'Dogs Hope to Strike Gold in Reno in Regular Season Finale
    Junior right fielder Michelle Solomon hit her first grand slam of the season and third career-wise last weekend vs. CSU.
    Junior right fielder Michelle Solomon hit her first grand slam of the season and third career-wise last weekend vs. CSU.

    May 7, 2014


    * COMPLETE FRESNO STATE SOFTBALL WEEKLY RELEASE (PDF)Get Acrobat Reader

    This Weekend: at Nevada (25-24, 7-14)
    Location: Christina M. Hixson Softball Park, Reno, Nevada

    Dates: Start Times
    Thursday, May 8: 4 p.m.
    Friday, May 9: 4 p.m.
    Saturday, May 10: Noon

    - All-Time Series (First Year): Fresno State leads, 39-13 (1978)
    - 2013 Series: Fresno State won 2-1 (FS 6-4, 4-3 wins; Nevada 1-0 win)
    - Host Web site: www.WolfPack.com
    - Videostream Link: http://www.gobulldogs.com/videos/


    THIS WEEK'S ACTION
    Leading the MW for the fourth straight week, the Fresno State softball team (30-19, 14-7) caps the regular season with a three-game series at Nevada (25-24, 7-14) this Thursday-Saturday, May 8-10.

    The Wolf Pack comes off a three-game sweep at Utah State last weekend, while the `Dogs topped Colorado State, 2-1, in its final home action of 2014.

    Fresno State is currently tied for the MW lead with a 14-7 conference record with Boise State, while last year's champion San Diego State sits one game back at 13-8, and will host the Broncos on Thursday-Saturday.

    Two other teams have mathematical chances at tying for the conference title - Colorado State and UNLV - who are tied for fourth place this week at 12-9 (and Fresno State beat both teams by 2-1 margins the last two weeks). On Thursday-Saturday, UNLV plays at Utah State, and CSU hosts San Jose State.

    The next day, ESPNU will televise the 64-team NCAA Tournament selection show live on Sunday night, May 11 at 7 p.m. PT.

    THE ROAD TO OKLAHOMA CITY
    Next weekend, 16 NCAA Regional sites will host three-day, four-team, double-elimination action from Thursday-Sunday, May 15-18.

    Each regional winner then advances to eight Super Regional sites for a best-of-three, two-day series on Thursday-Sunday, May 22-25, with every game televised by ESPN networks.

    The eight remaining teams then advance to the ESPN-televised Women's College World Series in Oklahoma City, May 29-June 4. More information on the NCAA Tournament and WCWS is available at the www.NCAAsports.com website.

    RECENT `DOG ACTION
    Last week, the `Dogs went 2-1 at home vs. Colorado State on Senior Weekend and have won six straight conference series (and five straight via 2-1 margins).

    Fresno State won the opener, 5-1, behind a two-hit complete game by Jill Compton (19-9), while the `Dogs scored all five of their runs in the sixth inning.

    Prior to the 7-2, second-game victory, Bulldog Diamond was renamed Margie Wright Diamond in honor of the hall of fame former head coach. Two of Wright's former players cleared the fences as senior Stesha Brazil cranked a pair of solo homers, and junior right fielder Michelle Solomon connected on her first grand slam of the season and third career-wise. Compton added five strikeouts in her two innings of relief en route to her second save of the season, and starter Hannah Harris (9-9) got the win.

    In the 8-7 finale loss on Senior Day, the `Dogs scored three runs in the seventh inning and had the tying and winning runs on base before falling to the Rams who entered the weekend in a tie for second place in the MW.

    RECENT BULLDOG TEAM NOTES
    - Three Bulldogs are hitting +.300 this year - junior center fielder Brenna Moss (.356, 7 2B, 2 3B), freshman left fielder Kierra Willis (.321, 2 3B) and sophomore second baseman Whitney Smith (.315, 6 2B).

    - Not surprisingly, Moss and Willis are also the team's top hitters in MW play (.413 / .383). Five others are topping .300 after 21 conference games this year - senior left fielder Kapri Angotti (.382), sophomore catcher Paige Gumz (.379), senior first baseman Stesha Brazil (.358), senior shortstop Brooke Ortiz (.338) and Smith (.324).

