Softball Player/Pitcher of the Week (3/5/01)

March 5, 2001

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WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - ARIZONA first baseman Leneah Manuma has been named Pac-10 Player of the Week while UCLA pitcher Amanda Freed was named Pitcher of the Week for Feb. 26 - Mar. 4, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced today.

Manuma, a sophomore from San Diego, Calif., had a batting average of .600 during the week, tallying three home runs, 6 RBI and nine hits for the No. 2 Wildcats (27-0).

Against No. 23 Baylor, Manuma went 2-for-2 with 1 RBI and two runs scored. She went on to hit back-to-back home runs while also knocking in four of the Cats' six runs in a win over No. 5 and defending National Champion Oklahoma. On the season, Manuma has a .438 batting average along with 11 home runs, 34 RBI and a slugging percentage of 1.000. As a team, Arizona has hit 68 home runs thus far in the season, just 32 shy of the NCAA record of 100 (Arizona, 1995).

Freed, a junior from Cypress, Calif., faced the minimum number of batters in 12 innings pitched throughout the week, pitching a five-inning one-hitter on Saturday (Mar. 3) against South Florida and her first career seven-inning no-hitter against UNLV on Sunday (Mar. 4) for the top-ranked Bruins (26-0).

In the win over South Florida, Freed struck out eight, walking just one. She went on to strike out five and walk the leadoff batter in the fourth inning against UNLV, the only blemish on an otherwise perfect game. It was her third career no-hitter and UCLA's 75th all-time.

It is the first weekly honor for Manuma, Arizona's Pac-10 leading 69th honor. Freed garners the fourth award of her career giving UCLA 54 honors all-time.

Also nominated for Player of the Week were: Eryn Manahan, CAL. Shawna Feldt, OSU. Jessica Mendoza, STAN. Stacey Nuveman, UCLA. Kelly Hauxhurst, WASH.

Also nominated for Pitcher of the Week were: Becky Lemke, ARIZ. Jocelyn Forest, CAL. Dana Sorensen, STAN. Tia Bollinger, UCLA.

2001 PAC-10 PLAYER SELECTIONS: 2/12 - Christie Rosenblad, WASH. 2/19 - Tairia Mims, UCLA. 2/26 - Sarah Beeson, STAN. 3/5 - Leneah Manuma, ARIZ.

2001 PAC-10 PITCHER SELECTIONS: 2/12 - Kirsten Voak, ASU. 2/19 - Maureen LeCocq, STAN. Dana Sorensen, STAN. 3/5 - Amanda Freed, UCLA.

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