Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Top Ten this Week in WAC Action

Check out the latest and greatest in WAC action with this weeks Top Ten picks.

10. In softball action Nevada’s Danielle Patrick was name WAC Player of the week as she hit .700 (7-for-10) on the week as Nevada swept Santa Clara and extended its WAC-best home winning streak to 21 straight games. In three games against the Broncos, Patrick had four runs, five RBI and two doubles. She recorded a .900 slugging percentage and a .700 on-base percentage.

9. Nevada right handed pitcher Derek Achelpohl received WAC Pitcher of the week honors as he pitched two shutout innings and did not give up a hit in his start at UC Davis. He registered three strikeouts after facing seven batters in his two innings of work. Achelpohl threw 7.0
innings and picked up the 2-1 win against Oregon, compiling seven strikeouts while only allowing the single run. Overall on the week, Achelpohl pitched 9.0 innings with 10 strikeouts and a 1.00 ERA.

8. In more softball action Nevada’s Mallary Darby was named the WAC Pitcher of the week for her performance this past weekend. Darby picked up a pair of victories over Santa Clara over the weekend with a 0.78 earned-run average and 11 strikeouts in 9.0 innings of work. In the first victory, she notched her third complete-game shutout of the season by yielding just three hits while striking out six. On Sunday, Darby improved to 9-3 on the season by striking out five and giving up just two hits and one earned run. She now has 110 strikeouts in 91 innings of work.

7. New Mexico State shortstop Bryan Marquez earned player of the week honors for his performance this past weekend. Marquez hit .600 in helping the Aggies to a 4-1 record last week. Marquez had a season-high three hits and tied a career high with five RBI as he hit a solo home run and the game-tying grand slam to lead NMSU to a 10-inning, 11-10 victory over Northern Colorado. Marquez had two grand slams on the weekend, and finished the week going 9-for-15 at the plate with nine hits, 13 RBI, four home runs and six walks.

6. Louisiana Tech (20-12) earned the automatic bid out of the WAC by virtue of its share of the WAC regular-season championship. The Louisiana Tech women's basketball team will host SMU in the first round of the WNIT Thursday at the Thomas Assembly Center.

5. In other post season action Nevada and Boise State received initiations to participate in the CBI while Idaho is participating in the inaugural year of the CIT.

4. In WAC Gymnastics, Southern Utah’s Elise Wheeler broke the school record in the all-around with a 39.525 as she finished first in the event at Boise State. It was the third time this year that the junior has recorded one of the top five all-time marks in SUU history.

3. In women’s basketball news, Nevada guard Dellena Criner and Louisiana Tech forward Shanavia Dowdell are two of 52 players named as regional finalists for the 2009 State Farm Coaches' All-America Team.

2. The Utah State Men’s Basketball and the Fresno State Women’s Basketball programs received automatic berths to the NCAA tournament after capturing the WAC Tournament title this past Saturday in Reno, NV.

1. Boise State senior Eleni Kafourou made history, Friday, by winning the women’s long jump at the 2009 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships in College Station, Texas. Kafourou is the first women’s NCAA National Champion, in any sport, in Boise State history.

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