Mountain West Announces 2017 Softball All-Conference Teams And Individual Honors
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The Mountain West announced its 2017 Softball All-Conference teams and postseason awards today as selected by the league’s nine head coaches. San Diego State junior catcher Jenavee Peres was named MW Player of the Year, while Fresno State sophomore right-hander Kamalani Dung earned Pitcher of the Year honors. Colorado State senior shortstop Haley Hutton is the Defensive Player of the Year, while another shortstop, San Diego State’s Shelby Thompson, was tabbed Freshman of the Year. San José State head coach Peter Turner was named MW Coach of the Year.
PLAYER OF THE YEAR
JENAVEE PERES, SAN DIEGO STATE
Junior, Catcher, Garden Grove, California / Garden Grove HS
- Led the Mountain West in seven different offensive categories, including batting average (.538), slugging percentage (.988), on-base percentage (.585), runs scored (32), hits (43), home runs (9) and total bases (79).
- Finished second in RBIs with 31 and third in doubles with seven.
- Set a MW single-season record for hits in Conference play, while recording the third-most total bases.
- Ranks fifth in single-season runs scored and batting average.
- Tallied a hit in all but one MW contest, including 18 straight to end the season.
- Notched at least one run scored in 22 of 24 Conference tilts and a RBI in 14.
- Registered 14 multiple-hit games, eight contests with more than one run scored and six with at least two runs batted in.
- Had 17 extra-base hits.
- Defensively, recorded 84 putouts and had 11 assists.
- Becomes the fourth player in San Diego State history to be named Mountain West Player of the Year.
- Is the third catcher in Conference history, and first since 2009, to earn the accolade.
- Named MW Player of the Week twice during league play (April 18, May 16).
PITCHER OF THE YEAR
KAMALANI DUNG, FRESNO STATE
Sophomore, Right-Handed Pitcher, Waianae, Hawaii / Kamehameha-Kapalama HS
- Topped the MW in six different pitching categories, including wins (13), ERA (2.04), innings pitched (120.0), strikeouts (99), opponent’s batting average (.217) and games started (17).
- Tossed 16 complete games in 17 Conference starts.
- Recorded three complete-game shutouts, while logging at least 5.0 innings pitched in 17 outings.
- Allowed two runs or fewer in 13 of 19 appearances.
- Struck out at least one batter in every appearance, including a season high 10 on May 11 against Colorado State.
- Ranks fourth in the MW record book in Conference-only innings pitched and strikeouts and moved into fifth in wins and games started.
- Garnered Fresno State’s third-consecutive MW Pitcher of the Year honor.
- Earned Conference Pitcher of the Week accolades in back-to-back weeks (May 2 and May 9).
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
HALEY HUTTON, COLORADO STATE
Senior, Shortstop, Platteville, Colorado / Valley HS
- Finished league play with a .936 field percentage, 68 defensive assists and 49 putouts.
- Ranked first overall in the Conference in assists and led all shortstops in putouts.
- Concluded the season ranked fifth in the MW in fielding double plays (9) and ninth in chances (125).
- Started all 24 league contests at shortstop for the Rams.
- Is the first Colorado State student-athlete to be named MW Defensive Player of the Year.
- Offensively, batted .372 with 30 runs scored and three RBIs.
FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR
SHELBY THOMPSON, SAN DIEGO STATE
Freshman, Shortstop, Benicia, California / Benicia HS
- Placed in the top 5 in the Mountain West in five offensive categories, including slugging percentage (3rd/.739), home runs (4th/6), batting average (5th/.391), RBIs (5th/21) and total bases (5th/51).
- Ranked 10th in on-base percentage at .475.
- Started all 24 Conference contests at shortstop for the Aztecs.
- Tallied at least one hit in 16 MW games.
- Recorded 11 extra-base hits.
- Registered at least one run in 12 league games and at least one RBI in 11 contests.
- Notched two home runs and four runs batted in on May 6 against UNLV.
- Becomes the ninth San Diego State player in Mountain West history to be named freshman of the year.
COACH OF THE YEAR
PETER TURNER, SAN JOSÉ STATE
- Earns first-career MW Coach of the Year honor after guiding San José State to its first Mountain West title in program history.
- The Spartans finished with a 16-8 league record.
- SJSU earned the MW’s automatic bid to the NCAA Division I Softball Championship.
- The Spartans will be making their fourth all-time appearance in the NCAA postseason and first since 2013.
- Helped six players earn MW All-Conference honors, including three first-team members in Madison Aurin, Cassidy Clark and Katelyn Linford.
• Boise State’s Rebekah Cervantes, Hutton and Peres each garner their second-career MW First-Team All-Conference nod.
• Hutton was also named to the all-Conference second team in 2014 and 2015, giving the senior four-career all-league awards.
• Nevada’s Aaliyah Gibson, Sydnee Cable of San Diego State and San José State’s Aurin all landed on the first team after being named to the second team in 2016.
• San Diego State’s five first-team selections are the most ever by a single team since the league moved to its current all-Conference format in 2014. Additionally, the eight underclassmen on the first team is the most in MW history.
• Fresno State’s Malia Rivers collected her third-consecutive second-team honor, while Victoria Saucedo of Utah State lands on the second-team squad for the second year in a row. Saucedo was also a first-team award recipient as a freshman in 2014.
• A 2016 MW First-Team All-Conference pick, New Mexico’s Chelsea Johnson received a spot on the second team this season.