    - Five players have homered this year - Stesha Brazil (10), Vonnie Martin (7), junior right fielder Michelle Solomon (6), junior DP Kelly Megee (2) and Paige Gumz (1). Career-wise, Brazil and Martin ranked seventh and 11th on school career lists (26 / 16). Martin and Solomon have grand slams this year (vs. Boise State and Colorado State), and Solomon and Brazil are the only `Dogs to have two round-trippers in one game. Two weeks ago against UNLV, Solomon and Brazil became the first Fresno State players to hit homers on back-to-back pitches this year.

    - Fittingly on Senior Day Weekend, three of the four players that hit +.400 vs. the Rams for the three games combined were seniors - shortstop Brooke Ortiz (.556, 5-for-9, 3 RBI, SB), first baseman Stesha Brazil (.500, 4-for-8, 2 HR, 2 RBI, 3 BB) and DP Kapri Angotti (.400, 2-for-5, RBI, BB). Three other starters topped .300 - junior DP Kelly Megee (.400, 2-for-5), sophomore Paige Gumz (.375, 3-for-8, RBI) and junior center fielder Brenna Moss (.364, 4-for-11, BB).

    - After Jill Compton, Kiley Shae Aldridge and Hannah Harris won MW Pitcher of the Week honors the past six weeks, all four Bulldog sophomore pitchers have won honors under the guidance of head coach Trisha Ford. In 2013, Compton won a pair of awards, as did sophomore Taylor Langdon once.

    - Jill Compton's no-hitter two weeks ago vs. San Jose State made her the 16th Bulldog to pitch multiple no-hitters in her career. Former great Jamie Southern leads the list with eight, followed by fellow All-Americans Melanie Parrent (7), and Carie Dever, Amanda Scott and Wende Ward (6).

    - The past two months, the Bulldogs have scored the biggest and third-biggest run tallies in school history in wins vs. Boise State (24-4 (5) and New Mexico (20-0 (5)).

    - Fresno State has scored seven wins this season against NCAA Tournament returnees - 1-0 shutouts of No. 6 Washington, No. 14 Nebraska and N.C. State, and a pair of victories vs. both San Diego State (5-4, 2-0) and San Jose State (8-1, 2-0).

    ON TOP OF THE MOUNTAIN WEST
    Earlier this week, former All-MW honoree and sophomore right-hander Jill Compton led the league in shutouts (8) and opposing batting (.219), and stood second in ERA (2.14), strikeouts looking (47), and third in starts (28), wins (19), saves (2) and strikeouts (147).

    Sophomore Taylor Langdon again paced the league in saves (4), and stood ninth in games in relief (12) and 10th in games finished (9), and sophomore Hannah Harris also stood fourth in ERA (2.61), fifth in shutouts (3) and eighth in opposing batting (.270).

    At the plate, senior shortstop Brooke Ortiz topped the triples category (5), and six other `Dogs were spotted offensively - All-MW center fielder and junior Brenna Moss (stolen bases, second, 29; hits, fourth, 62; runs, fifth, 39; triples, 10th, 2), senior third baseman Vonnie Martin (walks, second, 36), sophomore second baseman Whitney Smith (toughest to strike out, third, 1:18.6 at-bats), junior right fielder Michelle Solomon (triples, fifth, 3), senior first baseman Stesha Brazil (triples, fifth, 3; homers, sixth, 10; runs, seventh, 35; RBI, seventh, 39) and freshman left fielder Kierra Willis (triples, 10th, 2).

    Team-wise, the Bulldog pitchers still pace the conference in lowest opposing batting average (.248), fewest hits allowed (312), saves (6) and double plays (25), and stood second in ERA (2.56) and fewest homers allowed (24). Offensively, the `Dogs rank first in triples (16) and third in stolen bases (70).

    NATIONAL-CALIBER NUMBERS
    In the ninth edition of the NCAA's weekly softball rankings released Monday, sophomore pitcher Taylor Langdon ranked 11th nationally in the saves category (4).

