Stuart Named Pac-10 Player of the Week
May 12, 2009
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - Washington sophomore Morgan Stuart was named the Pac-10 Player of the Week, the conference announced on Tuesday, after leading the Huskies to a pair of wins over the weekend against ranked teams.
In three games last week, Stuart batted .667 (4x6) and reached base in seven of her nine plate appearances. She hit two home runs over the weekend to give her a 1.667 slugging percentage as UW won two-of-three from Stanford and Cal to clinch second place in the conference.
Stuart's big week started on Thursday when she went 2-for-3 with a walk and a career-high five RBI, three of which came on a home run to cap the scoring in UW's 7-0 win over No. 2 Stanford. The sophomore drew a bases-loaded walk in the first inning to start the scoring then made the score 2-0 with an RBI single in the third inning before putting the game away with her fourth home run of the season off Cardinal All-American Missy Penna.
After reaching base twice in three plate appearances in a 1-0 loss to No. 12 Cal, walking and getting hit by a pitch for the 11th time this season, Stuart broke out again on Sunday, leading UW to an 11-3 five-inning win by going 2-for-2 with her second home run in three days. She scored twice in the game as the Huskies wrapped up second place in the conference, their highest finish since 2000.
The honor is the second of Stuart's career, who was also named Player of the Week during her freshman season. For the year, Stuart is batting .316 with a career-high 22 runs scored. Her 27 RBIs rank second on the team while she leads the squad in doubles, with her 12 two-baggers ranking eighth in the Pac-10.
Washington has earned 69 Player of the Week honors overall, third all-time in the conference.
The No.3/4 Huskies begin postseason play this week when they travel to Amherst, Mass., for a four-team regional with Cornell, No. 21/24 Massachusetts and Sacred Heart. UW begins its 16th consecutive trip to the postseason on Friday against Sacred Heart at 2 p.m. PT.