Mountain West Announces 2016 Softball All-Conference Teams And Individual Honors
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The Mountain West announced its 2016 Softball All-Conference teams and postseason awards today as selected by the league’s nine head coaches. Fresno State junior outfielder Kierra Willis was named MW Player of the Year, while Bulldogs’ senior right-hander Jill Compton earned Pitcher of the Year honors for the second year in a row. Fresno State senior catcher Paige Gumz is the Defensive Player of the Year for the second-straight season. Fresno State head coach Trisha Ford was also named MW Coach of the Year for the second-consecutive year. Boise State infielder Rebekah Cervantes was named Freshman of the Year.
The MW All-Conference teams are headlined by four-time first-team honoree Compton. The Fresno State right hander becomes the 10th player in league history to be named to the First Team four times and the first since UNLV’s Ashli Holland from 2008-11. Joining Compton as repeat first-team All-MW selections are Megan Sweet of Nevada, along with Jessie Hufstetler and Jessica Madrid of San José State.
PLAYER OF THE YEAR
KIERRA WILLIS, FRESNO STATE
Senior, Outfielder, Pleasant Hill, California / Clayton Valley Charter
- Led the MW in runs scored (40), on-base percentage (.574) and walks (20).
- Tied for fourth in base hits with 32.
- Finished fifth in league play in batting average (.451), slugging percentage (.845) and RBIs (30).
- Recorded at least one hit in 18 of the 23 league contests, including 13 multiple-hit games.
- Scored a run in all but three Conference contests.
- Registered multiple RBIs in nine MW tilts.
- Struck out just six times in 71 at-bats.
- In the field, committed just one error to go along with two assists and 29 putouts.
- Becomes the first Bulldog to earn MW Player of the Year honors.
- Named MW Player of the Week once during Conference play (May 10).
PITCHER OF THE YEAR
JILL COMPTON, FRESNO STATE
Senior, Right-Handed Pitcher, Oceano, California / Arroyo Grande HS
- Topped the Conference in five categories, including wins (15), strikeouts (78), innings pitched (103.2), games started (16) and appearances (20).
- Finished third in the league in ERA (3.51) and fourth in opponent batting average (.263).
- Tossed 14 complete games in 16 Conference starts.
- Allowed two earned runs or fewer in eight starts.
- Struck out at least one batter in 19 of 20 appearances, including 11 against Nevada on May 8.
- Garnered her second-consecutive MW Pitcher of the Year award.
- Becomes just the third player in league history to win two Pitcher of the Year honors.
- Earned MW Pitcher of the Week honors on April 19.
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
PAIGE GUMZ, FRESNO STATE
Senior, Catcher, Chino Hills, California / Chino Hills HS
- The senior backstop tied for the league lead with a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage in MW games.
- Started all 23 Conference games behind home plate for the Bulldogs.
- Recorded 125 putouts during league play, including 16 versus Utah State at home on April 15.
- Registered four defensive assists.
- Offensively, batted .329 with 15 RBIs and 15 runs scored.
FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR
REBEKAH CERVANTES, BOISE STATE
Freshman, Infielder, Visalia, California / Redwood HS
- Finished in the top-10 in the Mountain West in five offensive categories, including second in home runs (10) and total bases (65).
- Ranked third in slugging percentage (.878), seventh in runs scored (23) and tied for ninth in batting average (.405).
- Started all 24 conference games with all but one of those starts coming at short stop.
- Scored 23 runs and drove in 24.
- Registered a hit in 18 of 24 Conference games.
- Knocked in five runs and scored three times versus Colorado State on April 2.
- Launched two home runs against Fresno State on March 29 and again versus San José State on May 8.
- Becomes the first Bronco to earn MW Freshman of the Year honors.
COACH OF THE YEAR
TRISHA FORD, FRESNO STATE
- Earns her second-consecutive MW Coach of the Year honor after guiding Fresno State to back-to-back Conference titles with a 22-1 record in league play.
- Fresno State opened league play with 22 consecutive wins to set a MW record.
- Its 22 wins in Conference play are the most in MW history.
- The Bulldogs earned the MW’s automatic bid to the NCAA tournament and will be making their 36th appearance in the NCAA Women’s Softball Championship.
Player of the Year: Kierra Willis, Jr., OF, Fresno State
Pitcher of the Year: Jill Compton, Sr., RHP, Fresno State
Defensive Player of the Year: Paige Gumz, Sr., C, Fresno State
Freshman of the Year: Rebekah Cervantes, SS/INF, Boise State
Coach of the Year: Trisha Ford, Fresno State
***= four-time honoree
**= two-time honoree
*= 16 players listed on All-Conference Second Team due to a tie in the voting.