COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Senior Karlyn Jones and sophomore Megan Sweet of the Nevada softball team each earned a selection to the All-Mountain West second team, the league announced on Tuesday.
The All-MW first and second teams are voted on by league head coaches and recognize student-athletes for their play during conference action.
For Jones, this is her second all-conference honor, and first in the Mountain West. She was selected to the All-Western Athletic Conference second team following her sophomore season. Jones made 13 appearances during the conference schedule and compiled a 2.39 earned run average to lead the Wolf Pack pitching staff. In eight starts she threw seven complete games and one shutout. Jones tossed 67.1 innings in the circle and recorded 50 strikeouts, while walking just four batters. During a 3-0 win at Utah State, Jones struck out a Nevada career-best 11 batters.
For the overall season, Jones went 9-9 with a 2.73 ERA in a team-best 118.0 innings pitched. She led the team in a slew of categories, including her 27 appearances, 104 strikeouts, eight walks and tied for the team lead with 11 complete games. Entering this week, Jones is the nation’s leader in walks allowed per seven innings.
Playing in just her second collegiate season, Sweet earns her first all-conference recognition. The Nevada shortstop batted .338 during Mountain West contests, collecting a team-high 27 hits. Of those 27 hits, 12 went for extra bases as she posted seven doubles and five home runs. Sweet drove in 15 runs and led the Pack with 19 runs scored. Near the end of the season, she homered twice in back-to-back league games against Utah State and Fresno State.
Overall, Sweet set new Nevada single-season records in doubles (21) and runs scored (53). Additionally, she fell one double shy of establishing a new Mountain West doubles record. Sweet hit .363 for the entire season, starting all 52 games for the Wolf Pack. She led the team with 62 hits, including eight home runs and two triples, and recorded 20 multi-hit games.
Garie Blando, UNLV’s sophomore shortstop, was voted the league’s Player of the Year, while another sophomore, Danielle O’Toole from San Diego State, earned Pitcher of the Year honors. Fresno State’s Brenna Moss was named Defensive Player of the Year, Victoria Saucedo of Utah State took home Freshman of the Year honors