Pappas and Bach Earn Weekly Softball Awards
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - OREGON junior outfielder Samantha Pappas was named Pac-12 Softball Player of the Week, and ARIZONA STATE senior pitcher Hillary Bach was named Pac-12 Softball Pitcher of the Week for April 2-8, Commissioner Larry Scott announced today.
Pappas helped Oregon take two of three games at Stanford, pacing the Ducks in hitting (.556), walks (2), slugging percentage (1.444) and on-base percentage (.636). She also had two home runs, one triple and five hits. Pappas, who had two-hit efforts on Saturday and Sunday, was one of four Ducks to hit safely in every game. In the series' finale, she was 2-for-2 with a home run, three RBI and two walks. Pappas leads Oregon in batting (.388) and stolen bases (10) this season.
In her 101st career game on Friday, Bach allowed only one run on five hits in ASU's 9-1 five-inning win over UCLA. She threw 65 pitches, finishing with two strikeouts and no walks. Bach is now 16-0 on the year, posts a team-best 1.14 ERA and has eight shutouts in 92.0 innings of work. She ranks second all-time at ASU with 82 wins and has not lost a game since May 9, 2010.
This is the second Player of the Week honor for Pappas and Oregon's 35th all time. This is Bach's third Pitcher of the Week award and Arizona State's 67th.
In a busy week for the Pac-12, Oregon will host Washington on Tuesday and Wednesday before traveling to Utah for the weekend series beginning Friday. Arizona State travels to Oregon State for a Tuesday-Wednesday series.
Also Nominated (Player): Shelby Pendley, ARIZ; Annie Lockwood, ASU; Danielle Henderson, CAL; Ashley Hansen, STAN; Andrea Harrison, UCLA; Kelsi Hoopiiaina, UTAH; Kaitlin Inglesby, WASH.
Also Nominated (Pitcher): Jolene Henderson, CAL; Jessica Moore, ORE; 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; Mar. 13 - Katelyn Boyd, Sr., SS, ASU; Mar. 19 - Kaitlin Inglesby, So., P/DP, WASH; Mar. 26 - Valerie Arioto, RS Sr., P/1B, CAL; Apr. 2 - Jamia Reid, Sr., OF, CAL; Apr. 9 - Samantha Pappas, Jr., OF, ORE.
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; Apr. 2 - Jolene Henderson, Jr., CAL; Apr. 9 - Hillary Bach, Sr., ASU.