Posted on: Wednesday, March 7, 2007
BYU softball's Snow earns conference honor
By Leila Wai and Stacy Kaneshiro
Advertiser Staff Writers
Brigham Young junior outfielder Emi Snow, a 2004 Kamehameha graduate, was named the Mountain West Conference Softball Player of the Week Feb. 20.
Snow hit .294 and drove in six runs while posting an .824 slugging percentage at the Louisville Slugger Desert Classic, with two home runs and three doubles.
Nebraska sophomore second baseman Kimberly Fuller (Roosevelt '05) batted 3 for 9 with two doubles and two RBIs at the UNLV Invitational this past weekend.
San Jose State senior outfielder Chris Balatico (Mililani '03) batted 4 for 6 with three runs scored in a 7-5 win against Santa Clara Friday, helping the Spartans split a home-and-home series with the Broncos.
San Diego State junior shortstop Troy Hanzawa (Mid-Pacific '03) was named to the all-tournament team at the Pacific State Bank Tiger Classic in Stockton, Calif., over the weekend. Hanzawa batted 5 for 11 with two runs and two RBIs. The Aztecs beat host Pacific and Baylor, but lost to San Francisco in the tournament.
Cal State Northridge senior shortstop Jonathan Sakurai ('Aiea '03) batted 4 for 11 with a steal and a double in a three-game series against Texas Tech, which took 2 of 3.
Southern Utah sophomore third baseman Chester Wilson (Saint Louis '05) hit his first home run of the season in a 4-2 loss to Gonzaga Saturday at the SPORTS Banana Belt Tournament in Lewiston, Idaho.
Northwestern State junior outfielder Dylan Libadisos ('Aiea '04) batted 3 for 4 with three RBIs in a 6-5 win at Houston Sunday.
Penn State sophomore infielder Landon Nakata (Punahou '05) made his first career collegiate start Sunday in a 5-4 loss to North Carolina, which is ranked No. 1 by Baseball America. Nakata went 1 for 5. Watching the game was former Hawai'i Rainbow Eric Tokunaga, who resides in Charlotte, N.C., and is an international scout for the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks.
NAIA Lewis-Clark State senior infielder Ikaika Lester (Moloka'i '01) batted 5 for 12 with a double and three runs in the SPORT Banana Belt Tournament in Lewiston, Idaho.
Division III Willamette senior first baseman Grant Yamaguchi (Mid-Pacific '03) is second on the team with a .368 batting average.
Chico State catcher Lorin Nakagawa (Moanalua '02) is second on the team with a .414 batting average (24 of 58) with two doubles, two home runs and 17 RBIs.
Chico State is the top-ranked Division II team in the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper poll.
Graceland (Iowa) senior Aaron Fuller (Kamehameha '02) batted 3 for 7 with four RBIs in a series split with William Woods (Mo.) Sunday.
Ohio State sophomore Steven Nozaki (Waiakea '05) was the team's top shooter at the Western Intercollegiate Rifle Conference Championships Feb. 24.
Nozaki finished 14th in smallbore rifle (551 points) and sixth in air rifle (381).
Vassar senior outside hitter Wayne Coito (Kamehameha '01 of Mililani) helped the team to a 30-22, 29-31, 38-36, 30-24 Senior Day win over Sacred Heart Friday.
Coito, who had eight kills and three blocks, won the match with a kill down the sideline.
Gonzaga junior guard Rachel Kane (Punahou '03) helped the Zags to their first West Coast Conference Tournament title and first-ever NCAA Tournament bid with a 64-47 victory over Loyola Marymount Sunday.
Kane had eight points, eight rebounds and a game-high seven assists in 37 minutes.
The first round of the NCAA Tournament begins the March 17 weekend.
Stanford freshman outside hitter Kawika Shoji ('Iolani '06) tallied 10 kills, one dig and one block in a 30-22, 30-23, 30-22 win over Quincy Monday in Stanford's second win (2-17) of the season.
Pacific freshman Jasmine Ching (Waiakea '06 of Hilo) shot a single-round 89 to finish tied for second at the George Fox Invitational Sunday at the par-72, 5,818-yard Chehalem Glenn Golf Course in Newberg, Ore.
Oregon senior Matt Ma ('Iolani '02 of 'Aiea) shot 74-78-74—226 to tie for 55th place at the USC Collegiate Invitational at the par-71, 6,742-yard North Ranch Country Club at West Lake Village, Calif.
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