CBU'S KOLANDER, SEATTLE U'S LARKINS NAMED WAC ATHLETES OF THE WEEK
California Baptist's Molly Kolander and Seattle U's Andie Larkins have been named the Western Athletic Conference Hitter and Pitcher of the Week, respectively, for April 15-21. This is the first-ever honor for Kolander and the first honor of the season and fourth of her career for Larkins.
Kolander, a freshman infielder from Danville, Calif. batted .700 (7-of-10) over three games last week as the Lancers swept the series against Utah Valley. She doubled to give her an .800 slugging percentage for the week and also scored twice. Kolander had multiple hits in all three games of CBU's first-ever WAC series sweep. She was 2-for-4 with a double in game one and 3-for-3 with a run scored in game two before finishing 2-for-3 in the finale on Saturday.
Larkins, a senior right-hander from Tucson, Ariz., threw a no-hitter in a five-inning run-rule victory over CSU Bakersfield last Saturday. In the first inning, she earned a strikeout as part of a 1-2-3 inning. Larkins induced a flyout, a groundout and a popout in the second. In the third, Larkins went to a full count before striking out Samantha Pech. She followed with a groundball to short and a flyball to right to close the frame. Larkins handled a comebacker and then got two groundouts to Alyson Matriotti to get through four innings. With a 4-0 lead in the fifth, Larkins picked up a looking strikeout and then a pop-up to third. She then walked Arianna Felix before getting Pech to groundout to third for the final out. Larkins threw all five innings, striking out three. She made short work of CSUB, throwing just 57 pitches on the day. It was the fifth no-hitter in program history.
Other Hitter of the Week nominees included: Kaileigh Holland of Grand Canyon hit .500 with a double, a home run and two RBIs last week ... Kansas City's Alexis D'Ambrosio hit .667 as the Roos went 0-2 on the week ... Kelsey Horton of NM State became the WAC's all-time leader in home runs with the 65th of her career and hit .333 with a double, a triple, home run and three RBIs as the Aggies went 2-2 on the week ... Seattle U's Breanna Timmons hit .429 with a double and three RBIs on the week ... Lyndsay Steverson of Utah Valley hit .250 with a double, two homers and three RBIs.
Other Pitcher of the Week nominees included: Kellye Springstead of California Baptist went 2-0 with a 3.00 ERA and 10 strikeouts over 14.0 innings ... CSU Bakersfield's Kiara Azevedo went 0-1 with a 1.27 ERA and 12 strikeouts over 11.0 innings ... Brianna Aguilar of Grand Canyon went 0-1 with a 2.10 ERA and two strikeouts over 6.2 innings ... Kansas City's Kailyn Packard went 0-1 with a 5.60 ERA and three strikeouts over 5.0 innings on the week ... Samaria Diaz of NM State went 1-1 with a save and a 2.23 ERA with 18 strikeouts over 15.2 innings last week.
NM STATE'S HORTON SETS WAC, PROGRAM RECORDS FOR CAREER HOMERS
NM State senior Kelsey Horton broke the WAC and NM State records for home runs on April 19, posting the 65th long ball of her career to surpass Aggie great Hoku Nohara (2008-11). Earlier this season, Horton became the NM State leader in total bases and now has 485. She also ranks first in batting average (.384) and slugging percentage (.760), and second in hits (243), runs (193), doubles (43) and RBIs (194).
SEATTLE U'S LARKINS THROWS NO-HITTER
Seattle U senior Andie Larkins threw the fifth no-hitter in program history on April 20, keeping CSU Bakersfield hitless for five innings in an 8-0 win. Larkins was perfect until allowing a walk with two outs in the top of the fifth. It was the second no-hitter in the WAC this season.
NM STATE'S DIAZ BREAKS PROGRAM SAVES RECORD
NM State junior hurler Samaria Diaz broke the single-season saves record with five after getting the save in the series finale against Grand Canyon on April 20. Diaz has nine saves on her career, good for second place all-time at NM State.
SEATTLE U'S SMITH TIES DI RECORD FOR STRIKEOUTS
Shianne Smith tied the Seattle U single-game record with 12 strikeouts in a two-hit shutout on April 20. Smith had set the Division I program record with 11 strikeouts against North Dakota on March 17 and topped her effort against CSU Bakersfield, retiring eight of the first nine batters via strikeout.
CALIFORNIA BAPTIST'S BABER EARNS 300TH CAREER VICTORY
California Baptist head coach Bill Baber collected his 300th victory as the Lancer skipper, as CBU defeated Utah Valley 9-6 in the series opener on April 19. He has been at the helm of the Lancers since the summer of 2011, posting a 302-112 (.729) record.
SEATTLE U TWO WINS AWAY FROM PROGRAM RECORD
Seattle U swept a three-game series against CSU Bakersfield last weekend to improve to 31-14 on the season. The Redhawks need two wins to tie the record for most wins in a season as a Division I program.
CSUB'S CURRAN EXTENDS CONSECUTIVE GAMES STARTED STREAK TO 127
CSU Bakersfield junior shortstop Cydney Curran has started every single game since her freshman year. The three-year streak is now 127 straight games.
UMKC REACHES 25 WINS FOR SIXTH TIME
Kansas City is currently 25-20 on the season. It is the sixth time in school history the Roos have reached the 25-win mark and is the most wins since the team won 27 in 2012.
SEATTLE U'S CATHCART BECOMES PROGRAM DOUBLES LEADER
On April 12, Seattle U junior Madison Cathcart hit a double in the first inning, marking her 41st career two-bagger. In doing so, Cathcart passed Isabella Geronimo for most doubles in Seattle U history. Cathcart now has 43 career doubles and needs two more to enter the WAC Top 10.
UMKC'S ROLLOW MOVES INTO EIGHTH PLACE IN CAREER HOMERS
Kansas City senior outfielder Maegan Rollow hit a homer against CSU Bakersfield to move into a tie for eighth place in the UMKC career record books with 11 career home runs.
SEATTLE U'S HIRAI RECORDS 100TH CAREER VICTORY
Seattle U Head Coach Geoff Hirai won his 100th career game on April 13 in the series finale over Utah Valley. In his fourth season at the helm, Hirai boasts a 103-102 (.502) overall record. He is 30-27 (.526) in WAC play.
HIPA BECOMES CSUB'S ALL-TIME ASSISTS LEADER
CSU Bakersfield senior Chris Hipa is the program's Division I record holder with 354 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 place.
THREE PLAYERS RANK IN WAC CAREER TOP 10
NM State senior Kelsey Horton holds the WAC record for career home runs (65) and currently ranks second in slugging percentage (.760), third in total bases (485), fourth in RBIs (194) and 10th in batting average (.384). Seattle U junior Madison Cathcart ranks ninth in slugging percentage (.693), while Grand Canyon senior Sierra Smith is tied for ninth in triples (13).