NM STATE'S FELDER, DIAZ NAMED WAC ATHLETES OF THE WEEK
NM State's Mya Felder and Samaria Diaz have been named the Western Athletic Conference Hitter and Pitcher of the Week, respectively, for April 1-7. This is the first-ever honor for Felder and the second honor of the season and of her career for Diaz.
Felder, a freshman third baseman from Fresno, Calif., hit .571 with a 1.571 slugging percentage and a .625 on-base percentage in five games last week. She was 8-of-14 on the week with six extra-base hits as she tallied two doubles and four home runs. Felder scored six runs and had nine RBIs as the Aggies went 4-1 on the week. Felder hit a home run in each of NM State's run-rule victories over in-state rival New Mexico. She also had a pair of homers in the series finale against Utah Valley as she went 3-for-3 with two RBIs to clinch the series for the Aggies.
Diaz, a junior right-hander from West Covina, Calif., went 3-0 with a 0.30 ERA in four appearances last week. She posted a pair of complete-game shutouts and struck out 38 batters over 23.0 innings. Against New Mexico, Diaz pitched a perfect game through five innings before allowing the lone hit of the contest. She tied her career high for strikeouts in the outing with 13. During the series opener against Utah Valley, Diaz pitched a complete game, allowing no runs on six hits while striking out 10. In the first game of the doubleheader against the Wolverines on Saturday, she pitched 3.0 innings in relief and did not give up a hit while striking out four. Diaz then threw a complete game in the series finale, striking out 11 and allowing her first and only run of the weekend during the game.
Other Hitter of the Week nominees included: Caitlyn Lloyd of California Baptist hit .500 with a double, a home run and two RBIs as the Lancers went 1-2 on the week ... Grand Canyon's Lilly Bishop hit .444 with a pair of home runs and six RBIs as the Lopes went 3-0 on the week ... Faith Willis of Kansas City hit .300 with a solo home run and three stolen bases as the Roos went 3-1 on the week ... Utah Valley's Brianna Moeller hit .462 with a home run and four RBIs as the Wolverines went 2-2 on the week.
Other Pitcher of the Week nominees included: California Baptist's Kellye Springstead went 1-1 with a 2.50 ERA and eight strikeouts over 14.0 innings ... Ryan Denhart of Grand Canyon went 2-0 with a 0.58 ERA and six strikeouts over 12.0 innings ... Kansas City's Kailyn Packard went 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA and 11 strikeouts over 9.0 innings on the week ... Devyn Cretz of Utah Valley went 2-2 with a 3.50 ERA and nine strikeouts over 24.0 innings last week.
SEATTLE U REACHES 25 WINS
When it defeated Santa Clara in extra innings on April 7, it was Seattle U's 25th win of the year, marking its fastest trip to that win total in Division I program history.
THREE PLAYERS RANK IN WAC CAREER TOP 10
NM State senior Kelsey Horton currently ranks second all-time in the WAC record books for career slugging percentage (.765) and home runs (63), tied for third in total bases (469), fifth in RBIs (190) and 10th in batting average (.385). Seattle U junior Madison Cathcart ranks eighth in slugging percentage (.698), while Grand Canyon senior Sierra Smith is tied for ninth in triples (13).
HIPA BECOMES CSUB'S ALL-TIME ASSISTS LEADER
CSU Bakersfield senior Chris Hipa became the program's Division I record holder with 345 career assists. The native of Aiea, Hawai'i also has 13 career home runs, which ranks fourth in CSUB's Division I history, one shy of third.
CSUB BREAKS PROGRAM RECORD FOR DOUBLE PLAYS TURNED IN A GAME
On March 30 against Pacific, CSU Bakersfield softball set the Division I single-game program record with four double plays turned in the same game. The previous record was three, accomplished five times most recently at Seattle U on April 13, 2018.