Wednesday, April 1, 2009

WAC Softball Update

So far the WAC Softball teams are off to a great start this season. I thought I would highlight some of their accomplishments thus far…

Both Fresno State and Nevada are ranked, No. 23 and No. 25 respectively in the Softball Poll.

Fresno State’s Haley Perkins and Morgan Melloh, and Nevada’s Noelle Micka (photo on the righ)were named to the Amateur Softball Association of America (ASA) Watch List for the eighth Annual USA Softball National Collegiate Player of the Year Award. The 2009 Preseason Watch List is comprised of 50 players representing 32 schools and 13 different NCAA Division I Conferences.

Fresno State’s Morgan Melloh was named a first team Easton All-American. Melloh was one of just 14 student-athletes from across the country to be named to the first team and the only representative from the WAC.

Nevada catcher Noelle Micka (photo below) and Fresno State pitcher Morgan Melloh earned second team All-America honors by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association.

Fresno State’s Morgan Melloh (photo on the left) became just the third freshman in school history to be named the WAC Freshman and Pitcher of the Year in the same season.

New Mexico State has earned three WAC Hitters of the Week accolades while Boise State, Fresno State, Hawai`i, Louisiana Tech and Nevada have each received the honor once.

Nevada has received the WAC Pitcher of the Week honors four times this season while Louisiana Tech has notched two weekly accolades and Fresno State and Hawai`i have each received the honor once.
WAC teams combined to hit 32 home runs last week(March 23), including seven each by Fresno State and Louisiana Tech. Hawai‘i’s Amanda Tauali‘i hit three homers in one game, tying the WAC single-game record

In their inaugural year Boise State swept its first WAC series on the road at Utah State, winning 2-0, 12-6 and 7-3.

Brittany Puzey’s (photo on the right) seventh-inning home run against Oregon State on Feb. 28 at the DeMarini Invitational moved her into first place on Nevada’s all-time home run list.

San Jose State senior Brittany McConnell set the SJSU career mark for RBI (119) and tied the career home run mark of 27 on a three-run homer in the Spartans’ 7-4 loss to Cal State Northridge at the UTEP Invitational Feb. 20.

Current WAC Standings:
Fresno State Bulldogs (22-13, 5-1 WAC)
Nevada Wolf Pack (24-10, 4-1 WAC)
Boise State Broncos (17-13, 3-2 WAC)
Louisiana Tech Techsters (18-14, 3-2 WAC)
Hawai‘i Rainbow Wahine (15-19, 3-3 WAC)
San Jose State Spartans (15-23, 2-4 WAC)
New Mexico State Aggies (21-14, 1-4 WAC)
Utah State Aggies (8-22, 1-5 WAC)

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