CSUB'S HIPA, GRAND CANYON'S MORRISON NAMED WAC ATHLETES OF THE WEEK
CSU Bakersfield's Chris Hipa and Grand Canyon's Yesenia Morrison have been named the Western Athletic Conference Hitter and Pitcher of the Week, respectively, for Feb. 25-March 3. This is the first-ever honor for Hipa and the first honor of the season and third of her career for Morrison.
Hipa, a senior utility player from Aiea, Hawaii, led CSU Bakersfield a 2-0 record at the rain-shortened Red Desert Classic last weekend. She went 6-for-9 (.667) from the plate while hitting a home run in each contest. Hipa also tallied a double, four RBIs and six runs and wrapped up the tournament with a 1.444 slugging percentage and a .667 on-base percentage. Hipa opened the tournament with a 4-for-5 showing against Southern Utah, including a solo homer. Against Saint Mary's, she was 2-for-4 with a double, a home run and three RBIs. Hipa now ranks fourth in CSUB's Division I history with 11 career home runs.
Morrison, a sophomore right-hander from Grand Terrace, Calif., went 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA last week. She threw a pair of
complete game shutouts with 14.0 scoreless innings to improve her season ERA to 1.05. She opened the week with a win over South Dakota, allowing five hits over seven innings and striking out one. On Saturday, she earned a complete-game win over Iowa State, striking out two over seven innings and allowing just four hits. For the week, Morrison dished three strikeouts and allowed no walks and scattered just nine hits to improve to 3-2 this season.
Other Hitter of the Week nominees included: California Baptist's Anise Avalos hit .286 with two RBIs and one stolen base ... Shea Smith of Grand Canyon hit .438 with a double, one home run, two runs scored and four RBIs ... Kansas City's Maegan Rollow hit .600 with two homers, three RBIs and a stolen base ... Ally Choate of Seattle U hit .500 with one home run and three RBIs.
Other Pitcher of the Week nominees included: California Baptist's Kellye Springstead went 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA and four strikeouts over 6.2 innings ... Kiara Azevedo of CSU Bakersfield went 1-0 with a 5.25 ERA and four strikeouts ... Kansas City's Mia Hoveland of went 1-0 with a 2.10 ERA and 10 strikeouts over 10.0 innings ... Carley Nance of Seattle U went 2-0 with a 0.50 ERA and seven strikeouts over 14.0 innings.
SEATTLE U EARNS FIRST-EVER WIN OVER TOP 25 TEAM
On March 2, Seattle U picked up its first-ever win over a nationally-ranked team, beating No. 25 Illinois, 5-2. The Illini were ranked No. 25 in the USA Softball poll and were the first team outside the Top 25 in the National Fastpitch Coach Association (NFCA) poll.
UMKC'S ROLLOW ENTERS PROGRAM RECORD BOOKS FOR CAREER HOMERS
Kansas City senior outfielder Maegan Rollow belted a pair of homers at the Wildcat Classic to move into 10th place in the UMKC career record books with 10 career home runs.
HIPA CLIMBING CSUB CAREER HOME RUN CHARTS
CSU Bakersfield senior Chris Hipa hit a pair of homers in two games at the rain-shortened Red Desert Classic last weekend to move her career total to 11. The native of Aiea, Hawai'i now ranks fourth in CSUB's Division I history.
CSUB'S CURRAN SETS PROGRAM SINGLE-GAME RECORD FOR TRIPLES
On Feb. 22 against Santa Clara, CSU Bakersfield junior Cydney Curran hit two triples setting a CSUB Division I single-game record. Curran already has five triples this season, which ranks her first in the nation and ties CSU Bakersfield's Division I single-season record (Karissa Veiga, 2014).
KANSAS CITY'S PACKARD THROWS FIRST NO-HITTER IN WAC SINCE 2017
On Feb. 23, Kansas City freshman right-hander Kailyn Packard threw a no-hitter in a 7-0 win over Grambling State at the Black and Gold Tournament in Montgomery, Ala. Packard tossed all seven innings for the Roos, allowing no hits, while striking out 10. It was the first no-hitter thrown in the WAC since Seattle U's Alyssa Reuble threw a perfect game on March 10, 2017.
THREE PLAYERS RANK IN WAC CAREER TOP 10
NM State senior Kelsey Horton currently holds the all-time WAC record for career slugging percentage (.774), ranks fourth in home runs (58), seventh in RBIs (179), tied for seventh in total bases (435) and tied for eighth in batting average (.390). Seattle U junior Madison Cathcart ranks eighth in slugging percentage (.704), while Grand Canyon senior Sierra Smith is tied for 10th in triples (12).
UVU'S HUBBARD PICKS UP 200TH CAREER VICTORY
With his team's 11-3 victory over Seton Hall on Feb. 9, Utah Valley head coach TJ Hubbard picked up his 200th career victory. In his ninth season as a head coach, Hubbard boasts a 202-224-1 (.474) career record. He is 41-63 (.394) in three seasons at Utah Valley.
CSUB'S BUCK-ZIEGLER EARNS 100TH CAREER WIN
CSU Bakersfield head coach Crissy Buck-Ziegler earned her 100th career victory on Feb. 10 when the 'Runners defeated Montana 3-2. In her eighth season at the helm, Buck-Ziegler is 105-250-1 (.296).
NM STATE'S HORTON APPROACHING PROGRAM RECORDS
Kelsey Horton continues to climb the NM State career record books. The senior sits in second place in both home runs (58) and total bases (435), and fourth in RBIs (179) and runs scored (173).