Tech Lands Four on All-WAC Team

May 5, 2008 RUSTON – Sophomore Jessica Kirby was named first-team All-Western Athletic Conference while three of her teammates earned second team honors as voted on by the league coaches and released by the WAC office Tuesday.

Kirby earned first team all-WAC honors at utility (non-pitcher) while teammates Amberly Waits (shortstop), Krissi Oliver (utility-pitcher) and Regan Clark (catcher) were all voted to the second team.

In a season where Tech won 31 games and registered its first winning season since 1999, the league coaches recognized the program's success as the four honorees tied for the most by a Lady Techster team since joining the WAC in 2001.

Tech also had four all-WAC performers in 2004 and 2006.

After seeing action in only nine games as a true freshman, Kirby exploded onto the scene this year and recorded a .270 batting average with nine doubles, seven home runs and 28 RBI. In WAC-only games, the Spring, Texas native batted .310 with a league-best five home runs and 10 RBI. Clark earned her second all-WAC accolade after being named first team all-league as a sophomore in 2006. The lone senior on this year's Tech team provided leadership on and off the field. She batted .281 with 13 doubles, three home runs and 33 RBI.

In WAC-only games, Clark batted .286 with seven doubles, two home runs and 12 RBI. Oliver earned her first all-league honor and rightly so. The Glendale, Arizona native was instrumental in Tech's success both in the circle and at the plate. Oliver registered a 16-13 mark with a 2.42 earned run average while batting .266 with seven doubles, five home runs and 26 RBI.

In WAC-only games, Oliver was 5-6 with a 3.52 ERA while batting .313 with two doubles, two home runs and eight RBI. She also recorded two game-winning hits in the series sweep of Utah State.

Waits led Tech offensively all season long. The sophomore from Cleburne, Texas batted .391 with 10 doubles, nine triples, seven home runs, 38 runs scored and 39 RBI. She also led the team with 19 stolen bases on the season. Waits set program single season records for total bases (117), triples (9) and hits (68) while possibly setting the single season record for batting average (.391 entering WAC Tournament).

In WAC-only games, Waits batted .385 with one double, three triples and five RBI while scoring eight runs.


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