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Menlo College softball players sweep Cal Pac weekly honors

 

Menlo College softball players Nicole Larson and Kimberly Wilburn were selected as the Cal Pac Conference Player and Pitcher of the Week, respectively. Larson had a big week at the plate to ignite the Oaks' offense while Wilburn turned in two solid performances in the circle, splitting her two decisions.

Larson capped an impressive campaign with an outstanding final week. The San Martin native went 11-for-23 (.478) over the six games the Oaks played last week.

As she has all season, Larson triggered the offense by scoring seven times and driving in seven, and she hit a pair of home runs, lifting her season mark to six.

Larson had a stellar season with the Oaks, ranking among the top four in the Cal Pac in 12 offensive categories, topping the list in three of those.

She led the Cal Pac in average (.466), slugging percentage (.724), and on-base percentage (.523). Larson was second in hits per game (1.42), RBI per game (0.79), total bases (84), stolen bases (26), in which she set a school record, and tied for second with six home runs.

The senior outfielder was third in hits (54) and tied for third in runs (37). She also ranked fourth in RBI (30) and doubles (10).

Larson's numbers rank her among the nation's elite as well. She ranks 15th in the NAIA in stolen bases per game (0.684), and the top 20 in several other categories.

Wilburn went 1-2 in her three starts last week, though her numbers were impressive. The freshman from Elk Grove tossed a total of 20 innings, surrendered 21 hits while walking seven and striking out seven.

In a 7-4 loss to Arizona Christian, Wilburn allowed three earned runs in her complete game effort. She followed that up with an 8-inning performance against BYU Hawaii in which she scattered 11 hits with only one walk, giving up just four earned runs in a 5-4 setback.

She finished her season with an 11-2 win over Holy Names, needing just five innings of work to pick up the victory.

For the season, Wilburn was 7-12 in 25 appearances, totaling 162 innings pitched. She was second in the Cal Pac, averaging 3.06 strikeouts per game, third in strikeouts with 51, fourth in ERA (6.72), innings pitched, and wins.

Baseball

Menlo College earned the No. 3 seed as the field was set for the NAIA West baseball championship tournament, presented by U.S. Bank, the conference office announced Monday.

Concordia University in Portland, Ore., hosts the tournament, which gets underway Friday.

The Cavaliers earned the top seed in the tournament finishing NAIA West play with a 19-9 record. The University of British Columbia is the No 2 seed and will meet the Oaks at 1 p.m. Friday. Corban University is seeded fourth and the College of Idaho is the No.5 seed.

The winner of the tournament will earn a bid to the NAIA National Championships.

— Palo Alto Online Sports/Menlo Athletics

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