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This Week in WAC Softball - March 12

This Week in WAC Softball - March 12

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KANSAS CITY'S ONSTAD, CBU'S SPRINGSTEAD NAMED WAC ATHLETES OF THE WEEK
Kansas City's Chyanne Onstad and California Baptist's Kellye Springstead have been named the Western Athletic Conference Hitter and Pitcher of the Week, respectively, for March 4-10. This is the first-ever honor for both.

Onstad, a junior infielder from Burlington, Wis., hit .500 with a .900 slugging percentage and a .643 on-base percentage at the Kansas Invitational last week. She tallied one run, a double, a home run, three RBIs and four walks. Onstad, who is on a five-game hitting streak with hits in seven of the last eight games, opened the tournament with a 2-for-4 showing vs. Maine. In a win over Kansas on Sunday, she was 1-for-1 with a home run, two RBIs and three walks.

Springstead, a senior right-hander from Honolulu, Hawai'i, went 4-1 and threw four complete games in four starts and five appearances last week. She posted a 0.72 ERA and struck out 24 batters with just four walks. Springstead scattered 28 hits over 29.0 innings and allowed just three earned runs on the week. She threw an eight-inning shutout in a 3-0 win over North Dakota on Friday, giving up four hits and one walk while striking out 10. She did not give up more than one earned run in any one start.

Other Hitter of the Week nominees included: Halle Rosario of California Baptist hit .440 with one double, two home runs and eight RBIs ... CSU Bakersfield's Karah Wiseman went 3-for-3 with two runs scored and a stolen base in a loss to CSUN ... Savannah Tourville of Grand Canyon hit .286 with three doubles, including two in a win over No. 1 and previously unbeaten Florida State, and three RBIs ... NM State's Kelsey Horton hit .263 with four of her five hits being homers, eight RBIs and three walks and broke the career total base record with 452 ... Breanna Timmons of Seattle U hit .455 with three doubles and two RBIs ... Utah Valley's Lyndsay Steverson hit .625 with two doubles, a home run and six RBIs.

Other Pitcher of the Week nominees included: Grand Canyon's Yesenia Morrison went 1-2 and earned the win over No. 1 Florida State ... D.J. Cannon of Kansas City went 0-1 with a 2.90 ERA and three strikeouts ... Seattle U's Shianne Smith went 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA and six strikeouts over 7.2 innings.

GCU DEFEATS NO. 1 AND PREVIOUSLY UNBEATEN FLORIDA STATE
The Grand Canyon softball team became GCU's first Division I-era team to beat a team with a No. 1 national ranking on March 6 when it stunned defending national champion and previously unbeaten Florida State 5-3. With the tying run at the plate for Florida State, GCU sophomore pitcher Yesenia Morrison finished off her complete-game win by inducing a pop out and a fly out to end the game. Morrison had given up back-to-back home runs to start the game but only allowed four hits over the final six innings to the nation's top hitting team. She allowed three runs on seven hits and one walk. The Lopes got to Florida State ace Meghan King, whose earned run average of 0.72 ranked 14th in the nation before the loss. The Lopes scored all five runs on seven hits against King in her 5 2/3 innings of work. Savannah Tourville gave the Lopes their first lead of the game in the sixth inning, doubling to left field to score pinch runner Christine Bellavia. It marked only the third time Florida State even had trailed in a game this season. Tourville finished the game 2-for-3 with two doubles and two RBIs.

NM STATE'S HORTON BECOMES PROGRAM TOTAL BASES LEADER
Kelsey Horton became the NM State career leader in total bases last week, moving her total to 452. She also ranks first in batting average (.386) and slugging percentage (.778), second in home runs (62), third in RBIs (187) and runs (178), fourth in doubles (40) and fifth in hits (224). The senior is three home runs shy of becoming the all-time WAC leader in home runs.

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 MOVES INTO SEVENTH PLACE IN PROGRAM RECORD BOOKS FOR CAREER HOMERS
Kansas City senior outfielder Maegan Rollow belted a pair of homers at the Kansas Invitational to move into a tie for seventh place in the UMKC career record books with 12 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, SEASON RECORDS 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 six triples this season, which ranks her first in the nation and places her first in the CSU Bakersfield Division I single-season record books.

KANSAS CITY'S PACKARD THROWS FIRST NO-HITTER IN WAC SINCE '17
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 (.778), ranks second in home runs (62), fifth in RBIs (187) and total bases (452) and tied for 10th in batting average (.386). Seattle U junior Madison Cathcart ranks sixth in slugging percentage (.713), while Grand Canyon senior Sierra Smith is tied for 10th in triples (12).