UCLA's Bates and Stanford's Stevens earn softball honors
By the Pac-12 Conference
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - The Pac-12 Conference office announced today the Pac-12 softball weekly honors for the week of Feb. 11-17. UCLA's B.B. Bates was named the Player of the Week and STANFORD's Kelsey Stevens was voted the Pitcher of the Week.
Bates was a force of power over the weekend as she hit eight home runs and 19 RBI. She hit home runs in all five games and batted .704 (12-for-17) with 10 runs scored. Bates set a pair of new school records as she became the first Bruin to hit two home runs in three consecutive games. Her six homers over three games was also a school record. With home runs in five straight games, Bates is tied for the UCLA mark for consecutive games leaving the yard. Bates started the weekend against No. 20 Hawai'i, in which UCLA won in five innings 11-1. Bates earned two home runs, a single and a walk. The senior tied her career high with five RBI in a game. She added a pair of two-homer games on Saturday in wins over San Jose State (8-4) and Seattle University (9-0 in five). She hit her first grand slam of her career in the sixth inning of the game against San Jose State. She finished out the weekend in the 9-1 win over Louisiana-Monroe in six innings and the 11-2 win over Ohio. She earned her seventh home run on the weekend in her seventh at bat against Louisiana-Monroe and then concluded the weekend with a three-run homer in her last at-bat in the sixth inning against Ohio.
Cardinal rookie Kelsey Stevens earned three shutouts in the Stanford Nike Invitational last weekend to improve to 5-1 in the circle. The Cardinal earned six victories on the weekend outscoring its opponents 52-0. Stevens posted a 0.00 ERA, allowing just four hits and issuing three walks in 16.2 innings pitched. Her four hits were all singles. Stevens tallied 20 strikeouts and held opponents to a .075 batting average. In the 12-0 win over CSU Bakersfield and the 8-0 win over UC Davis she tossed consecutive one-hitters. The freshman pitcher leads the team with a 1.50 ERA and 49 strikeouts on the season
This is Bates' first Player of the Week award and the 121st all-time for UCLA. It is Stevens' first career Pitcher of the Week award and the 52nd all-time for Stanford.
UCLA improved to an 8-1 record on the season, while Stanford sits with a 10-2 record. The Bruins are now ranked 13th in the USA Today/NFCA poll and 16th in the ESPN.com/USA Softball poll. Stanford is ranked 17th in the USA Today/NFCA poll and 20th in the ESPN.com/USA Softball poll. Both teams will travel to Palm Springs, Calif. for the Cathedral City Classic this weekend, beginning play on Friday, Feb. 22 with UCLA facing Tennessee and Stanford against Georgia.
Also Nominated Player: Hallie Wilson, ARIZ; Amber Freeman, ASU; Lindsey Ziegenhirt, CAL; Alexa Peterson, ORE; Lea Cavestany OSU; Shelby Pacheco, UTAH; Kimberlee Souza, WASH.
Also Nominated Pitcher: Dallas Escobedo, ASU; Jolene Henderson, CAL; Cheridan Hawkins, ORE: Marina Denmore, OSU: Paige McDuffee, UCLA; Naomi Amu, UTAH; Bryana Walker, WASH.
2013 Pac-12 Players of the Week
Feb. 12 - Cheyenne Coyle, Jr., SS, ASU
Feb. 19 - B.B. Bates, Sr., OF, UCLA
2013 Pac-12 Pitchers of the Week
Feb. 12 - Dallas Escobedo, Jr., P, ASU
Feb. 19 - