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Five Nevada softball players earn All-Mountain West honors

Chelie Senini
Chelie Senini was named first-team All-Mountain West as a redshirt freshman. (David Calvert/Nevada athletics)

Five Nevada softball players earned All-Mountain West honors Wednesday.

Senior Sadaria McAlister and freshman Chelie Senini were named first-team All-Mountain West players while senior Haley Burda, sophomore Kendall Fritz and freshman Sam Oliver earned second-team All-MW accolades.

McAlister, a McQueen High alum, put together a standout senior season, starting in all 37 games in center and batting .336. McAlister ranks first on the team in stolen bases, total bases, doubles, triples, slugging percentage and walks. McAlister also ranks second on the team in runs scored and hits and is third in batting average. McAlister ranked top 10 in the conference in stolen bases (second), doubles (third), on-base percentage (fourth), triples (fifth), runs (eighth) and batting average (ninth). In addition, McAlister claimed program records in career stolen bases (53) and single season stolen bases (22). It is her second first-team All-MW conference honor.

Senini, a Bishop Manogue High alum, had a breakthrough redshirt freshman year, starting in all 37 games in right and batting .331. Senini ranked third in the conference in hits (45), third in stolen bases (19), fourth in total plate appearances (146), sixth in runs scored (28) and 11th in batting average. Senini recorded a conference-only .349 batting average. Senini’s 19 single-season steals are tied for second in program history. It is Senini’s first all-conference honor.

Burda claimed her first all-conference accolade after batting .311 with 28 hits, 23 RBIs, 12 runs scored and three home runs. A catcher, Burda registered a 1.000 fielding percentage. Additionally, Burda has posted a conference-only .349 batting average, which ranks second on Nevada. Burda has thrown out eight runners in conference play, third in the conference.

Fritz, the Wolf Pack ace, tabbed her first all-conference honor after posting an 11-5 overall record and 6-3 MW mark. Fritz ranks first in the conference in saves (four), fourth in strikeouts (110), fourth in wins (11), fifth in innings pitched (123.2), seventh in ERA (3.06) and seventh in opposing batting average (.255). Fritz was the MW Pitcher of the Week twice this season. Fritz also tossed 20.2 consecutive innings without allowing a run this spring.

Oliver, a true freshman, grabbed her first all-conference award after a standout conference performance. In 14 MW games, Oliver registered a .395 average with 15 hits, 13 RBIs, four runs and three home runs while posting a .658 slugging percentage and .439 on-base percentage. In 32 games this season, Oliver has registered a .310 average with 26 hits, 17 RBI, eight runs and three home runs.

Nevada (22-15, 14-7 MW) finishes its regular season this weekend at Boise State with a doubleheader Friday and single game Saturday.

All-Mountain West teams

First team

Jordyn Hutchins, Fr., OF, Boise State

Bella Rocco, R-Fr., INF, Boise State

Tara Shadowen, Sr., OF, Colorado State

Hailey Dolcini, Sr., RHP, Fresno State

Keahilele Mattson, Fr., OF, Fresno State

Adrianna Noriega, So., OF, Fresno State

Sadaria McAlister, Sr., OF, Nevada

Chelie Senini, Fr., OF, Nevada

Cameryn O’Grady, Sr., INF, New Mexico

Maggie Balint, Jr., RHP, San Diego State

Shelby Thompson, Sr., INF, San Diego State

Denise Armendariz, Jr., INF, UNLV

Jenny Bressler, Jr., RHP, UNLV

Justine Federe, Sr., INF, UNLV

Zaia Castruita, Fr., INF, Utah State

Second team

Ashlyn Adams, Sr., OF, Boise State

Hannah Bailey, Jr., RHP, Boise State

Sara Johnson, So., LHP, Boise State

Julia Cabral, So., RHP, Colorado State

Haley Donaldson, Gr., INF, Colorado State

Ashley Michelena, Sr., OF, Colorado State

Kaitlyn Jennings, Sr., OF, Fresno State

Haley Burda, Sr., C, Nevada

Kendall Fritz, So., RHP, Nevada

Sam Oliver, Fr., INF, Nevada

Taylor Adams, Jr., INF, San Diego State

Jillian Celis, Fr., INF, San Diego State

Mia Trejo, Sr., INF, UNLV

Kennedy Hira, Sr., INF, Utah State

Stephanie Reed, Sr., OF, Utah State

Players of the year

Player of the Year – Keahilele Mattson, Fr., OF, Fresno State

Pitcher of the Year – Hailey Dolcini, Sr., RHP, Fresno State

Defensive Player of the Year – Shelby Thompson, Sr., SS, San Diego State

Co-Freshman of the Year – Keahilele Mattson, Fr., OF, Fresno State/Bella Rocco, R-Fr., INF, Boise State

Coach of the Year – Kristie Fox, UNLV

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