DENVER Fresno State was selected by the Western Athletic Conference softball coaches to win the 2007 WAC regular season crown. Fresno State has been picked to take the preseason crown 11 out of the last 12 years while, Hawaii was chosen to win the title in 2002 and was picked second this season. For the second consecutive season, Nevada was picked to finish third followed by New Mexico, San Jose, La Tech and Utah State.
Nevada pitcher, junior Jordan McPherson (Simi Valley, Calif.), was named to the preseason All-WAC team as an at-large selection. This is the second career preseason honor for McPherson who was named to the preseason team in 2006. McPherson, who was named MVP of the WAC Tournament last season, is Nevada’s career strikeout leader (342) including setting a single-season record last season with 246 strikeouts.
For the second-straight season Fresno State’s Robin Mackin earned preseason Pitcher of the Year honors. In addition, Fresno had five players named to the preseason team. Hawaii first baseman Tyleen Tausaga earned preseason Player of the Year honors with four other Hawaii players garnering preseason honors.
Nevada opens the 2007 season Feb. 9-11 at the Kajikawa Classic in Tempe, Ariz. The Pack will open the Classic facing Western Michigan and preseason No. 1 Arizona on Feb. 9.
2007 WAC Softball Preseason Coaches’ Poll
(Points awarded on a 6-5-4-3-2-1 basis)
Coaches could not vote for their own teams.
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 Total
1. Fresno St. 5 1 - - - - 35
2. Hawaii 1 4 1 - - - 30
3. Nevada 1 2 3 - - - 28
4. NMSU - - 3 3 - - 21
5. SJSU - - - 2 4 - 14
6. La. Tech - - - 2 -- 4 10
7. Utah St - - - - 3 3 9
Preseason All-WAC Team
C Nichole Willis, Sr., Fresno State
1B Tyleen Tausaga, Sr., Hawaii
2B Jenna Cervantez, Jr., Fresno State
2B Rochelle Sandberg, Jr., Louisiana Tech
3B Stephanie Herrera, Jr., New Mexico State
SS Haley Perkins, So., Fresno State
OF Emma Barnes, So., Louisiana Tech
OF Shannon Garvin, Sr., Fresno State
OF Kaulana Gould, Jr., Hawaii
P Robin Mackin, So., Fresno State
UT Kate Robinson, Jr., Hawaii
DP Stacey Lien, So., New Mexico State
At-Large Jordan McPherson, Jr., P, Nevada
At-Large Justine Smethurst, So., P, Hawaii
Player of the Year: Tyleen Tausaga, Sr., 1B, Hawaii
Pitcher of the Year: Robin Mackin, So., Fresno State