Arizona State Sweeps Weekly Softball Awards
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - ARIZONA STATE senior shortstop Katelyn Boyd was named Pac-12 Softball Player of the Week and her teammate, senior pitcher Hillary Bach was named Pac-12 Softball Pitcher of the Week for February 27-March 4, Commissioner Larry Scott announced today.
Boyd hit .625 (10-for-16) for a 1.250 slugging percentage and no strikeouts in six games at the Wilson/DeMarini Invitational. She began the week with a bang, hitting two home runs against Wichita State and ended the weekend with a walk-off homer against Creighton in extra innings. Over the week, Boyd led ASU with 10 hits, three home runs, eight RBI, 20 total bases and six walks. Boyd was also a perfect 4-for-4 on stolen bases, bringing her career total to 70, which ranks third all-time at ASU.
Bach pitched her first career perfect game in a 9-0, five-inning win over Wichita State. It was just the fourth perfect game in Sun Devil history. Bach fanned five in the game, holding batters to a .143 average over the weekend for a 1.40 ERA. She picked up two wins to help lead the ASU pitching staff with a spotless 8-0 record and 0.44 ERA on the season. Bach ranks fifth in school history with 74 wins and 11th with 338 strikeouts.
This is the first Player of the Week honor for Boyd and Bach's second career Pitcher of the Week honor. Arizona State has won 64 weekly awards.
Arizona State welcomes Creighton this afternoon before hosting the Diamond Devil Invitational beginning Friday, March 9.
Also Nominated (Player): Brigette Del Ponte, ARIZ; Valerie Arioto, CAL; Janie Takeda, ORE; Dani Gilmore, OSU; Leah White, STAN; Stephany LaRosa, UCLA; Whitney Holm, UTAH; Nikia Williams, WASH.
Also Nominated (Pitcher): Shelby Babcock, ARIZ; Jolene Henderson, CAL; Jessica Moore, ORE; Tina Andreana, OSU; Teagan Gerhart, UTAH; Generra Nielson, UTAH; Bryana Walker, WASH.
2012 Pac-12 Players of the Week: Feb. 14 - Valerie Arioto, RS Sr., P/1B, CAL; Feb. 21 - Valerie Arioto, RS Sr., P/UTIL, CAL; Feb. 28 - Brigette Del Ponte, Jr., 3B, ARIZ; Mar. 6 - Katelyn Boyd, Sr., SS, ASU.
2012 Pac-12 Pitchers of the Week: Feb. 14 - Kaitlin Inglesby, So., WASH; Feb. 21 - Hillary Bach, Sr., ASU; Feb. 28 - Teagan Gerhart, Jr., STAN; Mar. 6 - Hillary Bach, Sr., ASU.