McConnell, Aiello Earn All-WAC Honors

Las Cruces, N.M.- Julianne Aiello and Brittany McConnell were named to the second team All-Western Athletic Conference Softball Team Wednesday morning, as selected by the conference's head coaches.

Aiello led the team in hitting during the conference season with a .317 batting average. She had 20 hits and nine runs scored in 21 WAC games started at second base. Overall, she is hitting .336 with 47 hits, 22 runs scored, seven doubles, 15 walks and three stolen bases.

McConnell is hitting .322 this season with 49 hits, 23 runs scored, 11 doubles, eight home runs and 28 walks. She leads the team with a .993 fielding percentage, committing only two errors over 52 games and recording 242 putouts. During WAC games, she hit .230 with 14 hits and did not commit an error in 20 games played. McConnell will finish her Spartan career as one of the top-10 hitters and fielders in San Jose State history.

 

 

Also honored at the WAC Tournament banquet Wednesday morning were WAC Players of the Week for the 2010 season. Two San Jose State players were recognized during the season - Jennifer Ames and Kelli Fangonilo.

San Jose State opens play at the 2010 WAC Softball Tournament Wednesday afternoon at 4:30 p.m. MDT, against fourth-seed Louisiana Tech. Live stats are available on the San Jose State web site. WAC.TV will be broadcasting the entire tournament, and the feed is available for purchase at $14.95 for the tournament.

2010 ALL-WESTERN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE SOFTBALL TEAMS
First Team Team Ht. Yr. Pos. Hometown (Last School)

Kathy Cox Boise State 5-8 Sr. 3B Gresham, Ore. (Mount Hood)
Haley Gilleland# Fresno State 5-4 Jr. SS Fresno, Calif. (Clovis West)
Melissa Gonzalez Hawai'i 5-6 Jr. 3B Moreno Valley, Calif. (Valley View)
Jessica Iwata Hawai'i 5-4 Fr. SS Lihu'e, Kaua'i (Kaua'i)
Tiare Jennings# New Mexico State 5-8 So. OF Turlock, Calif. (Pitman)
Meghan Krieg# Louisiana Tech 5-9 Jr. P Sonora, Texas (Sonora)
Kelly Majam Hawai'i 5-3 Fr. OF Pine Valley, Calif. (Mountain Empire)
Michelle Moses Fresno State 5-9 So. UT Paso Robles, Calif. (Paso Robles)
Stephanie Ricketts# Hawai'i 6-0 So. P San Jose, Calif. (Archbishop Mitty)
Jenna Rodriguez Hawai'i 5-5 Jr. DP Arcadia, Calif. (Yavapai College)
Nicole Rupp-Tindall Utah State 5-6 Sr. OF Salt Lake City, Utah (Taylorsville)
Caitlin Stiglich# Fresno State 5-8 Jr. C Newhall, Calif. (William Hart)
Amberly Waits!& Louisiana Tech 5-6 Sr. SS Cleburne, Texas (Cleburne)

Second Team Team Ht. Yr. Pos. Hometown (Last School)
Julianne Aiello San Jose State 5-4 So. 2B Riverbank, Calif. (Beyer)

Kellie Caplan Boise State 5-9 So. 2B/OF Woodland Hills, Calif. (El Camino Real)
Allie Crump Boise State 5-11 So. P Elk Grove, Calif. (Elk Grove)
Kandis Jones New Mexico State 5-6 Jr. OF La Mirada, Calif. (La Mirada)
Brittany McConnell San Jose State 5-8 Sr. C Red Bluff, Calif. (Red Bluff)
Morgan Melloh!@ Fresno State 5-8 Jr. P Fishers, Ind. (Hamilton Southeastern)
Noelle Micka!@ Nevada 5-5 Jr. C Garden Grove, Calif. (Pacifica)
Hoku Nohara! New Mexico State 5-7 Jr. 1B Waimanalo, Hawai'i (Kamehameha)
Andrea Ortega Fresno State 5-4 So. OF Scottsdale, Ariz. (Coronado)
Angie Ortega! New Mexico State 5-6 Sr. OF Vado, N.M. (Gadsen)
Danielle Patrick Nevada 5-7 Jr. SS Chino Hills, Calif. (Chino Hills)
Kylie Randall New Mexico State 5-5 Jr. 2B Chula Vista, Calif. (Bonita Vista)
Amanda Tauali'i! Hawai'i 5-5 Sr. 1B Torrance, Calif. (North Torrance)
!2009 first team All-WAC
#2009 second team All-WAC
@2008 first team All-WAC
&2008 second team All-WAC


2010 WAC Player of the Year: Jessica Iwata, Hawai'i
2010 WAC Pitcher of the Year: Stephanie Ricketts, Hawai'i
2010 WAC Freshman of the Year: Kelly Majam, Hawai'i
2010 WAC Coach of the Year: Bob Coolen, Hawai'i