Hawai‘i’s Tanisha Milca and Nevada’s Mallary Darby have been named the Western Athletic Conference Hitter and Pitcher of the Week, respectively, for Feb. 23-March 1. This is the first honor of the season for Milca and the second of her career. This is Darby’s first career honor.
Milca, a senior outfielder from Kailua, O‘ahu (Kailua), led the Rainbow Wahine to the Bank of Hawai‘i Invitational title after scoring at least one run in each game. She hit .750 (6-of-8), had a 1.250 slugging percentage and a .833 on-base percentage with a team-high seven runs scored, 10 total bases and four walks. She hit her first career grand slam, the 26th home run of her career, which moves her into sixth place all-time in UH softball history. Her six RBI against Mount St. Mary’s was also a career high and one short of the school single-game RBI record. In the bottom of the sixth inning in the first game against Mount St. Mary’s, Milca sparked Hawai‘i with a leadoff single and later scored the winning run in a tight 2-0 win over the Mountaineers.
Darby, a freshman from Sparks, Nev. (Spanish Springs), went 3-0 in three starts with a 0.33 ERA, including two complete game shutouts. She struck out 26 and walked seven while giving up just one run in 21.0 innings of work. All three of her starts were complete games. She opened the week with a 4-1 win over Sacramento State, striking out 11 batters. At the DeMarini Invitational over the weekend, Darby shut out Minnesota (5-0) and Oregon State (3-0). For the week, she yielded just two extra-base hits.
Other Hitter of the Week nominees included: Lexi Straton of Boise State hit .571 in three games on the week ... Fresno State’s Caitlin Stiglich hit .467 with a grand slam against Wisconsin ... Amberly Waits of Louisiana Tech hit .500 with six hits and five RBI as the Techsters went 2-2 on the week ... Nevada’s Kelsey Starr hit three home runs and tallied eight RBI as the Wolf Pack went 5-2 on the week ... Stacey Lien of New Mexico State hit .429 on the week with a pair of doubles ... Utah State’s Aubrie Stroman hit .308 on the week.
Other Pitcher of the Week nominees included: Morgan Melloh of Fresno State went 1-2 with 26 strikeouts on the week ... Hawai‘i’s Stephanie Ricketts went 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA in 21.0 innings of work ... Meghan Krieg of Louisiana Tech went 2-0 with a 1.29 ERA on the week ... New Mexico State’s Kim Watson picked up her first save of the season and struck out 24 on the week.