California's Alex Sutton Named Pac-10 Softball Player of the Week

April 10, 2007

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WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - CALIFORNIA senior Alex Sutton has been named the Pac-10 Softball Player of the Week for Apr. 3-9, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced today.

Sutton came up big at the plate for the Golden Bears last week, as Cal won two out of three games from No. 14/10 Stanford to break out of a six-game losing streak that had threatened to derail their season. Cal earned a 3-0 road win against the Cardinal, then won the series finale at home, with Sutton homering in each win.

Thursday's series opener was scoreless through four innings when Sutton came to the plate in the fifth and lauched a three-run home run that would prove to be all the scoring on the day. The win was Cal's first in Pac-10 play and snapped a six-game slide.

In the rubber game of the set, Sutton hit her team-leading ninth home run as part of a five-run second inning and Cal powered to a 9-1 win that ended in six innings. Sutton added another hit and a run in the match-up.

Overall, Sutton hit .417 (5-for-12) with three runs scored, two home runs and five RBI. Sutton, Cal's lead-off hitter, leads the Golden Bears in doubles (10), home runs (9), RBI (38), on-base percentage (.478), slugging percentage (.611), and total bases (80). Her nine homers are tied for fourth-most in the Pac-10 and her RBI total ranks her sixth.

California (25-20, 2-4 Pac-10) faces a tough road trip this week, playing at No. 10 Arizona State on Friday, and at No. 4 Arizona on Saturday and Sunday.

This is the first Player of the Week honor for Sutton, who was a second team All-Pac-10 selection last season. It is the 59th Player/Pitcher of the Week all-time for California.

ALSO NOMINATED: Caitlin Lowe, ARIZ; Kaitlin Cochran, ASU; Suzie Barnes, ORE; Brianne McGowan, OSU; Alissa Haber, STAN; Krista Colburn, UCLA; Dena Tyson, WASH.

2007 PAC-10 SOFTBALL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK: Feb. 13 - Kaitlin Cochran, So., ASU; Feb. 20 - Lisa Dodd, Sr., UCLA; Feb. 27 - Jennifer Salling, Fr., ORE; Mar. 6 - Caitlin Lowe, Sr., ARIZ; Mar. 13 - Megan Langenfeld, Fr., UCLA; Mar. 20 - Bernice Masaniai, Fr., CAL; Mar. 27 - Kaitlin Cochran, So., ASU; Apr. 3 - Jennifer Salling, Fr., ORE; Apr. 10 - Alex Sutton, Sr., CAL.

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