Natasha Watley Sweeps National Player of the Week Honors With NFCA Award

March 12, 2003

UCLA shortstop Natasha Watley has been named the Louisville Slugger/NFCA National Player of the Week for the week of March 3-9. Watley was named the USA Softball/ESPN.com Collegiate Player of the Week on Tuesday, giving her a sweep of the two national Player of the Week awards.

Watley led the Bruins with an 11-for-14 (.786) performance at the plate. The senior belted seven RBI's and a triple while stealing eight bases on the weekend as UCLA went 4-1 at the Hedrick's Halllowell Chevrolet Classic and raised her season batting average by 44 points during weekend play.

Watley had at least two hits in each of UCLA's five games last weekend, and had at least one stolen base in each game.

Against BYU, she went 2-for-3 with 3 RBI's including a two-run triple. Watley had another 3-RBI game in the Bruins' win over St. John's.

Against Cal Poly and Fresno State, Watley was perfect at the plate, going 3-for-3 and scoring two runs against Cal Poly while going 2-for-2 with three runs against the Bulldogs.

On the season, the senior leads the nation's top-ranked team with a .532 batting average.

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