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 22-28. This is the second honor of the season and of her career for Felder and the third honor of the season and of her career for Diaz.
Felder, a freshman infielder from Fresno, Calif., hit .636 with a 1.727 slugging percentage and a .714 on-base percentage as the Aggies went 4-0 last week. She was 7-of-11 on the week with six extra-base hits – three doubles and three home runs – and 19 total bases. Felder scored seven runs, had seven RBIs and drew three walks. She had a hit in each of the Aggies' four games, including three multi-hit contests. Felder opened the week with a pair of homers at New Mexico and also posted a long ball in the series opener against Kansas City. In Saturday's doubleheader against the Roos, she posted three doubles.
Diaz, a junior right-hander from West Covina, Calif., went 3-0 with a save and a 1.33 ERA in four appearances last week. She tossed three complete games and tallied 40 strikeouts over 21.0 innings pitched. Diaz threw a pair of one hitters at New Mexico and in the series opener against UMKC where she also had 11 strikeouts in each of those games. In the first game of the twinbill Saturday, she picked up the save, going 2.0 innings with five strikeouts, allowing one run on four hits. In the series finale against the Roos, Diaz tied her career-high with 13 strikeouts. With Saturday's save, she moved her season total to six, extending her program record, and her career total to 10, which ranks second in the Aggie record books and tied for fourth all-time in the WAC record books.
Other Hitter of the Week nominees included: California Baptist's Anise Avalos hit .429 with four RBIs as the Lancers went 0-4 on the week ... Sierra Smith of Grand Canyon hit .625 with a home run and four RBIs as the Lopes went 1-2 on the week ... Kansas City's Bre Hunter hit .462 with a double, two home runs and 10 RBIs as the Roos went 0-4 on the week ... Kaylee Ree of Seattle U hit .375 with a double and three RBIs as the Redhawks went 2-1 on the week ... Utah Valley's Lyndsay Steverson hit .455 with a home run and five RBIs as the Wolverines went 3-1 on the week.
Other Pitcher of the Week nominees included: California Baptist's Giana Lopez went 0-2 with a 3.82 ERA over 14.2 innings ... Brianna Aguilar of Grand Canyon posted a 1.62 ERA over 4.1 innings ... Kansas City's DJ Cannon went 0-1 with a 3.65 ERA and five strikeouts over 7.2 innings on the week ... Andie Larkins of Seattle U went 1-0 with a save, a 1.56 ERA and six strikeouts in a pair of appearances ... Utah Valley's Devyn Cretz went 2-1 with a 2.33 ERA and nine strikeouts over 21.0 innings.
SEATTLE U TIES PROGRAM RECORD FOR VICTORIES
Seattle U took two of three games at Grand Canyon over the weekend, tightening its grip on first place in the WAC standings. The Redhawks have now tied the Division I program record with 33 wins, set last season. Seattle U now needs just one win or a Grand Canyon loss next weekend to clinch the WAC regular-season title.
NM STATE'S DIAZ EXTENDS PROGRAM SAVES RECORD
NM State junior hurler Samaria Diaz extended her single-season saves record with her sixth save in the first game of a doubleheader against Kansas City on April 27. Diaz now has 10 saves on her career, good for second place all-time at NM State and tied for fourth in the WAC record books.
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 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). She now has 67. Earlier this season, Horton became the NM State leader in total bases and now has 499. She also ranks first in batting average (.383), slugging percentage (.768) and runs (199), and second in hits (249), doubles (45) and RBIs (199).
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 302-116 (.722) record.
CSUB'S CURRAN EXTENDS CONSECUTIVE GAMES STARTED STREAK TO 130
CSU Bakersfield junior shortstop Cydney Curran has started every single game since her freshman year. The three-year streak is now 130 straight games.
UMKC REACHES 25 WINS FOR SIXTH TIME
Kansas City is currently 25-24 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 44 career doubles, one shy of 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 105-103 (.505) overall record. He is 32-28 (.533) 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 357 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 (67) and currently ranks tied for first in slugging percentage (.768), third in total bases (499), fourth in RBIs (199) and 10th in batting average (.383). Seattle U junior Madison Cathcart ranks ninth in slugging percentage (.688), while Grand Canyon senior Sierra Smith is tied for ninth in triples (13).