    Eight other `Dogs stood top 150 nationally - sophomore pitcher Jill Compton (shutouts, 17th, 8; wins, 47th, 19; ERA, 94th, 2.13; hits allowed, 98th, 5.55 p/7 innings; strikeouts, 100th, 148), senior third baseman Vonnie Martin (walks, 30th, 0.73 p/g), junior center fielder Brenna Moss (stolen bases, 24th, 0.59 p/g), senior shortstop Brooke Ortiz (triples, 10th, 5), sophomore second baseman Whitney Smith (toughest to strikeout, 61st, 1:18.6 at-bats), junior right fielder Michelle Solomon (triples, 97th, 3), senior first baseman Stesha Brazil (triples, 97th, 3) and sophomore right-hander Hannah Harris (shutouts, 148th, 3).

    Team-wise, Fresno State's highest national rankings were in triples (10th, 0.33 p/g), double plays (10th, 0.51 p/g), fielding (43rd, .969), stolen bases (43rd, 1.41 p/g), ERA (52nd, 2.56), win-loss percentage (75th, .612) and scoring (97th, 4.80 p/g).

    Fans can find NCAA statistics updated every Monday at the http://stats.ncaa.org/rankings/ranking_summary URL address.

    BULLDOG-NEVADA SERIES HISTORY
    Heading into the week, Fresno State owns a 39-13 edge vs. Nevada in the series that dates back to 1978. The `Dogs won two of last year's three games held in Fresno by 6-4 and 4-3 scores, while the Wolf Pack took the second game, 1-0.

    WOLF PACK SCOUTING REPORT (www.GoWolfPack.com)
    In MW play this season, the Wolf Pack (25-24, 7-14) swept Utah State (7-1, 5-3, 3-0) last week and New Mexico earlier in the season (13-5 (5), 8-0 (6), 3-1). In prior series, Nevada went 1-2 vs. San Jose State (10-1 (5) win; 7-6, 4-2 (8) losses), and got swept by Boise State (1-0, 9-6, 8-4 losses), Colorado State (7-1, 8-3, 4-3 losses) and UNLV (13-1 (5), 7-4, 3-2 losses). ... Other notable non-conference wins this year have come vs. BYU (10-9, 20-10), Portland State (6-2) and Hawai'i (11-2 (5)). ... In this week's NCAA team stats, Nevada's highest rankings were in doubles (fifth, 1.65 p/g), scoring (37th, 5.73 p/g), batting (56th, .301), slugging (67th, .451) and triples (70th, 0.20 p/g). ... Senior right-hander Karlyn Jones leads the nation in fewest walks per seven innings (0.52 p/g), and three others ranked top 100 nationally - sophomore shortstop Megan Sweet (doubles, fourth, 0.43 p/g; runs, 22nd, 1.04 p/g), sophomore outfielder Danielle Wilitz (triples, 31st, 4) and sophomore utility player Amanda Weis (slugging, 75th, .696; homers, 96th, 11). ... Sixth-year head coach Matt Meuchel led the team to a 30-23 mark last year - the team's first winning season since 2009 (also his first season at the helm and the year the team won the WAC title). In prior positions, he also served as an associate head coach for Nevada and helped the team to an NCAA bid and WAC title in 2006. He also served at Arizona State as its summer camp director (1997-2000) and volunteer coach (2001), McNeese State as an assistant coach (2002) and Oklahoma State as an assistant coach (2007-08). His resume also includes a stint working with the 2004 Greek Olympic Team.

    2013 FRESNO STATE-NEVADA RECAP
    Last year at Fresno, the `Dogs won the first and third games by 6-4 and 4-3 scores, respectively, and Nevada took the second game, 1-0.

    In the first game, Paige Gumz and Michelle Solomon both went 2-for-2 and had two and one RBI, respectively. In the circle, Jill Compton struck out three, walked one and gave up 11 hits and four earned runs in the complete game.

    In the second contest, Diane Runge went 3-for-4, and was one of six `Dogs that hit safely. Hannah Harris struck out none, walked one and allowed three hits in the complete game.

    In the finale, two `Dogs had multiple hits - Brenna Moss (2-for-4) and Gumz (2-for-3). Compton pitched the first three innings, struck out three, walked one and allowed four hits. Harris got the win for pitching the final four innings, struck out none, walked none and allowed three hits.

