Boyd, Henderson Earn Weekly Softball Awards
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - For the third time this season, ARIZONA STATE senior shortstop Katelyn Boyd and CALIFORNIA junior pitcher Jolene Henderson share the Pac-12 weekly softball awards. Boyd was named Pac-12 Softball Player of the Week, and Henderson was named Pac-12 Softball Pitcher of the Week for April 23-29, Commissioner Larry Scott announced today.
Boyd hit .545 (6-for-11) with a 1.273 slugging percentage and .615 on-base percentage to help the Sun Devils to the road sweep at Washington. On Friday, Boyd went 2-for-4 with her second grand slam of the season, finishing the game with six RBI and two home runs. She became Arizona State's all-time leader in RBI with her grand slam and now has 232 RBI in her career. Boyd's two doubles over the weekend brought her total to 52, just two shy of Kaitlin Cochran's school record. She leads ASU in several categories this season, including hits (59), home runs (19), runs (61) and slugging percentage (.977).
Henderson pitched in all three of Cal's wins over UCLA last week, going the distance on Friday and Sunday while notching her fourth save of the season with two innings in Saturday's 8-0 win. Overall, Henderson posted a 1.31 ERA, fanning 19 while allowing just three earned runs across 16.0 innings. She allowed no walks on Sunday. Henderson moved into a tie for second on Cal's single-season saves list and sits one shy of tying for first. She is also third on the career saves chart with eight. Henderson has a Pac-12 best 1.12 ERA this season, holding hitters to a .183 average.
This is the fourth Player of the Week honor for Boyd and Arizona State's 69th all-time. Henderson has won 10 Pitcher of the Week awards, and this is Cal's 79th.
Conference-leading Cal heads on the road to face Oregon State while second-place Arizona State hosts Utah in its home season finale. The two teams will meet in the final week of the regular season, May 10-12.
Also Nominated (Player): Lina Koria, ARIZ; Frani Echavarria, CAL; Kailee Cuico, ORE; Dani Gilmore, OSU; Andrea Harrison, UCLA; Tia Palauni, UTAH; Shawna Wright, WASH.
Also Nominated (Pitcher): Dallas Escobedo, ASU; Jessica Moore, ORE; Paige Hall, OSU; Jessica Hall, UCLA; 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; Apr. 16 - Stephany LaRosa, Fr., 3B, UCLA; Apr. 23 - Katelyn Boyd, Sr., SS, ASU; Apr. 30 - 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; 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; Apr. 16 - Shelby Babcock, So., ARIZ; Apr. 23 - Jolene Henderson, Jr., CAL; Apr. 30 - Jolene Henderson, Jr., CAL.