Trio Of Rebels Earn All-Conference Honors|
May 16, 2018
@UNLVSoftball | Mountain West ReleaseMadison Anthony, Sr., INF, Boise State
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) - UNLV softball landed three players on the 2018 Mountain West All-Conference teams, announced by the league office Wednesday. Senior Janine Petmecky and freshman Mia Trejo were tabbed first team selections, while sophomore Reina Bondi was selected to the second team.
"These three players played a major role in us competing in the upper half of our conference," said head coach Kristie Fox. "Although it truly was a team effort, I am glad these players were recognized by the conference coaches. I think Janine left an amazing legacy this year as a Rebel and we are excited to have these two underclassmen returning next year."
This is the second career Mountain West honor for Petmecky, who was a second team selection as a junior in 2017, and the first for Trejo and Bondi. The awards mark the 52nd, 53rd and 54th all-conference selections for the program since joining the MW in 2000.
Petmecky, from Riverside, California, has a had a career year and her play this season is a significant reason for the Rebels' success in their first year under Fox. After not pitching a single inning a year ago, the right-hander returned to the circle and became UNLV's ace, going 19-7 with a 2.28 ERA and 140 strikeouts, which ranked first, third and third in the conference this season. Her 19 wins are second all-time on the UNLV single-season list, while her 140 strikeouts rank tied for seventh. She turned in a career-high 15 complete games and was responsible for five of the seven UNLV shutouts, which rank tied for fourth and tied for third, respectively, in a single season in program history. During a stretch of the non-conference slate, the senior won seven consecutive starts, then recently helped the Rebels finish the second half of the conference schedule strong, winning five of her last six starts to conclude the regular season.
The circle wasn't the only place Petmecky shined as she was one of UNLV's top producers as the plate as well, which is no surprise considering she led the Rebels in nearly every major offensive statistical category as a junior in 2017. She was in the top two of those categories again this year, including a team-best 53 hits, three triples and seven home runs to go along with a .331 average, 30 runs scored and 31 RBI, which were all second on the team. She also had a stellar finish to the year at the plate, going 15-for-21 (.714) with 10 runs scored, eight RBI, one double, one triple and three home runs as UNLV went 5-1 over the final two series. She recently became the first player in program history to earn a USA Softball National Collegiate Player of the Week honor after her stellar performance in leading UNLV to a historic sweep over Fresno State - the first over the Bulldogs in UNLV history. She also made MW history as she became just the second player all-time to earn conference player and pitcher of the week honors in the same week. It was her first career player of the week award and second pitcher of the week honor after she earned it earlier in the season on March 13.
Trejo, a Tucson, Arizona, native made a big impact in just her first collegiate season. The freshman earned the starting spot as the everyday first baseman and was impressive both in the field and at the plate. She started all 49 regular season games and led the team in batting average (.362), was second in hits (51) and doubles (9) and was third in RBI (28) and home runs (3). She came on particularly strong during conference play, with her .380 average a team best, to go along with 27 hits, seven doubles, one triple, one home run, 11 runs scored and 16 RBI. In UNLV's big road series wins over eventual MW champion Boise State and the sweep over third-place Fresno State, Trejo recorded two game-winning hits to catapult the Rebels to the series victories. The first came in game two at Boise State with the Rebels trailing 1-0 in the top of the seventh, Trejo was down to her last strike when she connected on a two-out two-run single to put UNLV on top for good and secure the series. With game one in Fresno tied 3-3 and Petmecky on third after a leadoff triple, Trejo delivered again with a single to score her from third and lift UNLV to the 4-3 win. Defensively, the freshman made just five errors in 396 chances - the most chances of anyone on the team - for a fielding percentage of .987 that was second only to senior catcher Brooke Stover, who didn't commit an error all season.
Bondi, also from Tucson, moved into a regular starting role this season after making 14 starts as a freshman a year ago. The outfielder played all three positions in 44 games played, but made most of her 39 starts at center and right. The sophomore made a big jump at the plate this year, ranking fourth on the team with .290 batting average, compared to a .197 clip last season. Her bat heated up during conference play, with her .338 average coming in at third-best on the team, along with 24 of her 31 hits, 10 of her 20 runs scored, five of her eight doubles and nine of her 14 RBI on the season. The speedy Bondi also stole five bases in seven attempts this season after going a perfect 10-for-10 a year ago. Defensively, Bondi committed just one error all season in 23 chances in the outfield.
The Rebels finished the regular season with a 31-18 record, marking their first 30-win campaign and best overall record since the 2010 squad went 33-20. UNLV closed out the season strong, winning 10 of its last 13 conference games to finish fourth in the league with five MW series wins on the year. The performance earned the Scarlet and Gray the No. 1 overall seed in the National Invitational Softball Championship (NISC), the softball version of the NIT, and are hosting a regional taking place Wednesday, May 16-18, at Eller Media Stadium.
UNLV's first game is set for this evening at 6 p.m.
Full all-conference honors below:
2018 Mountain West Softball All-Conference
Kelsey Broadus, So., RHP, Boise State
***Rebekah Cervantes, Jr., SS, Boise State
Alison Seng, Fr., INF, Boise State
Katie Castellon, Sr., SS, Fresno State
Danielle East, Fr., LHP, Fresno State
Hayleigh Galvan, So., C, Fresno State
Rachel Minogue, Jr., 1B, Fresno State
Kenzi Goins, So., 1B, Nevada
*Erika Hansen, Sr., OF Nevada
*Shelby Thompson, So., SS, San Diego State
*Madison Aurin, Jr., 1B/LHP, San José State
*Cassidy Clark, So., INF, San José State
Janine Petmecky, Sr., OF/DP/RHP, UNLV
Mia Trejo, Fr., 1B, UNLV
ShaeLee Pearson, Sr., INF/OF, Boise State
Makenzie Sullivan, Sr., INF, Boise State
Haley Donaldson, So., UT, Colorado State
Bridgette Hutton, Jr., RHP, Colorado State
Madison Kilcrease, Sr., OF, Colorado State
Sarah Muzik, Jr., INF, Colorado State
Amber Nelson, Jr., C, Colorado State
Samantha Mejia, So., RHP Fresno State
**Aaliyah Gibson, Sr., OF, Nevada
Lauren Gutierrez, Fr., SS, Nevada
Sierra Mello, So., 2B, Nevada
Andrea Howard, Fr., 1B, New Mexico
**Chelsea Johnson, Sr., DH, New Mexico
Reina Bondi, So., OF, UNLV
Brina Buttacavoli, Sr., C, Utah State
Individual Postseason Awards
Player of the Year – Rebekah Cervantes, Jr., SS, Boise State
Pitcher of the Year – Kelsey Broadus, So., RHP, Boise State
Defensive Player of the Year – Shelby Thompson, So., SS, San Diego State
Freshman of the Year – Alison Seng, Fr., INF, Boise State
Coach of the Year – Cindy Ball, Boise State
***=three-time first-team honoree
**= two-time second-team honoree
*= two-time first-team honoree