DENVER Nevada’s Kelsey Starr and New Mexico State’s Kim Watson have been named the Western Athletic Conference Hitter and Pitcher of the Week, respectively. This is the final WAC Player of the Week this season. This is the first honor this season for both.
Starr, a freshman from Tempe, Ariz. (Corona del Sol), hit .700 in Nevada’s series sweep at Louisiana Tech. The third baseman recorded at least one hit in each of the games this weekend including 3-for-3 and 3-for-4 efforts in the doubleheader on Saturday. She recorded two RBI on the weekend in the first two games of the series including driving in the first one in game two versus La Tech. The freshman scored the game-winning run in game two of the series.
Watson, a sophomore from Spokane, Wash. (Mead), started three games last week for New Mexico State going 2-0 with a 0.41 ERA. She threw a no-hit shutout against conference foe Utah State on Friday, May 4 in a 5-0 NMSU victory. She had a stretch of 11 and two-thirds innings pitched where she didn’t allow a hit, dating back to her start against Western New Mexico on May 1 where she had six strikeouts in a 10-0 win. In Watson’s three starts last week, the Aggies won all three games while the Spokane, Wash. native struck out 15 batters in 17.0 innings of work and gave up one run off of only four hits. Opposing batters hit a microscopic .075 off Watson last week, and she only walked three batters. Watson now has 197 strikeouts this season, which is third on the NMSU single-season strikeout list, and she ranks second in the conference.
Other hitter of the week nominees included: Kristin Slyvester of Fresno State hit .545 with one home run ... Ashley Frisby of New Mexico State hit .375 with four RBI as the Aggies went 5-0 last week.
Other pitcher of the week nominees included: Robin Mackin of Fresno State was 2-0 last week with 17 strikeouts ... Katie Holverson of Nevada 2-0 allowing only two earned runs.