New Mexico State’s Tiare Jennings and Louisiana Tech’s Meghan Krieg have been named the Western Athletic Conference Hitter and Pitcher of the Week, respectively, for Feb. 16-22. This is the first honor for both players.
Jennings, a freshman second baseman from Turlock, Calif. (Pitman), led the Aggies to a 4-1 record at the UTEP Invitational last weekend. She was 9-for-17 for a .529 batting average with five homers and 18 RBI over the five games. Against Cal State Northridge, Jennings hit a two-run home run. She followed it up with a pair of bombs against the host Miners. The first was a three-run home run and the second was a leadoff homer in the top of the sixth to bring the Aggies within one run. Her final two home runs came against WAC opponent San Jose State – a two-run bomb and a three-run homer. Jennings also scored seven runs, had a double, walked twice and only struck out twice during her 17 at bats. She posted a .579 on-base percentage, a 1.471 slugging percentage, made 14 putouts and supplied five assists on the week.
Krieg, a sophomore from Sonora, Texas (Sonora), recorded a 2-0 mark with a 0.54 ERA and 20 strikeouts on the week. She worked 13.0 innings, allowing only one run on five hits and held opponents to a .116 batting average against her. In a 4-1 win over McNeese State, Krieg allowed one run on three hits while striking out a career-high 11 batters in 6.0 innings of action. In a 3-0 win over Nicholls State, she allowed only two singles while striking out nine in the complete-game shutout.
Other Hitter of the Week nominees included: Michelle Moses of Fresno State hit a pair of homers and drove in five runs as the Bulldogs went 3-2 against four ranked teams at the Cathedral City Classic last week ... Hawai‘i’s Tanisha Milca of Hawai‘i hit .357 with two multi-hit games as the Rainbow Wahine went 1-3 on the week ... Amberly Waits of Louisiana Tech hit .615 with eight hits, three doubles, seven RBI and four walks as the Techsters went 4-2 on the week ... San Jose State’s Brittany McConnell set the SJSU career mark for RBI (119) and tied the career mark for home runs (27) as the Spartans went 1-4 on the week.
Other Pitcher of the Week nominees included: Aubray Zell of Boise State went 2-1 with a 1.67 ERA and 10 strikeouts at the San Diego Tournament ... Fresno State’s Mackenzie Oakes picked up her second complete-game victory over No. 20 North Carolina, striking out seven batters ... Kim Watson of New Mexico State led the Aggies to a trio of run-rule victories and posted a 0.47 ERA with 14 strikeouts on the week.
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