record.
CSUB'S CURRAN EXTENDS CONSECUTIVE GAMES STARTED STREAK
CSU Bakersfield junior shortstop Cydney Curran has started every single game since her freshman year. The three-year streak is now 133 straight games.
UMKC REACHES 25 WINS FOR SIXTH TIME
Kansas City is currently 26-27 on the season. It is the sixth time in school history the Roos 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. Cathcart now has 44 career doubles, one shy of the WAC Top 10.
UMKC'S ROLLOW MOVES INTO SEVENTH PLACE IN CAREER HOMERS
Kansas City senior outfielder Maegan Rollow hit a homer against Grand Canyon on May 4 to move into a tie for seventh place in the UMKC career record books with 12 career home runs.
SEATTLE U'S HIRAI RECORDS 100TH CAREER VICTORY
Seattle U Head Coach Geoff Hirai won his 100th career game on April 13 in the series finale over Utah Valley. In his fourth season at the helm, Hirai boasts a 108-103 (.512) overall record. He is 35-28 (.556) in WAC play.
HIPA BECOMES CSUB'S ALL-TIME ASSISTS LEADER
CSU Bakersfield senior Chris Hipa is the program's Division I record holder with 359 career assists. The native of Aiea, Hawai'i also has 14 career home runs, which ranks third in CSUB's Division I history.
TWO PLAYERS RANK IN WAC CAREER TOP 10
NM State senior Kelsey Horton holds the WAC record for career home runs (67) and currently ranks second in total bases (501), third in slugging percentage (.755) and RBIs (203), fourth in runs scored (202), tied for eighth in doubles (46) and 10th in batting average (.377). Grand Canyon senior Sierra Smith is tied for ninth in triples (13).