Smith Named Pac-10 Player of the Week
March 22, 2010
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - Washington sophomore Taylor Smith was named the Pac-10 Player of the Week, the conference announced on Monday, honoring the outfielder for her record-breaking performance last week in the Judi Garman Classic.
Smith, a sophomore from Olympia, Wash., started just two games in the prestigious tournament but she made the most of them, going 5-for-7 with four of her five hits going for home runs. She drove in an incredible 13 runs in the two games, hitting two grand slams and a pair of two-run shots.
After appearing as a pinch hitter in two of UW's first three games of the weekend, she got the starting nod on Saturday against Utah and had what was to that point a career game, going 3-for-3 with five RBI, belting a pair of two-run home runs and adding an RBI single. She hit two-run shots in the second and fourth innings, then added an RBI single in the sixth to help UW win via the mercy rule, 8-0.
She then topped herself on Sunday with a record-setting day, hitting two grand slams and driving in eight runs, tying the UW single-game record for RBI which was originally set in 1993. The first of her grand slams came in the fifth inning with UW leading just 4-2 and she added a second one in the sixth inning to help UW put the game away, 12-4. She is the first player in UW history to hit two grand slams in a single game.
Smith slugged 1.889 for the weekend and finished with a .556 average (5-for-9). She has started just eight of 28 games this year, but now ranks fifth on the team in home runs (5) and RBI (15).
Coincidentally, Smith hit her first career home run last year in her first collegiate at-bat which came against Utah, the team she had her first career two-homer game against Saturday. She also homered earlier this year against No. 9 Oklahoma, blasting a solo home run off highly-touted freshman Keilani Ricketts in a 7-4 UW win.
This is Smith's first career Pac-10 Player of the Week honor and the 73rd for Washington all-time.
The Huskies play just two games this week, traveling down I-5 to play a doubleheader against Portland State on Saturday at 1 p.m., before embarking on Pac-10 play next week. UW hosts No. 5 UCLA April 1-3, with the series opening Thursday, April 1 at 6 p.m., the first Pac-10 night game in Husky Softball Stadium history.