Cal's Leomiti, UCLA's Selden Named Pac-10 Softball Player and Pitcher of the Week

April 1, 2008

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CALIFORNIA'S GINA LEOMITI NAMED PAC-10 PLAYER OF THE WEEK

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - CALIFORNIA sophomore outfielder Gina Leomiti has been named the Pac-10 Softball Player of the Week for March 25-31, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced today.

Leomiti, a San Diego, Calif native, belted three home runs including two versus nationally ranked Arizona and Arizona State as she began her Conference season at a blistering pace, hitting .750 (9-for-12) on the week and also stealing two bases.

Early in the week, Leomiti decimated a couple of the Golden Bears last non-conference opponents, going 4-for-5 with a double, a home run and three RBI against UC Riverside and Pacific.

Opening the Conference season against No. 1/2 Arizona State, Leomiti came out strong as she tagged 2007 Pac-10 Pitcher of the Year Katie Burkhart for three hits, including a home run. While held mostly in check on Saturday, Leomiti returned Sunday and belted her third home run of the week, this time off of Arizona's Lindsey Sisk. Her sixth big fly of the season extended her hitting streak to six games.

This is the first Player of the Week honor for Leomiti in her career. The accolade is the 62nd for the California softball team.

ALSO NOMINATED: Jackie Vasquez, ASU; Megan Langenfeld, UCLA.

2008 PAC-10 SOFTBALL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK: Feb. 12 - GiOnna DiSalvatore, UCLA; Feb. 19- Katlin Cochran, ASU; Feb. 26- GiOnna DiSalvatore, UCLA; March 4- Rosey Neill, STAN; March 11- Morgan Stuart, WASH; March 18- Audrey Roderfield, OSU; March 25- Rosey Neill, STAN; April 1- Gina Leomiti, CAL.

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UCLA'S ANJELICA SELDEN NAMED PAC-10 PITCHER OF THE WEEK

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - UCLA senior Anjelica Selden has been named the Pac-10 Softball Pitcher of the Week for March 25-31, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced today.

Selden posted a perfect 3-0 record, a 0.93 earned run average and 28 strikeouts in 15 innings last week. Selden opened the week with a 12-strikeout performance at UC Santa Barbara on Tuesday, her eighth double-digit strikeout effort of the season.

The senior opened Pac-10 play with another commanding outing, fanning eight in six innings and limiting Oregon State to one hit. It would be four more shutout innings on Sunday in the Bruins' run-rule victory over Oregon, striking out another eight batters.

Selden leads the team with a 15-2 record and 173 strikeouts to go along with a 0.76 earned run average, holding opponents to a .139 batting average.

No. 4/1 UCLA (31-3, 3-0 Pac-10) is battling Arizona State for the top spot in both the ESPN.com/USA Softball and USA Today/NFCA Top-25 polls.

The Bruins have a busy Pac-10 schedule this week as they host three ranked teams in No. 25/24 Washington, No. 7/7 Stanford, and No. 23/21 California.

This is Selden's 10th career Pitcher of the Week honor, third this year, and the 104th all-time for UCLA.

ALSO NOMINATED: Taryne Mowatt, ARIZ; Megan Elliott, ASU.

2008 PAC-10 SOFTBALL PITCHERS OF THE WEEK: Feb. 12- Missy Penna, STAN; Feb. 19- Katie Burkhart, ASU; Feb. 26- Anjelica Selden, UCLA; March 4- Donna Kerr, UCLA; March 11- Anjelica Selden, UCLA; March 18- Marissa Drewrey, CAL; March 25- Katie Burkhart, ASU; April 1- Anjelica Selden, UCLA.

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