UTAH VALLEY'S DOUGHTY, SEATTLE U'S SMITH NAMED WAC ATHLETES OF THE WEEK
Utah Valley's Abby Doughty and Seattle U's Shianne Smith have been named the Western Athletic Conference Hitter and Pitcher of the Week, respectively, for March 25-31. This is the first-ever honor for Doughty and the first honor of the season and the second of her career for Smith.
Doughty, a freshman outfielder from Vail, Ariz., hit .429 with a 1.143 slugging percentage in four games last week, including a series sweep of Kansas City. In the series against the Roos, Doughty went 6-for-11 (.545) with three home runs, a double and eight RBIs. She hit the go-ahead grand slam in the opener on Friday and the go-ahead two-run double in the first game of Saturday's twin bill. Doughty then capped the series with a pair of homers.
Smith, a sophomore right-hander from Gresham, Ore., went 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA and two combined shutouts in four appearances last week. She allowed just one unearned run and two hits over 7.1 innings pitched, striking out 12 and walking none. In her first appearance against the Aggies last Friday, she posted a Division I program record for strikeouts in a relief appearance with eight in just four innings. For the week, she limited opponents to a .083 batting average.
Other Hitter of the Week nominees included: Caitlyn Lloyd of California Baptist hit .250 with a double, a home run and five RBIs as the Lancers went 1-4 on the week ... CSU Bakersfield's Chris Hipa hit .389 with two doubles, two home runs and seven RBIs as the 'Runners went 3-3 on the week ... Lilly Bishop of Grand Canyon hit .429 with a double, a home run and one RBI as the Lopes went 2-1 on the week ... Kansas City's Faith Willis hit .533 with a triple, two homers, eight RBIs and two stolen bases ... Kelsey Horton of NM State posted a .444 batting average on the week with one double ... Seattle U's Madison Cathcart hit .375 with a double, two homers and six RBIs as the Redhawks took the series from NM State for the first time in program history.
Other Pitcher of the Week nominees included: California Baptist's Kellye Springstead went 1-2 with a 1.17 ERA and 19 strikeouts over 24.0 innings ... Avery Fitch of CSU Bakersfield went 2-0 with a 3.11 ERA over 9.0 innings ... Grand Canyon's Brianna Aguilar went 1-1 with a 0.00 ERA and seven strikeouts over 8.0 innings ... Mia Hoveland of Kansas City went 1-1 with a 4.06 ERA and five strikeouts over 10.1 innings on the week ... NM State's Samaria Diaz was 1-0 with a 1.00 ERA and one shutout in two appearances on the week, striking out 13 over 7.0 innings pitched ... Devyn Cretz went 2-1 with a 3.82 ERA and a save and struck out 12 over 22.0 innings last week.
THREE PLAYERS RANK IN WAC CAREER TOP 10
NM State senior Kelsey Horton currently holds the all-time WAC record for career slugging percentage (.777), ranks second in home runs (63), fourth in total bases (466), fifth in RBIs (190) and ninth in batting average (.388). Seattle U junior Madison Cathcart ranks eighth in slugging percentage (.701), while Grand Canyon senior Sierra Smith is tied for ninth in triples (13).
SEATTLE U WINS SERIES AGAINST NM STATE FOR FIRST TIME IN PROGRAM HISTORY
Seattle U beat NM State in a series for the first time in program history, as Kaylee Ree hit a walk-off single in the 10th inning to lead SU to a victory on Friday night and Madison Cathcart hit a walk-off home run to lift the Redhawks to 4-3 win in eight innings on Saturday. Shianne Smith set a Division I program record for strikeouts in a relief appearance with eight in four innings vs. NM State on Friday night.
HIPA BECOMES CSUB'S ALL-TIME ASSISTS LEADER
With 20 assists last week, CSU Bakersfield senior Chris Hipa reset Bakersfield's Division I record with 338 career assists. The native of Aiea, Hawai'i also belted a pair of home runs to move her career total to 13, which ranks fourth in CSUB's Division I history, one shy of third.
SEATTLE U SETS PROGRAM RECORDS AGAINST CAL POLY
On March 26, Seattle U swept a doubleheader with Cal Poly, 15-0 and 8-0 in a pair of five-inning contests. The 15 runs in a game set a program record for runs against a Division I foe at Logan Field and the 23 runs in the doubleheader set a DI program record for most runs in a twinbill.