DENVER – NM State’s Merina Ili and UMKC’s Alex Larson have been named the Western Athletic Conference Hitter and Pitcher of the Week, respectively, for Feb. 13-19. This is the first-ever honor for both.
Ili, a sophomore designated player from Long Beach, Calif., hit .583 over four games last week with three doubles and her first collegiate home run. She had seven RBIs and posted a 1.083 slugging percentage and .615 on-base percentage. In a run-rule victory over Northern Colorado last Thursday, Ili doubled and homered, driving in four runs. The following day against DePaul, she had a pair of doubles.
Larson, a freshman right-hander from Overland Park, Kan., went 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA in two appearances last week for her first collegiate wins. In Saturday’s run-rule victory over Rider, she pitched all five innings for the Roos, giving up just three hits and one walk. The following day, Larson earned the win in relief, scattering two hits over 3.2 innings.
Other Hitter of the Week nominees included: Grand Canyon’s Shea Smith hit .381 with two doubles and three RBIs … Sydney Garcia of UMKC hit .429 with two doubles, two RBIs and four stolen bases … Seattle U’s Paige Bouska hit .400 with two runs scored … Courtney Beavers of Utah Valley hit .571 with three doubles and two stolen bases.
Other Pitcher of the Week nominees included: Grand Canyon’s Taylor Nowlin went 3-1 with a 1.75 ERA and 18 strikeouts … Kayla Green of NM State went 1-1 with a 2.72 ERA and seven strikeouts in 18.0 innings … Seattle U’s Andie Larkins went 1-1 with a 3.50 ERA and eight strikeouts over 12.0 innings, but threw a one-hitter.