La Tech Sweeps Weekly WAC Softball Awards

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Louisiana Tech’s Jessica Kirby and Krissi Oliver have been named the Western Athletic Conference Hitter and Pitcher of the Week, respectively, for March 23-29. This is the first honor of the season for both, the fourth career honor for Oliver and second career honor for Kirby.

Kirby, a junior catcher from Spring, Texas, led the WAC with a .700 batting average as Louisiana Tech went 4-0 on the week. She had one double, three home runs, four RBI and four runs scored while posting a 1.700 slugging percentage and a .769 on-base percentage. She recorded three multiple-hit games during the week, including one three-hit performance and two two-hit performances. Her best game of the week was a two-homer, three-RBI performance to lead Tech to a 7-2 win over Boise State in WAC action.

Oliver, a senior from Glendale, Ariz., went 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA in a pair of complete-game shutouts last week. She pitched 14.0 scoreless innings, allowing only 11 hits and one walk while striking out nine batters. In a 3-0 win over Alcorn State, Oliver pitched 7.0 innings, allowing six hits and one walk while striking out six batters. She then pitched a 3-0 win over Boise State, allowing five hits and no walks while striking out three batters. For the week, opponents hit only .196 against her.

Other Hitter of the Week nominees included: Laurel Wyatt of Boise State hit .375 with a hit in each game ... Fresno State’s Caitlin Stiglich hit a team-high .400 with two home runs in one game ... Amanda Taulali‘i of Hawai‘i hit .583 on the week and set a new school record with three homers in one game ... Nevada’s Brittany Puzey hit .556 with five RBI last week ... Angie Ortega of New Mexico State hit .365 with three long balls on the week ... San Jose State’s Sarah Taylor hit .385 with three RBI as the Spartans picked up a pair of WAC wins.

Other Pitcher of the Week nominees included: Fresno State’s Mackenzie Oakes went 1-0 in a pair of appearances last week ... Stephanie Ricketts of Hawai‘i went 2-1 in three complete games with 21 strikeouts ... Nevada’s Katie Holverson went 1-0 in two starts with 14 strikeouts ... Kim Watson of New Mexico State went 2-1, including a 3-0 shutout of Fresno State, with 26 strikeouts last week ... San Jose State’s Deanna Mauer went 2-0 in a pair of starts, picking up the Spartans’ first two WAC wins of the season ... Kate Greenough of Utah State went 1-0 in one appearance, throwing a complete-game four hitter while striking out five.