Clare Burnum Named Pacific-10 Conference Softball Player Of The Week
April 28, 2003
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - Just four days ago, Oregon State senior Clare Burnum said in an interview that she would like to be named Pacific-10 Conference Softball Player of the Week before ending her career at OSU. On Monday, Burnum got her wish, as she was named Pac-10 Player of the Week for April 21-27 by Commissioner Tom Hansen.
Burnum, from Canby, OR, led the Beavers offensive attack, hitting .500 (8-for-16) as OSU went 3-2 over the weekend. The third baseman had three home runs, six RBI, five runs scored, while drawing a pair of walks and adding a stolen base. Burnum was a perfect 2-for-2 in Oregon State's upset victory against No. 12 Arizona State, and homered in back-to-back at-bats in a double-header against Portland State, including a walk-off grand slam to end game-one.
Burnum leads the Beavers in runs scored on the season with 34 and ranks third on the squad with a .297 batting average. She has blasted a home run in four of the last six games.
The Pac-10 Player of the Week honor is the first for Burnum in her career and marks Oregon State's 21st all-time selection.
Burnum's success helped the Beavers garner Pac-10 Player of the Week honors for the second time in as many weeks, as senior Brynnen Guthrie was recognized for her efforts from April 15-20.
Oregon State needs two victories to secure a winning record on the season and remain eligible for its fifth straight NCAA Regional Tournament appearance. The Beavers will travel to Portland State for a non-conference double-header on Thursday. Game-one is scheduled to start at 4 p.m.