FRESNO, Calif. - Four Bulldogs earned All-Western Athletic Conference recognition on Wednesday morning at the WAC's annual postseason banquet.
Juniors Michelle Moses (Paso Robles, Calif.) and Andrea Ortega (Scottsdale, Ariz.) were tabbed by the conference's head coaches as first-team All-WAC recipients. This is the second first-team honor for Moses and first for Ortega, who was 2010 second-team All-WAC selection.
Moses, one of the Dogs' starting right-handed pitcher and first baseman, is one of the West Region's best pitchers, hitters and defenders. On Opening Day, she recorded the first cycle in program history. The triple threat continues to improve her game and blasted three home runs in the first three games of the season. In 2011, she batted .295 against WAC opponents with a team-best 12 home runs, six doubles, a .604 slugging percentage, 28 runs scored, 38 RBI and 84 total bases throughout the 2011 season.
Ortega is the Bulldogs' everyday leftfielder and led the team with a .379 batting average in WAC action. During the year, she blasted four home runs, clubbed six doubles and added a triple for a .485 slugging percentage. Her 22 RBI were second most by a Bulldog and she scored 22 runs.
Senior Nicole Angene (Norco, Calif.) and freshman Brooke Ortiz (Lodi, Calif.) received second-team All-WAC recognition for the 2011 season. This marked the first postseason All-WAC honor for both Angene and Ortiz.
Angene batted .321 in conference play and blasted six home runs during the year. She is one of three Bulldogs to hit grand slams this season and tied for seventh in career home runs with 17 at the conclusion of the regular season.
Ortiz, who instantly became one of the Bulldogs' starting infielder at second and third base, was honored as Fresno State's top female newcomer during the department's annual Night of Champions. At the plate, Ortiz hit .333 in WAC action and scored 25 runs over the course of her freshman season. She also excelled in the classroom and made the President's List last fall with a perfect 4.0 GPA.
Fresno State hosts Louisiana Tech at 7 p.m. tonight in the Dogs' WAC Tournament opener at Bulldog Diamond.
Fresno State's 2011 All-Western Athletic Conference Honorees
First Team Team Ht. Yr. Pos. Hometown (Last School)
Michelle Moses$ Fresno State 5-9 Jr. P/1B Paso Robles, Calif. (Paso Robles)
Andrea Ortega% Fresno State 5-4 Jr. OF Scottsdale, Ariz. (Coronado)
$2010 first team All-WAC
%2010 second team All-WAC
"We Are You Team!" - Fresno State will host the 2011 Western Athletic Conference Tournament May 11-14. Tickets are available by calling 278-DOGS or visiting the 2011 WAC Tournament Central. You can always stay connected with Fresno State Athletics on Facebook and Twitter (@FSAthletics).
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