Softball Player/Pitcher of the Week (4/16/01)

April 16, 2001

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WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - UCLA shortstop Natasha Watley has been named Pac-10 Player of the Week while Arizona's Jennie Finch was named Pitcher of the Week for Apr. 9 - 15, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced today.

Watley, a sophomore from Irvine, Calif., extended her consecutive games hitting streak to 24 over the weekend against No. 13 Washington. She went 5-for-10 (.500) with three runs scored, a double, one RBI and one stolen base (36th of the season, which leads the Pac-10 and extends the UCLA single-season record). Watley also posted a .600 slugging percentage and a .500 on-base percentage while hitting second in the lineup. Defensively, she was perfect on eight chances with five putouts and three assists.

Finch, a junior from La Mirada, Calif., played a major role in the `Cats two victories over rival and eighth-ranked Arizona State last week. In the two games against the Sun Devils, she captured both wins, allowing just three hits while striking out 15 batters and posting an 0.00 ERA. On April 13, Finch pitched all 11 innings to grab a 3-0 win, adding the game-winning three-run home run in the process. Finch now owns a 16-0 record with a Conference-leading 0.35 ERA. She is also hitting .339 with 10 home runs on the season.

It is the second weekly honor for Watley, UCLA's 56th overall. Finch garners the fourth award of her career, giving Arizona 70 honors all-time.

Also nominated for Player of the Week were: Kristen Morley, CAL. Shelly Prochaska, OSU. Jenny Shideler, STAN.

Also nominated for Pitcher of the Week were: Jocelyn Forest, CAL. Crystal Draper, OSU. Dana Sorensen, STAN. Amanda Freed, 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. 3/12 - Stacey Nuveman, UCLA. 3/19 - Pauline Duenas, CAL. 3/26 - Traci Feldt, OSU. 4/2 - Kristen Swetel, ASU. 4/9 - Erica Beach, ASU. 4/16 - Natasha Watley, UCLA.

2001 PAC-10 PITCHER SELECTIONS: 2/12 - Kirsten Voak, ASU. 2/19 - Maureen LeCocq, STAN. Dana Sorensen, STAN. 3/5 - Amanda Freed, UCLA. 3/12 - Jocelyn Forest, CAL. 3/19 - Tia Bollinger, WASH. 3/26 - Jocelyn Forest, CAL. 4/2 - Dana Sorensen, STAN. 4/9 - Kirsten Voak, ASU. 4/16 - Jennie Finch, ARIZ.

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