    For the three games, Gumz led the team in hitting (.625, 5H, 2B, 2 RBI), and, six others topped .300 - Maria Sio (.500, 2H), Kelly Megee (.500, 1H), Runge (.444, 4H), Solomon (.375, 3H, 2B), Moss (.333, 4H, RBI) and Vonnie Martin (.333, 3H).

    RPI ON THE RISE
    In the seventh NCAA RPI ratings of the season Fresno State still ranked second in the league and 52nd overall among the nation's 293 teams. The remaining MW teams' rankings follow: San Diego State (48), Colorado State (74), Boise State (78), San José State (83), UNLV (90), Nevada (142), New Mexico (176) and Utah State (180).

    This week's RPI rating is again well ahead of last year's year-end position (116), and a full current listing is available here ( http://www.ncaa.com/rankings/softball/d1/ncaa-womens-softball-rpi ).

    REWRITING THE RECORD BOOKS
    With her four saves this season, sophomore Taylor Langdon has tied a team season record, and that same total ties for seventh-most in a career for the `Dogs.

    At the plate, senior first baseman Stesha Brazil drilled her ninth and 10th homers of the season last week vs. CSU, and her 26 career-wise is seventh-most in school history (not to mention the four she hit as a freshman at Houston in 2011).

    Junior center fielder Brenna Moss stole two more bases last week vs. Colorado State to up her career total to 74 - second-best for Fresno State. That total ranks 26th nationally among active collegians (and seventh among players that are juniors or younger). Her 29 stolen bases this year is second-most in a season for Fresno State all-time, and five behind her school record from last year (34).

    The Bakersfield, Calif., native's triple against New Mexico moved her to 16 career-wise and fifth all-time for the `Dogs (and third nationally among active collegians). Moss's nine triples in 2013 is also second-best in Bulldog history behind former Olympian and All-American Laura Berg (11, 1995).

    Among all-time game bests, her three stolen bases vs. Boise State and San Diego State this year tied her school record vs. UNM in 2013. Likewise, her four runs opening week vs. UC Riverside also matched a school game record.

    Thanks to two walks vs. CSU, senior third baseman Vonnie Martin now has 36 on the year - fourth-most for Fresno State and only seven behind the shared school record of Christina Clark and Gina LoPiccolo (43).

    With her triple vs. UNLV, senior shortstop Brooke Ortiz has five, three-baggers on the season and 12 career-wise - a tally that stands 14th nationally among active collegians and ninth all-time for Fresno State.

    In her first month as a collegian, sophomore pitcher Jill Compton made history in February 2013 with the program's 70th no-hitter vs. St. Mary's, and the first Bulldog freshman to achieve the feat since 2006. In late April, she repeated the feat at San Jose State with a 2-0 win.

    Last year, the squad combined for a school record 87 stolen bases in 54 contests. For comparison's sake in 2014, the `Dogs have swiped 70 bases after 49 games (which would equate to 74 in a 52-game season).

    RACKING UP THE WEEKLY HARDWARE
    Sophomore Jill Compton picked up her third MW Pitcher of the Week honor last week after she went 3-1 in her six appearances vs. UNLV and San Jose State.

    In her 2-0 win at the NCAA Tourney returnee Spartans in the series finale, the Oceano, Calif., native logged her first no-hitter of the season, second career-wise, and 71st in school history.

    She also won the series opener vs. SJSU, 8-1, and struck out seven in both contests to tie her second-highest total of the year.

    Later in the weekend series vs. the Rebels, she logged a 1-0 shutout in which she struck out six, and allowed only four hits and one walk - also only the third shutout of UNLV this year by any team, and first in MW play.

    The day before on Saturday, she picked up first career save after retiring the final two outs in the 6-3, second-game win vs. the Rebels with the tying run at the plate.

    In the opener vs. UNLV, she pitched seven scoreless innings, before allowing a run in the eighth inning in the 1-0 decision.

    In previous weeks, senior first baseman Stesha Brazil and sophomore pitchers Hannah Harris and Kiley Shae Aldridge were rewarded with MW Player and Pitcher of the Week honors in March and April to give the team nine honors from six current players the past 1 1/2 years.

