Arizona's Arredondo, ASU's Burkhart Named Pac-10 Player and Pitcher of the Week

April 15, 2008

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ARIZONA'S K'LEE ARREDONDO NAMED PAC-10 SOFTBALL PLAYER OF THE WEEK

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - ARIZONA sophomore shortstop K'Lee Arredondo has been named the Pac-10 Softball Player of the Week for April 8-14, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced today.

Arredondo, a Tempe, Ariz. native, hit .455 (5-for-11) for the week, but it was her defensive play that made her standout in a tough third week of Conference play.

Tallying 14 assists and six putouts while contributing to two double-plays through a 2-2 week for Arizona, Arredondo also stole the show in Friday night's victory over No. 23/23 Washington. With runners on second and third in the Washington fourth inning, and UA holding a 3-2 lead with one out, the Huskies' Bailey Stenson laced a line drive destined for the outfield, but a diving Arredondo caught it in midair then flipped the ball from her glove to Sam Banister at second for the inning-ending double play.

The next inning, she relayed a high throw from the outfield to the plate to gun down the run that would have given UW the lead. Finally, with the bases loaded and the game tied in the UW seventh, she snatched two grounders; one hard hit bouncer that she laced home for the force-out and the next, a slow-roller picked up in a dead sprint that she barehanded to first to end the inning.

On Saturday, during the Wildcat's impressive upset of No. 4/1 UCLA where she had two doubles and three RBI offensively, Arredondo was again great defensively, grabbing a hard grounder and tagging out pinch-runner Amy Crawford on her way to third, then rocketing the throw to first for the double play.

No. 9/7 Arizona (29-12, 6-4) faces the biggest test of its season thus far as it travels to rival No. 1/2 Arizona State on Fri., April 18 and Sat., April 19.

This is the first Player of the Week honor for Arredondo in her career. The accolade is the 109th for the Arizona softball team.

ALSO NOMINATED: Katlin Cochran, ASU; Sari-Jane Jenkins, ORE; Rosey Neill, STAN; Jace Williams, WASH.

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; April 8- Samantha Camuso, UCLA; April 15- K'Lee Aredondo, ARIZ.

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ARIZONA STATE'S KATIE BURKHART NAMED PAC-10 SOFTBALL PITCHER OF THE WEEK

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - ARIZONA STATE senior Katie Burkhart has been named the Pac-10 Softball Pitcher of the Week for April 8-14, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced today.

Burkhart, last year's Pac-10 Pitcher of the Year, had double-digit strikeouts in three of her four complete game outings during the week, guiding ASU to a 3-1 weekend with its only loss coming at the hands of No. 23/23 Washington on Sunday.

The senior opened her week with a vintage 13 strikeout performance, allowing only three hits to rival Arizona in an 8-1 Sun Devil victory and followed that up with complete game victories over No. 4/1 UCLA and Washington, combining for 23 strikeouts while allowing only one walk.

On Sunday, the Sun Devil offense could not support Burkhart's complete game, 11 strikeout performance as ASU fell 3-0 to the Huskies, but she was right back on the hill on Monday against UNLV as she preserved a 6-5 victory and picked up her second save of the season, striking out one in two-thirds of an inning.

No. 1/2 Arizona State hosts its in-state rival, No. 9/7 Arizona, this weekend in a crucial Pac-10 match up.

This is Burkhart's ninth career Pitcher of the Week honor and the 55th all-time for Arizona State.

ALSO NOMINATED: Sarah Akamine, ARIZ; Missy Penna, STAN; Aleah Macon, WASH.

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; April 8- Taryne Mowatt, ARIZ; April 15- Katie Burkhart, ASU.

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