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Gatlin, Petmecky Tabbed Second Team All-Conference

May 17, 2017

Mountain West Release

LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) - UNLV Softball landed two players on the Mountain West Softball All-Conference teams, announced by the league office Wednesday afternoon. Senior Brianna Gatlin and junior Janine Petmecky were both second team selections after the pair led the team at the plate during the 2017 campaign.

Gatlin, from La Quinta, Calif., joined the Rebels this past fall after transferring to UNLV from Utah Valley. In her one season here, she made an immediate impact, starting all 52 games as a versatile utility player for the Rebels, playing in the infield, outfield and as the designated player. Her .335 batting average, 52 hits, 28 RBI and four home runs all ranked second on the team while her 31 runs scored and 13 doubles led all Rebels in 2017. She started the season reaching base for the first 17 games in a row - the longest on-base streak on the team in 2017 - and recorded a seven-game hitting streak during that run. Her offensive prowess came as no surprise as she had recorded 15 home runs, 84 RBI and a career batting average of .319 in her three seasons at Utah Valley, with her batting average ranking seventh all-time in Wolverine history. Gatlin is majoring in Interdisciplinary Studies at UNLV and will graduate next year.

Petmecky, a native of Riverside, Calif., has been a mainstay in the UNLV lineup since her freshman campaign in 2015. This season, she started all 52 games for the Rebels, primarily in left field, and led the team in batting average (.344), hits (55) and RBI (29), while finishing second in doubles (8) and tied for third in home runs (3). Her batting average, hits and RBI were also all career highs. Petmecky ended the season on a team-high 12-game hitting streak and had a 16-game on-base streak earlier in the year. She also recorded the Rebels' only walk-off home run in a 6-5 come-from-behind victory over Weber State on Feb. 17 at Eller Media Stadium in the DeMarini Classic. In three years, Petmecky has made 128 starts with 121 hits, 67 RBI and 45 runs scored, so she will surely be looked upon to lead the team in 2018.

This is the first-career Mountain West honors for both Gatlin and Petmecky. The awards mark the 50th and 51st Mountain West All-Conference selections for the program since joining the league prior to the 2000 season.

The Rebels finished the 2017 season at 25-27 overall and 8-16 in Mountain West play.

Full Mountain West honorees included below:

2017 Mountain West All-Conference First Team
Name                                  Team                                  Pos.                  Cl.
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.                  Cl.
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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