    In past years, 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, and senior shortstop Brooke Ortiz was a WAC Player of the Week in 2012.

    SIZING UP THE `DOGS IN 2014
    Second-year Fresno State head coach Trisha Ford welcomes back starters at seven of the eight field positions, and 2013's top three pitchers.

    All four of last year's All-MW picks are also back - senior infielder Vonnie Martin, junior outfielder Brenna Moss and sophomore pitcher Jill Compton and catcher Paige Gumz - while senior infielder Brooke Ortiz was an All-WAC choice in 2011.

    Other starters back from 2013 include senior outfielder Kapri Angotti, senior first baseman Stesha Brazil, junior outfielder Michelle Solomon and sophomore infielder Whitney Smith.

    Last year in Ford's first season, the Bulldogs went 30-24 overall and tied for second in the MW Conference with an 11-7 mark.

    NEW TO THE FOLD
    Head Coach Trisha Ford and the Bulldogs have looked to their seven-member newcomer class to make an immediate impact in the spring of 2014.

    Her first recruiting class is entirely from California and includes catcher Niki Kaleialii (Oakley), infielder Liza Liddell (La Verne), and outfielders Melissa Gilbert (Merced), M.J. Jimenez (Newark), Alanna Layton (Acton), Christina Rodriguez (Livingston) and Kierra Willis (Pleasant Hill).

    Willis has started 40 games at DP and in left field among her 47 appearances this year, while Liddell has made six starts at second base among her 14 appearances. Rodriguez had appeared in 31 games as a pinch-runner and stole bases vs. Sacramento State, Long Beach State, Utah State and San Jose State; Jimenez pinch-ran ran vs. No. 8 Oregon and Riverside; and Kaleialii has seen time behind the plate vs. UC Riverside, No. 25 Texas, Boise State and New Mexico.

    As preps, Kaleialii helped her team to three Bay Valley Athletic titles and was a two-time captain; Liddell was a four-time all-league selection at third base and shortstop; Jimenez was a three-time All-League pick; Gilbert helped lead Merced High School to three CCC titles; Layton was a CIF All-League First-Team choice; Rodriguez was a multiple all-conference choice; and Willis was a four-time first-team all-league selection.

    ANOTHER STACKED SCHEDULE
    Among the Bulldogs' 52 games this year against 31 opponents, its non-conference slates featured five WCWS returnees in 2013 national runner-up Tennessee, Arizona State, Nebraska, Texas and Washington.

    In the opening months of the year, Fresno State faced another Super Regional advancer (Oregon), a seventh NCAA Regional Finalist (N.C. State) and four other NCAA tourney qualifiers (Arizona, Houston, San Diego State and San Jose State).

    Among the tilts in February and March, the `Dogs posted 1-0 shutouts vs. No. 6 Washington and No. 14 Nebraska on the same day in the finale of the Judi Garmin Classic, while it lost by one run the opening three weeks to No. 2 Tennessee (5-4) and No. 8 Oregon (10-9 (8)).

    Among conference foes, the `Dogs went 2-1 against both last year's NCAA Tournament representatives from the MW and WAC (San Diego State / San Jose State) in April.

    Overall, the `Dogs have played 15 contests against 11 squads that advanced to last year's 64-team NCAA tournament field (not to mention four teams that have combined for 12 national titles in their school histories).

    PRIDE OF THE VALLEY
    Not only do 23 of the 24 members of the Bulldog roster hail from California, but many proudly call the Central Valley their home.

    Two players are from the Fresno area directly - seniors Kapri Angotti (Clovis) and Kim Fisher (Fresno) - and also played their initial collegiate seasons at Fresno City College. Two others' hometowns are less than an hour's drive away - freshman Melissa Gilbert (Merced) and sophomore Bria Kennedy (Hanford) - and two other starters are from the Central Valley, senior Stesha Brazil (Turlock) and junior Brenna Moss (Bakersfield).

    Looking northward, seven players matriculated from the Bay Area - freshmen Christina Rodriguez (Livingston), Niki Kaleialii (Oakley), M.J. Jimenez (Newark) and Kierra Willis (Pleasant Hill), sophomores Kiley Shae Aldridge (Lompoc) and Whitney Smith (Auburn) and senior Brooke Ortiz (Lodi).

