Bulldogs Place Four on All-West Region Team
May 14, 2008
FRESNO, Calif. - The Fresno State softball team placed four student-athletes on the NCAA All-West Region team as Morgan Melloh, Haley Gilleland and Jenna Cervantez earned first team honors and Aja Scheuber was named to the second team. The Bulldogs led all schools in the West Region with their four selections.
"I think it's awesome that the other coaches and other teams recognize how great of a year these four have had," said head coach Margie Wright. "They have really come through for our team in just about every single game and I am really impressed that everyone saw fit for them to be an All-West Region selection. I am very proud of them."
This is the second-straight year that Cervantez, a senior at second base from Clovis, Calif., has been named to the West Region First Team. Cervantez was also named first team All-WAC for the third time in her career as a Bulldog. She ranks fifth all-time in school history with 27 home runs and seventh in a single-season with 13, a team-high.
Melloh, a freshman pitcher from Fishers, Ind., was named the WAC Freshman and Pitcher of the Year and adds to her resume by being named to the first team. She is currently ranked second in the NCAA in wins with 39, a school record and has been consistently ranked all year among D-I schools in ERA, strikeouts per 7 innings and saves.
She also set a school record in strikeouts with 423 and is second in appearances (53) and strikeouts per 7 innings (9.2), fourth in games started (41), saves (3) and innings pitched (322.2) and fifth in complete games (39).
Melloh set a WAC Tournament record with 35 strikeouts over the weekend and her all-game totals in victories and strikeouts rank her first in the WAC, while her innings pitched place her second and strikeouts per 7 innings ranks her third.
At shortstop, Gilleland, a freshman from Fresno, Calif., has led the Bulldogs with her speed. Gilleland leads the team with 21 stolen bases on the season and ranks second in the Fresno State single-season record books. She has been ranked throughout the season amongst the NCAA leaders in sacrifice hits per game.
A senior designated player from Turlock, Calif., this is the first All-West Region honor for Scheuber. Scheuber ranks third in a single-season at Fresno State with 39 walks to lead the Bulldogs and has been ranked consistently in the NCAA all season in walks per game and slugging percentage.
The Bulldogs placed four players on the All-West Region team for the second-straight season and 92 total on regional teams under Coach Wright. Fresno State has had 102 total regional selections in the programs 30 years.
The first team and second team each consist of two pitchers, a catcher, first base, second base, third base, a shortstop, a utility/pitcher, utility/non-pitcher and three outfielders.
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