DENVER Nevada’s Sarah Hunt and Jordan McPherson have been named the Western Athletic Conference Hitter and Pitcher of the Week, respectively. This is the first career honor for Hunt and the second for McPherson who was also named Pitcher of the Week on April 2, 2007.
Hunt, a sophomore from Reno, Nev. (McQueen), led the Wolf Pack in Nevada’s series win over San Jose State recording four hits on six at-bats. She drove in half (five) of the team’s 10 runs in the Pack’s 10-0 five-inning win. She went 2-for-2 in the first game of the series. In the series finale, she also went 2-for-2 with a three-run home run, a double off the leftfield fence, and ended the game with five RBI. The five RBI are a season-high and a career high for Hunt. The outfielder ended the three-game series with a 1.333 slugging percentage and a .677 on base percentage. Three of her four homeruns this season have come at home.
McPherson, a junior from Simi Valley, Calif. (Royal), threw the first no-hitter in Nevada softball history in Nevada’s 10-0 five-inning win over San Jose State. She was one walk away from a perfect game as she issued a walk to the first batter of the game before retiring 15-straight batters. She is the first WAC pitcher this season to throw a no-hitter in conference play and is just one of three WAC pitchers to throw a no-hitter this season. She went 1-1 last week recording a 0.58 ERA throwing two complete games, allowing just one earned run in the Wolf Pack’s 2-1 loss to San Jose State in the first game of the series. She pitched 12.0 innings in two games, allowing five hits while recording six strikeouts. After a slow start, McPherson is 8-1 in her last nine starts.
Other hitter of the week nominees included: Haley Perkins of Fresno State hit .417 with two home runs and three RBI and Amy Schaible of Utah State hit .455 as the Aggies earned their first conference sweep with three wins against Louisiana Tech.
Other pitcher of the week nominees included: Merryann Barr of Fresno State went 1-0 as the Bulldogs swept New Mexico State.