    Ten players hail from the nation's most fertile softball fields (Southern California) - freshmen Alanna Layton (Acton) and Liza Liddell (La Verne),sophomores Jill Compton (Oceano); Hannah Harris (Santa Barbara), Taylor Langdon (Glendora) and Paige Gumz (Chino Hills) and juniors Michelle Solomon (Beaumont), Maria Sio (Lake Forest), Kelly Megee (Riverside) and Taylor Green (Chino Hills).

    The team's only non-California resident is senior Vonnie Martin (Plano, Texas) who is only a 22-hour 1,556-mile drive from Fresno.

    ON PACE IN THE CLASSROOM
    Last week, sophomore pitcher Hannah Harris was rewarded for her excellence in the classroom and on the field with Capital One Academic All-District honors.

    The Santa Barbara, Calif., native was one 12 players selected for the District 8 squad and one of three pitchers. Sporting a 3.44 cumulative grade point average, the media communications and advertising major was also a recent MW Pitcher of the Week.

    To be eligible, players must be at least a sophomore academically and be a starter or important reserve with at least a 3.30 cumulative GPA. Nominated student-athletes were then voted on by members of the College Sports Information Directors of America in their respective districts.

    All district honorees are now in consideration for 2014 Capital One® Academic All-America honors that will be announced on May 30.

    Harris is the second Bulldog honored under second-year head coach Trisha Ford after Diane Runge was selected in 2013, while senior shortstop Brooke Ortiz was chosen in 2012.

    All-time in Fresno history, 34 players have been honored since 1985.

    Similarly last year, six players were named to the 2013 National Fastpitch Coaches Association Scholar-Athlete team that was released in October.

    The group of senior infielder Brooke Ortiz, junior infielder Kelly Megee and catcher/infielder Taylor Green, Harris and Taylor Langdon and former senior outfielder Diane Runge were selected based on their +3.50 GPA's for the 2012-13 academic year.

    The six-member class tied the largest in Bulldog softball history, and are among 39 Fresno State players that have received similar honors since the 1997-98 school year. Runge and Ortiz are three- and two-time honorees and the 10th and 11th Bulldogs to claim multiple honors. In addition, Runge and Ortiz were CoSIDA Academic All-District First-Team choices in 2013 and `12, respectively.

    Last spring, nine `Dogs picked up Academic All-Mountain West honors - Harris, Langdon, Megee, Ortiz, Runge, senior catcher/infielder Stesha Brazil and infielder/outfielder Vonnie Martin, junior center fielder Brenna Moss and sophomore infielder Whitney Smith.

    Overall in school history, the softball team has racked up 108 academic all-conference honors since it began WAC play in 1993 and MW action in 2013.

    SIMPLY THE BEST
    Last Saturday, Bulldog Diamond was rechristened Margie Wright Diamond in honor of the hall-of-fame former Bulldog head coach.

    Before the game, the field welcomed a ribbon-cutting ceremony and first pitch by the former 27-year head softball mentor. Also honoring her that day was University President Dr. Joseph I. Castro, Director of Athletics Thomas Boeh, Congressman Jim Costa and former Bulldog softball player / Fresno Fire Chief Kerri Donis.

    En route to an NCAA record 1,294-450-1 ledger with the `Dogs, she guided Fresno State to 10 World College World Series trips that included one NCAA title (1998), three NCAA runner-up finishes (1988, `89, `90), three NCAA third-place finishes (1991, `92, `97) and three NCAA fifth-place finishes (1987, `94, `99).

    The 10-Time Conference Coach of the Year led Fresno State to 17 conference titles, 26 NCAA Tournament bids (1986-2011) and 178 straight weeks in the NCAA Top 25 en route to NFCA and ASA-USA Softball Hall of Fame nods.

    On the individual front, her Bulldog players included 53 All-Americans, 15 Olympians, 29 Conference Players/Pitchers/Freshmen, 16 Academic All-Americans, eight professional players, four Honda Award Finalists and two NCAA Top VIII Award winners.

