Written By: WAC Media Relations
DENVER, CO - The Western Athletic Conference has announced the bracket for the 2018 WAC Softball Tournament May 9-12 at the NM State Softball Complex in Las Cruces, N.M.
Host NM State is the top seed after winning its third straight WAC regular-season title. The Aggies are led by Kelsey Horton, who hit .458 with 10 homers and 21 RBIs in WAC games. Nikki Butler hit .447 with six doubles, three home runs and 18 RBIs. In the circle, Kayla Green led the Aggies with a 5-1 record and three combined shutouts in WAC games. She also picked up a save.
Utah Valley is the No. 2 seed after earning a sweep at CSU Bakersfield to close out the season. The Wolverines are led by Lyndsay Steverson, who is hitting .370 in WAC play with 12 RBIs, while Kaylee Bott, Basie Query and Madison Sisco have three homers apiece in WAC games. Makayla Shadle led UVU in the circle with a 4-2 record and a save in WAC play. She also posted a 1.26 ERA.
The third seed goes to Seattle U, which set program records for overall wins (32) and WAC wins (10) this season. The Redhawks are led by Ally Choate, who hit .392 in WAC play. Bailey Thompson hit .364 with 10 RBIs, while Madison Cathcart hit .361 with six doubles.
Grand Canyon earned the No. 4 seed after sweeping Kansas City to close out the season. The Lopes are led offensively by Laynee Gomez and Bianca Boling, who hit .442 and .409, respectively, in WAC play, and in the circle by freshman Yesenia Morrison, who went 4-2 in WAC play with a 2.12 ERA.
CSU Bakersfield made the tournament as the fifth seed with a 3-12 WAC mark. The ‘Runners are led by Paige Johnson, who hit .354 in WAC play.
Kansas City is the sixth seed with a 2-13 record. The Roos are led by Kelsey Goodwin and Ashlin O'Brien, who hit .386 and .364, respectively, in WAC games.
The tournament begins on Wednesday, May 9, with the first game at 4 p.m. local time. All matches will be shown live on the WAC Digital Network at www.wacsports.com/watch as well as Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Android TV and Roku devices.