Michelle Smith Named Pac-10 Player of the Week
Feb. 23, 2005
Walnut Creek, Calif. - Stanford freshman third baseman Michelle Smith has been named the Pacific-10 Conference Softball Player of the Week, and UCLA freshman Anjelica Selden has been named Pitcher of the Week for Feb. 15-21, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced today.
Smith, from Agoura Hills, Calif., hit .429 (6-of-14) over the weekend, with four home runs, seven RBI and four runs scored in victories over Hofstra, Jacksonville, Seton Hall, South Florida and Florida A&M. She hit two home runs against host South Florida in a 6-4 Cardinal win. Smith led the team with 18 total bases and a 1.286 slugging percentage. She was perfect in the field with three putouts and 15 assists. On the year, Smith leads the Cardinal with seven home runs in 11 games.
Selden, from Vacaville, Calif., pitched a one-hit shutout with 16 strikeouts on Feb. 18 against No. 20/13 Georgia, UCLA's only contest of the Campbell/Cartier Softball Tournament that was not cancelled due to rain. Selden allowed just three baserunners on the day, two by errors and one on a bloop infield single.
Her 16 strikouts in the game is the highest strikeout total for a Bruin pitcher in a single game since DeeDee Weiman struck out 16 in an NCAA Regional game on May 21, 1994. It is the fifth 16 strikeout performance in UCLA softball history dating back through the 1992 season. She struck out the side in the seventh inning and struck out 10 of the final 12 batters she faced in the game. Selden is now 5-0 on the season and has struck out 79 batters while walking just two through 40 innings in the circle.
This is the second weekly honor for Smith, and the first for Selden. The awards are the 28th and 84th all-time honors for the Cardinal and Bruins, respectively.
2005 Pitchers of the Week: Feb. 15- Alicia Hollowell, ARIZ; Feb. 22- Anjelica Selden, UCLA.