    Away from the collegiate spectrum, she served as the 1998 ISF World Championship Gold Medal head coach and 1996 U.S. Olympic Gold Medal assistant coach.

    The venue has served as the collegiate softball national attendance leader 13 times since 1991. An NCAA all-time largest regular-season softball crowd of 5,724 saw the team's versus Arizona (March 14, 2000), and also topped the 5,000 mark twice at home versus UCLA in 1996 (5,427, February 24 - stadium opener) and 1997 (5,167, February 8).


    THIS WEEK'S MW STANDINGS

        Team         MW Record Pct. Overall
    1.  Fresno State    14-7  .667  30-19
        Boise State     14-7  .667  30-19
    3.  San Diego State 13-8  .619  36-17
    4.  Colorado State  12-9  .571  31-15
        UNLV            12-9  .571  23-28
    6.  San Jose State  11-10 .524  28-23
    7.  Nevada           7-14 .333  25-24
        New Mexico       7-17 .292  16-36
    9.  Utah State       6-15 .286  18-32


    2014 MW PRESEASON POLL

    Pl. Team            Pts.  2013 Finish	Overall
    1.  SDSU (7)         63   1st      13-5  35-18
    2.  Fresno State (2) 56   2nd      11-7  30-24
    3.  Boise State      42   4th      9-9   25-26
    4.  Colorado St.     38   2nd      11-7  25-24
        San Jose St.     38   1st-WAC  17-4  42-15
    6.  Nevada           36   4th      9-9   30-23
    7.  UNLV             27   6th      7-11  21-31
    8.  New Mexico       13   7th      3-15  21-35
    9.  Utah State	     11   8th-WAC  5-16  11-43


    NOTABLE MW INDIVIDUAL RANKINGS (NCAA)
    Taylor Langdon - Saves, 1st, 4 (11th); Games in Relief, 10th, 13; Games Finished, 9th, 10
    Jill Compton - Shutouts, 1st, 8 (17th); ERA, 2nd, 2.14 (94th); Strikeouts Looking, 2nd, 47; Saves, 3rd, 2; Starts, 3rd, 28; Opp. Batting, 1st, .219; Wins, 3rd, 19 (47th); Strikeouts, 3rd, 147 (100th); Innings, 5th, 179.2; Appearances, 6th, 35
    Hannah Harris - ERA, 4th, 2.61; Shutouts, 5th, 3 (148th); Opp. Batting, 8th, .270; Fewest Hits, 6th, 34; Starts, 10th, 18
    Brooke Ortiz - Triples, 1st, 5 (10th)
    Vonnie Martin - Walks, 2nd, 36 (30th)
    Michelle Solomon - Triples, 5th, 3 (97th)
    Brenna Moss - Stolen Bases, 2nd, 29 (24th); Hits, 4th, 62; Runs, 5th, 39; Triples, 10th, 2
    Stesha Brazil - Runs, 7th, 35; Triples, 5th, 3 (97th); RBI, 8th, 39 (97th); Homers, 6th, 10
    Kierra Willis - Triples, 10th, 2
    Whitney Smith - Toughest to Strike Out, 3rd, 18.6 (61st)


    NOTABLE MW TEAM RANKINGS (NCAA)

    BATTING
    Triples - 1st, 16 (1st)
    Stolen Bases - 3rd, 70 (3rd)

    PITCHING
    Opposing Batting - 1st, .248
    Fewest Hits Allowed - 1st, 312
    Fewest Runs Allowed - 1st, 157
    Double Plays - 1st, 25 (10th)
    Saves - 1st, 6
    ERA - 2nd, 2.56 (52nd)
    Fewest Homers Allowed - 2nd, 24
    Fielding - 1st, .969 (43rd)
    Batters Struck Out Looking - 4th, 64
    Strikeouts - 4th, 210
    Win-Loss Percentage - 3rd, .612 (75th)

    Complete NCAA Stats - http://bit.ly/1gPx6rG
    Complete MW Stats - http://bit.ly/1dCQGFB


    BULLDOG ALL-TIME CAREER RANKINGS

    Stolen Bases 2. 74 Brenna Moss, 2013- (1st is 86)

