Softball 2017 Season in Review

July 5, 2017

2017 Season IN REVIEW
34-19 OVERALL, 19-9 GNAC
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Head Coach: Amy Suiter (7th season, 196-163/.546)
GNAC Regular Season Finish: 2nd


Completed historic season going 34-19 overall and finished 2nd during the regular season in the GNAC with a 19-9 record...tied for second-most wins in a season in the program's 25-year history...won 13 of last 15 regular-season games to go from 17-15 to 30-17, including a 12-game winning streak...overall won 17 of last 21 games...stormed through the GNAC Tournament with a 3-0 record to win the conference championship and earn an automatic bid to the NCAA II Tournament...made fourth appearance in the NCAA II West Regional in program history as the No. 8 seed...knocked off top-seeded Cal State Monterey Bay on their home field in the opening game of the regional to record the program's first NCAA II Tournament victory (previous 0-6)...defeated by Dixie State (5-0) and Sonoma State (6-4) to end season at the NCAA II West Regional...12-game winning streak spanned April 9 (second game at CWU) to May 11, falling one win short of the school record 13-game winning streak set in 2001...freshman Anna Kasner was named the GNAC co-Pitcher and Freshman of the Year, and was also named a D2CCA All-West Region selection...Kasner went 16-6 with a 2.29 ERA (47 ER, 143.2 IP) and 8th in NCAA II averaging 9.16 strikeouts per 7.0 innings...led the GNAC and ranked 2nd in WWU single-season history with 188 strikeouts...junior Emily Benson was named First Team All-GNAC for the second consecutive season and was an NFCA All-West Region Second Team pick...Benson tied her own WWU single-season home run record with 12 and recorded the highest OPS in single-season school history (1.281)...junior third baseman Makinlee Sellevold set the WWU single-season record with 51 RBI and was a Second Team NFCA All-West Region selection...junior catcher/right fielder Carlie Richards earned First Team NFCA West Region honors batting .364 (39-for-107) with 8 doubles, 2 home runs, 22 RBI and a school-record 13 hit-by-pitch...sophomore designated player/pitcher Shearyna Labasan was a D2CCA Second Team All-West Region selection after batting .360 (63-for-175) and going 12-6 with a 3.37 ERA (63 ER, 131.0 IP)...led the GNAC with a .961 fielding percentage, fourth-best in WWU history.

REWRITING THE RECORD BOOKS...recorded one of the best statistical seasons in WWU history, setting single-season offensive records in hits (449), doubles (78), home runs (37-tied), extra-base hits (126), total bases (660) and hit-by-pitch (34)...also had the second-highest on-base percentage (.383), third-highest slugging percentage (.454) and fourth-highest batting average (.309)...in the circle posted the second-most strikeouts (319) and strikeout rate (6.33 K/7.0 IP), and recorded 11 shutouts (5th-most).

KASNER WITH A K...freshman Anna Kasner was named the GNAC co-Pitcher of the Year, co-Freshman of the Year, First Team All-GNAC and First Team All-West Region (D2CCA)...recorded the second-most strikeouts in a season by a WWU pitcher with 188, setting the school record with 9.16 K/7.0 IP...notched four games with 13 strikeouts (2/5 at Chaminade, 2/7 at BYU Hawai'i, 4/2 vs. Chico State, 5/6 vs. Western Oregon), tied for sixth-most in a game in WWU history...twice named the NFCA Division II National Pitcher of the Week...recorded 13 strikeouts in collegiate debut and also had 13 K's in a 1-hit shutout vs. No. 7 Chico State...also hit .380 (30-for-79) with 7 doubles, 1 triple, 3 home runs and 28 RBI at the plate.

BENSON'S BLASTS...junior Emily Benson recorded one of the best individual offensive seasons in WWU history, batting .418 (61-for-146) with 12 home runs and 37 RBI...set the WWU single-season record with a .548 on-base percentage and 1.281 OPS (on-base + slugging)...tied her own program record with 12 home runs and set the all-time WWU record with 31 home runs (9th in GNAC history)...season totals in batting average (3rd), slugging percentage (2nd), on-base percentage (1st), games started (53, T6th), runs scored (44, T3rd), hits (61, 10th), total bases (107, 2nd) and walks (40, 2nd) all entered the WWU single-season record books...reached base safely in 50 of 53 games (pair of 22-game streaks) and had at least one hit in 40 games.

SELEVOLD'S BIG SECOND HALF...junior Makinlee Sellevold also had one of the top offensive seasons in program history batting .390 (67-for-172) with 23 extra-base hits (2B - 13, 3B - 2, HR - 8)...set WWU single-season records with 51 RBI and 108 total bases...also entered WWU single-season top 10 in batting average (.390, 8th), slugging percentage (.628, 4th), at-bats (172, 5th), hits (67, 3rd), doubles (13, T6th) and extra-base hits (23, 2nd)...had strong finish tot the season batting .425 (37-for-87) with 17 extra-base hits (7 HR) and 41 RBI over final 25 games.

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