Uchida reaps WAC honors

Utah State's freshman phenom finishes her inaugral college campaign with the ninth highest batting average in the Western Athletic Conference.

May 29, 2011|By Andrew Shortall,

GLENDALE — The following are updates on local athletes at the collegiate level.

Kassy Uchida (Burbank High, 2010) Utah State softball, freshman: Uchida was on a tear coming into the month of May, then she suffered a concussion in practice. She sat out a three-game series against the University of Nevada to open the month, but didn't miss a beat once she got back out on the field.

The freshman's batting average kept increasing all season and stopped at .346 (53 for 153), which was the ninth highest in the Western Athletic Conference and second best for Utah State. She hit two home runs, scored 18 runs and had 11 runs batted in.


The Burbank graduate also posted a .431 slugging and .401 on-base percentage and was one of three Aggies selected to the all-WAC second team. She posted a .383 batting average in conference play, tying for a team-high in hits (23) against conference opponents.

As a team, Utah State didn't fare as well as Uchida. The Aggies finished the season 15-42 overall (8-13 in conference). Utah State advanced to the WAC tournament, but was bounced in the first two games after losing to the University of Hawai`i, 6-1, on May 11 and Louisiana Tech, 4-1, on May 12. Uchida continued to shine in the postseason, though, going three for five with a run scored.

Danny Casey (Glendale Community College, 2009) Concordia University, Irvine baseball, senior: Concordia suffered its first loss of the postseason against Embry-Riddle in the National Assn. of Intercollegiate Athletics World Series in Lewiston, Ida. on Saturday. Concordia came out strong against Embry-Riddle, the top seeded team in the tournament, jumping out to a 3-0 lead, but Embry-Riddle answered back with nine straight runs, including a four-run seventh, to win the game, 9-3.

Casey cooled off Saturday, failing to get a hit in the game, after going two for three and scoring three runs against Faulkner University on Friday. He got on base to start the top of the ninth inning after getting hit by a pitch. He stole stole second but was stranded to end the game. The former GCC player is hitting .283 (42 for 148) with 24 runs, 26 runs batted in and nine stolen bases.

Concordia (39-19) will look to keep its season alive in the double-elimination tournament against third-seeded Oklahoma Baptist at 8:30 a.m. on Monday.

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