LOGAN, Utah - Three Utah State softball players have earned all-Mountain West accolades, announced by the league Wednesday, as freshman pitcher Kellie White earned first-team honors, and senior second baseman Victoria Saucedo and freshman outfielder Riley Plogger were named to the second team.
This is the third-straight season the Aggies have garnered at least three all-conference accolades. White is the first USU freshman to earn first-team honors since Saucedo did so in 2014, and is just the sixth freshman in program history to do so. This is the third all-conference honor for Saucedo, who was named the Mountain West Freshman of the Year and to the first team in 2014, while she picked up second-team recognition a year ago.
In her debut year in the circle, White quickly made a name for herself. She finished the year with a 9-4 individual record against conference opponents, going 18-6 overall. She has the second-most wins of any freshman pitcher in school history, behind Mary Lou Ramm who went 27-12 in her freshman season. White ranked fourth among all pitchers in the conference in league play with a 3.25 ERA, pitching 90.1 innings. She tallied 47 strikeouts in Mountain West play, while allowing 42 earned runs.
Plogger also had a strong freshman campaign, as she hit a team-high .367 (22-of-60) in Mountain West play. She tallied 14 RBIs while scoring 15 runs of her own. In the outfield, Plogger tallied 30 putouts and two assists and was one of 12 conference players to have a perfect fielding percentage through league play.
Saucedo earns the third all-conference honor of her career, as she hit .311 (23-of-74) against Mountain West opponents. In conference play, Saucedo had a team-high 23 hits, including five doubles and three home runs. She was also strong defensively for the Aggies, finishing the conference season with 46 putouts and 36 assists, while committing only two errors. She is the fifth Utah State player to earn three or more all-conference honors, and the first to do so since DeAnna Earsley, whose career ended in 1993. Saucedo secured a spot on several career and single-season record lists this season, including taking the top spot on the all-time runs and total bases lists, along with the second-place hold in home runs and RBIs.
San Diego State junior catcher Jenavee Peres was named the Mountain West Player of the Year, while Fresno State picked up its third-straight Pitcher of the Year honor in sophomore Kamalani Dung. Colorado State senior shortstop Haley Hutton was named the Defensive Player of the Year, while SDSU shortstop Shelby Thompson was given the Freshman of the Year accolade. San José State head coach Peter Turner earned the Coach of the Year honor after leading his team to its first league title since joining the Mountain West.
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2017 Mountain West All-Conference First Team Name Team Pos. Yr. Rebekah Cervantes* Boise State SS So. Haley Hutton* Colorado State SS Sr. Kamalani Dung Fresno State RHP So. Morgan Howe Fresno State OF So. Aaliyah Gibson Nevada OF Jr. Erika Hansen Nevada OF Jr. Sydnee Cable San Diego State 1B Sr. Zaria Meshack San Diego State OF Jr. Jenavee Peres* San Diego State C Jr. Molly Sturdivant San Diego State 3B So. Shelby Thompson San Diego State SS Fr. Madison Aurin San José State 1B So. Cassidy Clark San José State 2B Fr. Katelyn Linford San José State RHP Sr. Kellie White Utah State RHP Fr.
2017 Mountain West All-Conference Second Team Name Team Pos. Yr. Morgan Lamb Boise State DP So. Hannah McCorkhill Colorado State 1B Jr. Vanessa Hernandez Fresno State OF So. Malia Rivers*** Fresno State DP Sr. Kenzi Goins Nevada 1B Fr. McKenna Isenberg Nevada RHP Sr. Chelsea Johnson New Mexico C/DP Jr. Katie Byrd San Diego State 2B R-So. Georgia Blair San José State RF Fr. Chelsea Jenner San José State LF Sr. Colette Riggs San José State RHP Sr. Brianna Gatlin UNLV OF Sr. Janine Petmecky UNLV OF Jr. Riley Plogger Utah State OF Fr. Victoria Saucedo** Utah State 2B Sr. Player of the Year: Jenavee Peres, Jr., C, San Diego State Pitcher of the Year: Kamalani Dung, So., RHP, Fresno State Defensive Player of the Year: Haley Hutton, Sr., SS, Colorado State Freshman of the Year: Shelby Thompson, SS, San Diego State Coach of the Year: Peter Turner, San José State ***= three-time second-team honoree **= two-time second-team honoree *= two-time first-team honoree
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