LAS CRUCES, N.M. – (May 8) a conference-high seven Seattle University softball players were chosen 2018 All-Western Athletic Conference (WAC), the conference announced at its postseason banquet Tuesday night. Madison Cathcart, Ally Choate, and Andie Larkins were picked First Team, while Maddy Kristjanson, Carley Nance, Kaylee Ree, and Bailey Thompson were Second Team choices.
Cathcart has been one of the top hitters in the nation this season. The native of Longview, Wash., has posted a remarkable slash line of .428/.589/.931 in 54 games. All three rates pace the WAC. The sophomore has 18 home runs, 19 doubles, 55 RBIs, 53 walks, and 135 total bases in 2018. Cathcart ranks in the top 25 nationally in 10 different statistical categories. In 15 WAC outings, the first baseman tallied a .596 on-base percentage, tops in the conference, to go with six doubles, which tied for the league lead. She was an All-WAC Second Team choice in 2017.
Choate has put together a standout freshman campaign, batting .351 in 54 contests. She led the WAC with 66 hits and scored a team-high 41 runs, second-most in the conference. Choate, from Yelm, Wash., added three doubles, two triples, and drive in 22 runs. The leftfielder hit .392 in conference action, compiling 20 hits in 15 games.
Larkins has won 10 games this year, contributing a 2.84 ERA in 29 appearances. The junior from Tucson, Ariz., has hurled 130.2 innings, including seven complete games. In WAC contests, Larkins was even better, posting a 1.78 ERA, second-best in the league, in seven appearances. She punched out 29 hitters in 39.1 innings, containing conference foes to a .232 batting average, good for fourth among WAC pitchers. Larkins earned All-WAC Second Team last season.
In her senior campaign, Kristjanson has hit .298 with five homers, 10 doubles and 33 RBIs. The native of Mountlake Terrace, Wash., played her usual stellar defense at shortstop, anchoring the Redhawk infield. In conference, Kristjanson increased her production, batting .326 with three home runs in 15 starts.
A redshirt freshman, Nance made an immediate impact in the circle. She leads the WAC with 14 wins and 121 strikeouts. Her strikeout total was 37 more than any other WAC pitcher in 2018. She has 2.97 ERA in a league-leading 157.2 innings. The Tahoma, Wash., native has tossed seven complete games and held opponents to a .256 batting average.
Ree worked through several injuries in her junior season, providing a reliable bat in the middle of the order. In 42 starts, she compiled seven doubles, five home runs, and 32 RBIs. The native of Gresham, Ore., hit .294 with two triples in league play, driving in a team-high 14 runs in 11 appearances. That total was good for third in the WAC.
Thompson has produced in her freshman year, ranking second on the Redhawks in batting average (.352), on-base percentage (.453), and slugging percentage (.507) in 37 games. She notched six extra-base hits and was hit by a team-high nine pitches. The Tucson, Ariz., native was key in WAC outings, hitting .364 with 10 RBIs in 14 contests.
The Redhawks begin the WAC Championship tomorrow, as they face Kansas City in the first round. First pitch is scheduled for 7 p.m. Mountain/6 p.m. Pacific.