Amanda Kamekona Earns Awards Trifecta
May 6, 2008
For the second time this season, a UCLA softball player has been named NFCA, USA Softball and Pac-10 Player of the Week. This time it was junior Amanda Kamekona, who went 6-for-10 (.600) with three home runs and five runs batted in last weekend in wins over #10 Arizona and top-ranked Arizona State.
Kamekona joins senior Anjelica Selden, who was named National POW by the NFCA and USA Softball, as well as Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week on Feb. 26.
Kamekona had hits in all three games to extend her hitting streak to eight, tying for the longest hitting streak on the team this year with sophomore Megan Langenfeld.
After going 1-for-3 against Arizona on Friday, Kamekona went 2-for-3 with four RBI and two home runs against top-ranked Arizona State on Saturday. With the Bruins up 1-0, the junior hit a one-out home run in the third to give UCLA a two-run advantage. Kamekona added another homer in the fifth, this time a three-run shot to make it a 5-0 game. Both home runs came off ASU star pitcher Katie Burkhart.
Kamekona continued her home run binge on Sunday with a solo shot to lead off the bottom of the fifth. It was one of three hits for Kamekona, who added singles in the first and seventh for her fourth three-hit game of the season.
Kamekona leads the Bruins with 11 home runs and 39 runs scored and raised her season average to .327. She is second on the team with 36 runs batted in and 14 doubles.
The conference award marks the ninth time this season that the Bruins have been recognized with Pac-10 Player or Pitcher of the Week honors, a league-best total. Freshman GiOnna DiSalvatore is a two-time Player of the Week (Feb. 12 and Feb. 26), while freshman Samantha Camuso earned the honor on April 8. Three different pitchers have earned POW accolades. Selden has won the honor three times (Feb. 26, March 11 and April 1), while Langenfeld (April 29) and freshman Donna Kerr (March 4) have also picked up the award.
Kamekona's NFCA POW award marks the 19th in UCLA history, while the USA Softball honor is the 10th for the Bruins. Kamekona shared this week's USA Softball award with Massachusetts' Brandice Balschmiter.