March 11, 2014
By Geoff Thurner
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - After the team's top effort in the circle so far this year, Fresno State redshirt sophomore Kiley Shae Aldridge was selected as the Mountain West Pitcher of Week Tuesday.
The left-hander was rewarded for her 1-0 shutout versus No. 6 Washington in the finale of the Judi Garmin Classic Sunday.
In her first start in nearly two years, her nine strikeouts tripled her previous Bulldog best from this season and also 2012. She also limited the returning Women's College World Series advancer Huskies to three hits after they entered the game with a .358 team batting average.
Combined for the five tournament games, she led the team in ERA (0.00), fewest hits allowed (3), strikeouts (9), and opponent batting average (.130).
On the season, the Lompoc, Calif., native leads the team in ERA (0.51) and opposing batting average (.208), and has struck out 12 batters in 13.2 innings.
Among other recent Bulldog honorees in the circle, sophomores Jill Compton and Taylor Langdon combined for three honors in 2013, while senior third baseman Vonnie Martin was a two-time MW Player of the Week last season.
Other current 'Dogs honored with WAC Weekly Player of the Week honors include senior shortstop Brooke Ortiz (2012).
Team-wise last weekend in Fullerton, the `Dogs (12-8) staked their first wins vs. top-25 teams since February 2012, which also included Jill Compton's 1-0 shutout of No. 14 Nebraska on Sunday.
Also honored Tuesday, New Mexico's Jasmine Casados won her second straight MW Softball Player of the Week honor. The freshman third baseman went 6-for-7 (.857) at the plate with seven RBIs as New Mexico went 3-0 versus Detroit last weekend.
This weekend, the 'Dogs look ahead to their sixth and final week of early-season tournament play, the Fresno State Classic, Thu.-Sat., March 13-16.
Fresno State's games are set for Thursday vs. Pacific (7-11) at 5 p.m.; Friday vs. Ohio State (9-11) at 6 p.m.; Saturday vs. Cal Poly (13-9) and New Mexico State (15-10) at 3:45 and 8:15 p.m.; and St. Mary's (9-12) on Sunday at 3:45 p.m.
Fresno State Classic All-Tournament 4-Day Ticket Packages are available in advance or at the game-day ticket booth, and prices for each section follow: Lower Box - $45; Upper Reserved - $30; General Admission - $21; Senior and Youth in Upper Reserved or GA - $15.
Gates will open 30 minutes before the first game each day, and a host of special ticket and marketing promotions are planned.
Thursday's 5 p.m. game vs. Pacific is Social Media Madness Night. Fans can get 2 for 1 ticket deals who like or follow a Fresno State Athletics Social Media Account.
Friday's 6 p.m. contest vs. Ohio State is Greek Night, and the Greek House with the largest attendance will receive a $250 Visa gift card for their house. Free Youth Jersey Friday earns free admission for kids wearing jerseys with a paid adult.
On Sunday for the 3:45 p.m. game vs. St. Mary's, all active military and veterans receive free admission with a valid military ID as part of the Salute to Sundays promotion.
2014 Mountain West Softball Players of the Week
Feb. 11 - Jessie Hufstetler, So., IF, San José State
Feb. 18 - Amanda Weis, So., OF, Nevada
Feb. 25 - Jessica Garcia, Sr., C, San José State
March 4 - Jasmine Casados, Fr., 3B, New Mexico
March 11 - Jasmine Casados, Fr., 3B, New Mexico
2014 Mountain West Softball Pitchers of the Week
Feb. 11 - Allison Lang, Jr., RHP, San José State
Feb. 18 - Holly Reinke, So., RHP, Colorado State
Feb. 25 - Morgan Ettinger, Fr., RHP, UNLV
March 4 - Danielle O'Toole, So., LHP, San Diego State
March 11 - Kiley Shae Aldridge, R-So., LHP, Fresno State
Catch the Wave -- Click here to see the complete 17-game Fresno State Classic tournament schedule.
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