Dena Tyson Repeats As Pac-10 Player Of The Week

April 24, 2007

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - Washington senior Dena Tyson has been named thePac-10 Softball Player of the Week for Apr. 17-23, Commissioner TomHansen announced today.

The Husky first baseman picked up right where she left off after earningPlayer of the Week honors the previous week as well. Somehow she managedto improve on her numbers once again, and has been the Conference'shottest hitter throughout Pac-10 play.

In just nine at-bats over three games in the Bay Area last week, Tysonhomered four times, and has now homered in six-straight games dating backto Apr. 13, with seven total homers over that six-game span. Tysonslugged a whopping 2.000 over the weekend, as the Huskies defeatedCalifornia and split two games with Stanford.

Against the Golden Bears on Friday, Washington trailed 2-0 heading intothe seventh inning, when Tyson ignited a rally with a lead-off solo homerun to cut the lead in half. After UW tied the game, Tyson drove in thegame-winner with an RBI-single in the eighth inning. In the first meetingwith Stanford, Tyson went 1-for-2 with another solo home run and waswalked twice, once intentionally.

Tyson wrapped up the weekend with a 2-for-3 performance on Sunday as theHuskies routed the Cardinal, 12-1. Tyson homered twice, drove in threeruns, and was intentionally walked yet again.

For the week, Tyson hit .667 (6-for-9) with four home runs, five runsscored, six runs-batted-in, and drew three walks for a .750 on-basepercentage.

In Pac-10 games, Tyson leads the league in eight significant offensivecategories, including batting average (.625), slugging percentage(1.375), on-base percentage (.700), runs (12--tied for first), hits (20),RBI (14), home runs (8), and total bases (44). Tyson's overall sluggingpercentage of 1.010 ranks second in the nation.

The Huskies are currently tied for third in the Pac-10 with a 6-5 leaguerecord, equalling their 2006 Conference wins total with the second halfof the Pac-10 schedule still to play.

This is the second Player of the Week honor for Tyson, and the 59thall-time Player/Pitcher of the Week award for Washington. Tyson becomesthe first player to win consecutive Player of the Week awards sinceStanford's Michelle Smith won on Feb. 15 and Feb. 22 in 2005. Tysonalso was named USA Softball National Collegiate Player of the Week today.

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