Dena Tyson Selected as the USA Softball National Collegiate
April 24, 2007
Oklahoma City, Okla. - The Amateur Softball Association announced todaythe selection of Washington's Dena Tyson as this week's USA SoftballNational Collegiate Player of the Week. Tyson blasted four home runs innine at-bats over three games to extend her home run hitting streak tosix games.
The senior led the 11th-ranked Washington Huskies to a 2-1 record overthe weekend with a .667 average, 2.000 slugging percentage and perfectfielding percentage at first base. She scored five runs and drove in sixmore of the team's total of 18 runs over the weekend. Tyson ledWashington to a seventh-inning come from behind victory againstCalifornia, hitting a lead-off home run to cut the Golden Bear's lead to2-1. She then drove in the winning run with an RBI-single in the eighthinning. She followed up that performance with a home run shot againstStanford, drawing two walks in her next two at-bats, with oneintentional.
'This is such an honor, especially considering the high caliber ofathletes playing college softball these days. I never thought I'dreceived an award like this and I'm really flattered even to have beenconsidered,' said Tyson of her first-time honor. 'While getting awardsand accolades is always nice the best part of this season has been thatour team has been playing well and winning ballgames. I just hope oursuccess continues on through the remainder of the Pac-10 season and oninto the NCAA Tournament.'
On Sunday, she wrapped up the weekend with a 2-for-3 performance with twohome runs and an intentional walk in Washington's 12-1 six-inning routeof Stanford. Tyson has now homered at least once in each of the last sixgames and has seven home runs total in that span. She now has 16 homeruns on the season, tying for ninth on the UW all-time single-seasonlist.
'This is a great honor, not only for Dena but for our program as a whole.A lot of players put up big numbers on any given weekend but Dena hasconsistently been doing this for our team week after week,' said headcoach Heather Tarr. 'To receive an award such as this not only does anindividual need to play well but her team needs to play well so this is atestament to what our entire team has been able to accomplish. I am soproud of Dena and each of our players.
Since the Pac-10 season has started, Tyson has increased her average from.418 to .490. She is leading the team with a .625 (20-for-32) average,including eight home runs with 12 runs scored and 14 RBIs with a 1.375slugging percentage and .700 on-base percentage. She has also walkedeight times, including three intentionally.
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