Arioto and Inglesby Earn Weekly Honors
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - CALIFORNIA redshirt senior pitcher/first baseman Valerie Arioto was named Pac-12 Softball Player of the Week and WASHINGTON sophomore pitcher Kaitlin Inglesby was named Pac-12 Softball Pitcher of the Week for February 6-12, Commissioner Larry Scott announced today.
Returning after redshirting the 2011 season while recovering from a broken leg, Arioto is already back to pacing the Bears on offense. Arioto led the team with nine RBI as well as a 1.444 slugging percentage and .444 batting average as Cal opened the season 4-0. In Friday's game of the Kajikawa Classic against No. 9 Tennessee, Arioto homered in her first at-bat to give the Bears an early 1-0 lead. She later cleared the fences again with her second home run of the game. Cal defeated the Volunteers 13-5. Arioto also hit a home run in Saturday's 10-0 win over Texas State. She finished the weekend with four hits and six runs.
Inglesby picked up where she left off her freshman year, leading the Huskies to a perfect 5-0 record and the co-championship of the Kajikawa Classic. Inglesby went 3-0 in the circle with two complete games, one save and a 1.17 ERA. She allowed just three earned runs in 18.0 innings, struck out 14 and held opponents to a .169 average. In the season opener against No. 21 Nebraska, Inglesby had a complete game shutout with five strikeouts as the Huskies won 4-0.
This is the first Player of the Week honor for Arioto and the 71st weekly honor for Cal all-time. This is Inglesby's second career Pitcher of the Week honor and Washington's 83rd award.
Cal, now ranked No. 1 in the ESPN.com/USA Softball poll and third in the USA Today/NFCA poll, travels to Las Vegas for the Louisville Slugger Desert Classic beginning Friday, Feb. 17. No. 7/9 Washington will play at the Campbell/Cartier Classic in San Diego starting on Friday.
Also Nominated (Player): Lini Koria, ARIZ; Annie Lockwood, ASU; Courtney Ceo, ORE; Dani Gilmore, OSU; Dani Yudin, UCLA; Jenna Rich, STAN; Whitney Holm, UTAH; Kimi Pohlman, WASH.
Also Nominated (Pitcher): Hillary Bach, ARIZ; Valerie Arioto, CAL; Jessica Moore, ORE; Teagan Gerhart, STAN; Jessica Hall, UCLA; Generra Nielson, UTAH.
2012 Pac-12 Players of the Week: Feb. 14 - Valerie Arioto, RS Sr., P/1B, CAL
2012 Pac-12 Pitchers of the Week: Feb. 14 - Kaitlin Inglesby, So., P, WASH