    Triples 5. 16 Brenna Moss, 2013- (4th is 17) 9. 12 Brooke Ortiz, 2011- (9th is 12)

    Home Runs 7. 26 Stesha Brazil, 2012- (6th is 29)

    Hitting Streak 8. 14 Brenna Moss, 2014 8. 14 Vonnie Martin, 2013

    Saves 7. 4 Taylor Langdon, 2013- (4th is 5) 10. 2 Hannah Harris, 2013- (8th is 3)

    BULLDOG ALL-TIME SEASON RANKINGS

    Stolen Bases 1. 34 Brenna Moss, 2013 2. 29 Brenna Moss, 2014 (1st is 34)

    Triples 2. 9 Brenna Moss, 2013 (1st is 11)

    Sacrifice Hits 14. 19 Maria Sio, 2013 (9th is 20)

    Walks 4. 36 Vonnie Martin, 2014 (4th is 35)

    Saves 1. 4 Taylor Langdon, 2014 9. 2 Harrah Harris, 2013 (4th is 3)


    THIS WEEK'S NATIONAL POLLS

    USA TODAY / NFCA WEEK #13

    Rank Team	Record	Pts	Prev
    *1	Oregon (29)	47-6-1	797	1
    2	UCLA (3)	46-5	757	2
    *3	Arizona State	43-8-1	731	3
    4	Florida State	47-6	702	4
    5	Florida		45-10	678	5
    6	Alabama		44-10	640	6
    *7	Tennessee	42-9	607	8
    *8	Washington	30-13	548	11
    *9	Arizona		40-11	514	9
    10	Michigan	40-11	504	7
    11	Georgia		42-12	429	16
    12	La.-Lafayette	41-7-1	422	14
    13	Oklahoma	43-10	411	15
    14	Missouri	41-15	403	13
    15	Minnesota	38-9	385	12
    16	Kentucky	41-14	370	10
    17	Baylor		41-12	316	17
    *18	Nebraska	40-14	229	19
    19	Tulsa		47-7	218	18
    20	Notre Dame	37-10	187	22
    21	USC Upstate	44-5	144	23
    22	Auburn		38-16-1	116	20
    23	South Alabama	38-11	99	21
    24	Texas A&M	35-20	71	24
    25	LSU		34-21	49	25

    Others receiving votes: Wisconsin (18), DePaul (16), James Madison (11), Northwestern (11), Mississippi State (7), UCF (5), *N.C. State (2), IPFW (1), Lipscomb (1), USF (1).

    Dropped out: None

    * (asterisk) indicates Bulldog opponents in 2014

    ESPN / USA SOFTBALL POLL WEEK #13

    Rank Team	Record	Pts	Prev.
    *1.	Oregon (17)	47-6-1	497	1
    2.	UCLA (1)	46-5	469	2
    *3.	Arizona State	43-8-1	462	3
    4.	Florida St. (1)	47-6	439	4
    5.	Alabama (1)	44-10	424	5
    6.	Florida		45-10	395	7
    *7.	Tennessee	42-9	380	9
    *8.	Washington	30-13	339	10
    *9.	Arizona		40-11	325	8
    10.	Oklahoma	43-10	316	12
    11.	Michigan	40-11	301	6
    12.	La.-Lafayette	47-7-1	291	13
    13.	Missouri	41-15	241	15
    14.	Georgia		42-12	226	18
    15.	Kentucky	41-14	217	11
    16.	Minnesota	38-9	216	14
    17.	Baylor		41-12	201	17
    *18.	Nebraska	40-14	164	19
    19.	Tulsa		47-7	142	16
    20.	Notre Dame	37-10	94	22
    21.	Auburn		38-16-1	77	20
    22.	South Alabama	38-11	74	21
    23.	LSU		34-21	70	23
    24.	USC Upstate	44-5	56	24
    25.	Texas A&M	35-20	22	25

    Others receiving votes: Wisconsin (20), DePaul (12), South Florida (7), Northwestern (6), *Texas (6), Central Florida (6), Mississippi State (2), *North Carolina State (2), Lipscomb (1)

    New to Poll: None

    Parenthesis denotes first place votes.

    * (asterisk) indicates Bulldog opponents in 2014


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