Updated May 14, 2012
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - ARIZONA senior outfielder Karissa Buchanan was named Pac-12 Softball Player of the Week, and CALIFORNIA senior Valerie Arioto was named Pac-12 Softball Pitcher of the Week for May 7-13, Commissioner Larry Scott announced today.
Buchanan batted .800 (8-for-10) in Arizona’s series victory over Oregon State, and saved one of her best career games for Senior Day. In her 200th career start on Saturday, Buchanan recorded a season-high four hits (4-for-4) and three stolen bases as Wildcats won 3-1. She finished the series with one RBI and three runs scored. Buchanan is hitting .330 on the season and leads Arizona with a 19 stolen bases on 19 attempts.
Arioto pitched the Golden Bears to the Pac-12 championship, improving her record to 20-2 this spring. With the Conference title on the line, Arioto pitched seven innings of shutout work, fanning 11 Sun Devils and giving up just one walk in the 5-0 win. With a 0.00 ERA on Friday, she now has a 1.22 ERA on the season, limiting opponents to a .191 batting average. Cal claimed its second outright league crown and first since 1987. The Bears were co-champions in 2005.
This is the first Player of the Week honor for Buchanan and Arizona’s 137th all-time. Arioto has won three Player of the Week awards this season, but this is her first Pitcher of the Week. It is Cal’s 80th weekly award.
Arizona is the No. 13 seed in the NCAA Tournament and will host North Dakota State on Friday. Cal earned the tournament’s top seed and begins the postseason at home against Iona.
Also Nominated (Player): Taylor Haro, ASU; Valerie Arioto, CAL; Samantha Pappas, ORE; Dani Gilmore, OSU; Ashley Hansen, STAN; B.B. Bates, UCLA.
Also Nominated (Pitcher): Dallas Escobedo, ASU; Jessica Moore, ORE; Marina Demore, OSU; Nyree White, STAN; Jessica Hall, UCLA.
2012 Pac-12 Players of the Week: Feb. 14 – Valerie Arioto, RS Sr., P/1B, CAL; Feb. 21 – Valerie Arioto, RS Sr., P/UTIL, CAL; Feb. 28 – Brigette Del Ponte, Jr., 3B, ARIZ; Mar. 6 – Katelyn Boyd, Sr., SS, ASU; Mar. 13 – Katelyn Boyd, Sr., SS, ASU; Mar. 19 – Kaitlin Inglesby, So., P/DP, WASH; Mar. 26 – Valerie Arioto, RS Sr., P/1B, CAL; Apr. 2 – Jamia Reid, Sr., OF, CAL; Apr. 9 – Samantha Pappas, Jr., OF, ORE; Apr. 16 – Stephany LaRosa, Fr., 3B, UCLA; Apr. 23 – Katelyn Boyd, Sr., SS, ASU; Apr. 30 – Katelyn Boyd, Sr., SS, ASU; May 7 – Cassandra Roulund, Fr., OF, STAN; May 14 – Karissa Buchanan, Sr., OF, ARIZ.
2012 Pac-12 Pitchers of the Week: Feb. 14 – Kaitlin Inglesby, So., WASH; Feb. 21 – Hillary Bach, Sr., ASU; Feb. 28 – Teagan Gerhart, Jr., STAN; Mar. 6 – Hillary Bach, Sr., ASU; Mar. 13 – Jolene Henderson, Jr., CAL; Mar. 19 – Generra Nielson, Sr., UTAH; Mar. 26 – Jolene Henderson, Jr., CAL; Apr. 2 – Jolene Henderson, Jr., CAL; Apr. 9 – Hillary Bach, Sr., ASU; Apr. 16 – Shelby Babcock, So., ARIZ; Apr. 23 – Jolene Henderson, Jr., CAL; Apr. 30 – Jolene Henderson, Jr., CAL; May 7 – Teagan Gerhart, Jr., STAN; May 14 – Valerie Arioto, Sr., CAL.