Cal Receives Weekly Softball Awards

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - CALIFORNIA senior first baseman/pitcher Valerie Arioto was named Pac-12 Softball Player of the Week, and her teammate, junior pitcher Jolene Henderson was named Pac-12 Softball Pitcher of the Week for March 19-25, Commissioner Larry Scott announced today.?
Arioto led the Golden Bears on offense as they posted four wins, including a series sweep over No. 9 Stanford. Arioto hit .545 and slugged 1.727 with four home runs last week. She also recorded a .667 on-base percentage and a team-high nine RBI. Against Princeton on March 20, Arioto had a two-run homer and pitched the five-inning victory. In Friday's 9-0 win at Stanford, she had two home runs and four RBI. In the third game of the series on Sunday, Arioto drove in two key runs with a double and then added a solo home run.

Henderson posted a 0.45 ERA with a 2-0 record and a save last week, allowing just one earned run in 15.2 innings of work. Henderson earned starts in the first and third games of the series against Stanford and also pitched in relief in the second game. She issued 17 strikeouts and limited Cardinal batters to a .161 average. Henderson ranks second in the Pac-12 with a 0.91 ERA.

This is the third Player of the Week honor for Arioto and Henderson's seventh Pitcher of the Week award. Cal has won 75 weekly awards.

Cal plays Sacramento State in non-conference action on Wednesday, March 28, before hosting Washington for three games beginning Friday, March 30.

Also Nominated (Player): Katelyn Boyd, ASU; Kelsey Chambers, ORE; B.B. Bates, UCLA; Katelyn Elliott, UTAH; Kaitlin Inglesby, WASH.

Also Nominated (Pitcher): Hillary Bach, ASU; Jessica Moore, ORE; Ally Carda, UCLA; Kasey Stancheck, 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; Mar. 13 - Katelyn Boyd, Sr., SS, ASU; Mar. 19 - Kaitlin Inglesby, So., P/DP, WASH; Mar. 26 - Valerie Arioto, RS Sr., P/1B, CAL.

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; Mar. 13 - Jolene Henderson, Jr., CAL; Mar. 19 - Generra Nielson, Sr., UTAH; Mar. 26 - Jolene Henderson, Jr., CAL.

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