Aggie Softball Picked To Finish 4th; Two Aggies Earn Preseason All-WAC Honors

Written By: WAC Media Relations

DENVER, CO - The Western Athletic Conference softball coaches have selected Hawai’i to win the 2011 WAC regular-season crown. This is the third time the Rainbow Wahine have been the favorite to take the crown (2002, 2008).

The coaches also voted on 2011 preseason award winners. Hawai’i junior hurler Stephanie Ricketts earned preseason Pitcher of the Year honors, while teammate sophomore outfielder Kelly Majam earned preseason Player of the Year honors.

Reigning WAC champion Hawai’i took the top spot in the preseason poll with 48 points and six first-place votes. Fresno State came in second, picking up two first-place vote and 43 points, followed by Boise State in third place. New Mexico State edged Louisiana Tech for fourth place. Nevada was picked to finish sixth (24), followed by San Jose State in seventh with 13 points. Utah State rounded out the poll in eighth place with eight points.

Hawai’i placed the most players on the preseason all-WAC team with five, while Fresno State had three and New Mexico State had two. Joining Ricketts and Majam on the preseason team are Hawai’i’s Melissa Gonzalez, Jessica Iwata and Jenna Rodriguez, Fresno State’s Haley Gilleland, Michelle Moses and Caitlin Stiglich, New Mexico State’s Tiare Jennings and Hoku Nohara, Meghan Krieg of Louisiana Tech, Allie Crump of Boise State and Amanda Pridmore of San Jose State.

All but one member of the preseason all-WAC team was named to the 2011 all-WAC team. Ten members were first team all-WAC honorees a year ago (Gilleland, Gonzalez, Iwata, Jennings, Krieg, Majam, Moses, Ricketts, Rodriguez and Stiglich), while two 2010 second-team honorees are on the team (Crump and Nohara).

2011 WAC Preseason Poll
Rank Team (first-place votes) Points
1 Hawai‘i (6) 48
2 Fresno State (2) 43
3 Boise State 33
4 New Mexico State 28
5 Louisiana Tech 27
6 Nevada 24
7 San Jose State 13
8 Utah State 8

2011 Preseason All-WAC Team
Player School Pos. Yr.
Allie Crump Boise State P Jr.
Haley Gilleland Fresno State SS Sr.
Melissa Gonzalez Hawai’i 3B Sr.
Jessica Iwata Hawai’i SS So.
Tiare Jennings New Mexico State OF Jr.
Meghan Krieg Louisiana Tech P Sr.
Kelly Majam Hawai’i OF So.
Michelle Moses Fresno State P Jr.
Hoku Nohara New Mexico State 1B Sr. Amanda Pridmore San Jose State P Jr.
Stephanie Ricketts Hawai’i P Jr.
Jenna Rodriguez Hawai’i OF Sr.
Caitlin Stiglich Fresno State C Sr.

Player of the Year
Kelly Majam, So., Hawai’i

Pitcher of the Year
Stephanie Ricketts, Jr., Hawai’i