New Mexico State’s Hoku Nohara and Nevada’s Katie Holverson have been named the Western Athletic Conference Hitter and Pitcher of the Week, respectively, for Feb. 9-15. This is the first WAC Hitter of the Week honor for Nohara. This is the first WAC Pitcher of the Week honor of the season for Holverson and the third of her career.
Nohara, a sophomore Waimanalo, Hawai‘i (Kamehameha), was named to the Troy Cox Classic all-tournament team after leading New Mexico State to a 4-2 record. The first baseman was 9-for-16 with four home runs, six runs and a .562 batting average. Nohara recorded a WAC-high nine RBI, smacked two doubles, walked four times and only struck out once. She recorded a .696 on-base percentage, had a 1.375 slugging percentage and was hit by a pitch three times.
Holverson, a junior from Anthem, Ariz. (Cactus), did not give up an earned run and picked up two victories in three starts at the Louisville Slugger Desert Classic as Nevada went 4-1. She struck out 16 and walked just three in 17.0 innings of work. Holverson gave up just eight hits and only one extra-base hit, shutting out both Utah and UNLV. With the win over UNLV, she moved into second place at Nevada in career victories (37).
Other Hitter of the Week nominees included: Tanisha Milca of Hawai‘i hit .615 with eight hits as the Rainbow Wahine went 1-4 on the week … Nevada’s Kelsey Starr hit .467 with a home run, six runs and five RBI as Nevada went 4-1 on the week … Rayna Bradshaw hit .273 with her first collegiate home run as the Aggies went 1-4 against four ranked teams.
Other Pitcher of the Week nominees included: Meghan Krieg of Louisiana Tech posted a 1-1 mark with a 0.75 ERA and 16 strikeouts en route to all-tournament team honors at the Louisiana Classics Tournament … New Mexico State’s Vanessa Fitzgerald recorded a pair of wins at the Troy Cox Classic, striking out 18 and walking six in 14.2 innings of work.