Following a season where it posted the fewest losses in program history and the most wins since 2009, the Nevada softball team placed five players onto the 2016 All-Mountain West team, the conference announced on Tuesday.
Senior shortstop Megan Sweet and freshman pitcher Brooke Bolinger were named to the first team while senior outfielder Jasmine Jenkins, sophomore first baseman Jennifer Purcell and sophomore outfielder Aaliyah Gibson were voted to the second team.
Nevada’s five honorees matched San Jose State for the second-most players on this year’s All-MW team. League-champion Fresno State placed seven. The five selections are the most for the Wolf Pack since the 2009 NCAA Regional squad that saw six players named to the postseason All-WAC team.
Sweet wrapped up a stellar four-year career in Reno by hitting .403 with a .778 slugging percentage in conference games this season. Her 27 RBI ranked seventh in the MW in league play and her seven home runs tied for sixth. The Bakersfield, Calif., native joins Nevada greats Noelle Micka, Kim Silagyi, Brittany Puzey and Candice Rainwater as the only three-time all-conference selections in program history.
The first freshman pitcher in program history to be named to an all-conference team, Bolinger went 7-4 with 56 strikeouts in MW play, good enough for third in the conference. Bolinger’s impressive .254 opponent’s batting average and 77.0 innings pitched each ranked second in the Mountain West.
Jenkins collects her second postseason accolade after being named All-MW as a freshman in 2013. Before suffering a season-ending injury against San Jose State on April 24, Jenkins was hitting .391 and finished tied for second on the team with a .481 on-base percentage in Mountain West play. The senior registered six multi-hit games in the 15 conference contests she played in.
Purcell, who became one of the most feared hitters in the Mountain West this season, hit .391, knocked in 20 runs and tied for sixth with seven home runs in conference play. The Carson City native’s .859 slugging percentage was the fourth-highest clip in conference tilts in 2016 while her nine doubles tied for first.
The reigning Mountain West Player of the Week, Gibson led the Wolf Pack and ranked seventh in the Mountain West with a .423 batting average in league play. The Austin, Texas native recorded four doubles, three triples, three home runs and 15 RBI and on March 29 at San Diego State, she became the first player in program history to hit for the cycle.