Mountain West Announces 2015 Softball All-Conference Teams And Individual Honors

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The Mountain West announced its 2015 Softball All-Conference teams and postseason awards today as selected by the league’s nine head coaches. San Diego State senior left fielder Lorena Bauer was named MW Player of the Year, while Fresno State junior right-hander Jill Compton earned Pitcher of the Year honors. Fresno State junior catcher Paige Gumz garnered Defensive Player of the Year accolades and San Diego State catcher Jenavee Peres was named Freshman of the Year. Fresno State head coach Trisha Ford captured MW Coach of the Year honors.

PLAYER OF THE YEAR
LORENA BAUER, SAN DIEGO STATE
Senior, Left Fielder, San Diego, California / Steele Canyon HS

  • Led the Conference in batting average (.519), slugging percentage (1.127), on-base percentage (.587), hits (41), runs batted in (37), home runs (13) and total bases (89).
  • Struck out just six times in 79 plate appearances.
  • Walked 13 times, which was tied for sixth-best in the MW.
  • Had two or more hits in 14 of the Aztecs’ 24 league games, including a 4-for-4, seven-RBI performance in a 16-2, five-inning win over Boise State on March 28.
  • In the field, committed just one error to go along with one assist and 13 putouts.
  • Bauer is the second player from San Diego State to win the MW Player of the Year award, joining Patrice Jackson, who took home the honor in 2013.

PITCHER OF THE YEAR
JILL COMPTON, FRESNO STATE
Junior, Right-handed Pitcher, Oceano, California / Arroyo Grande HS

  • Topped the MW in earned run average (1.66), opposing batting average (.204) and strikeouts (111). Was second in wins (16), games started (18) and third in innings pitched (109.2).
  • Appeared in 21 of the Bulldogs’ 24 Conference games.
  • Was named MW Pitcher of the Week five times (March 24, April 6, 14, 21 and 28) during MW action.
  • Pitched five shutouts and allowed two or fewer runs in 14 of her 18 starts.
  • Struck out 10 batters on April 19 versus Boise State and followed that up with 11 punch-outs in her next start on April 24 against Nevada. Fresno State won the two games by a combined score of 11-0 as Compton went the distance in both.
  • Compton is the first pitcher from Fresno State to earn the MW Pitcher of the Year accolade since the Bulldogs entered the Conference in 2012.

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
PAIGE GUMZ, FRESNO STATE
Junior, Catcher, Chino Hills, California / Chino Hills HS

  • The junior backstop was tied for the league lead with a perfect fielding percentage (1.000) in Conference play.
  • Recorded 136 putouts and started all 24 MW games for the Bulldogs.
  • Had 31 putouts in a three-game span from April 19-25.
  • Allowed just two passed balls on the year.
  • Offensively, batted .260 and drove in 19 runs.

FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR
JENAVEE PERES, SAN DIEGO STATE
Freshman, Catcher, Garden Grove, California / Garden Grove HS

  • Ranked second in the Conference in runs batted in with 25.
  • Started all 24 league games and posted a .384 batting average with 28 hits, six doubles, five home runs and 12 bases on balls.
  • Had 82 putouts and allowed just three passed balls.
  • Threw out six attempted base stealers, the second-highest total in league play.
  • Becomes the eighth player from San Diego State (2002, ‘03, ‘06, ‘09, ’11, ’12, ‘13) to claim Freshman of the Year honors.

COACH OF THE YEAR
TRISHA FORD, FRESNO STATE

  • Earns her first MW Coach of the Year honor after guiding Fresno State to its first Conference title with a 20-4 record in league play.
  • The Bulldogs earned the MW’s automatic bid to the NCAA tournament and will be making their 35th appearance (first since 2011) in the NCAA Women’s Softball Championship.
2015 Mountain West Softball All-Conference First Team
Name Cl. Pos. Institution
Jill Compton** Jr. RHP Fresno State
Brenna Moss** Sr. CF Fresno State
Megan Sweet* Jr. SS Nevada
Brandi Heimburg* Sr. OF New Mexico
Lorena Bauer* Sr. LF San Diego State
Kayla Jordan* Sr. CF San Diego State
Jenavee Peres Fr. C San Diego State
Erica Romero So. RHP San Diego State
Jessie Hufstetlerr* Jr. 1B San José State
Allison Lang Sr. P San José State
Jessica Madrid Sr. LF San José State
Garie Blando* Jr. SS UNLV
Sam Juarez* Sr. OF UNLV
Hailey Froton Sr. 1B/OF Utah State
Noelle Johnson Jr. P/DP Utah State
2015 Mountain West Softball All-Conference Second Team
Name Cl. Pos. Institution
Devon Bridges** Sr. DP Boise State
Jordan Kreiger* Sr. 2B Boise State
Haley Hutton So. SS Colorado State
Hannah Harris* Jr. RHP Fresno State
Malia Rivers So. IF Fresno State
Whitney Smith Jr. 2B Fresno State
Michelle Solomon Sr. OF Fresno State
Kierra Willis* So. OF Fresno State
Karley Hopkins* Sr. 2B Nevada
Mariah Rimmer Jr. OF New Mexico
Michelle Cox Sr. RF San José State
Nicole Schultz Sr. CF San José State
Emily Haslinger** Jr. C UNLV
Sarah Chow Jr. OF Utah State
Alleyah Armendariz So. OF Utah State

Player of the Year: Lorena Bauer, Sr., LF, San Diego State

Pitcher of the Year: Jill Compton, Jr., RHP, Fresno State

Defensive Player of the Year: Paige Gumz, Jr., C, Fresno State

Freshman of the Year: Jenavee Peres, C, San Diego State

Coach of the Year: Trisha Ford, Fresno State

**= three-time honoree *= two-time honoree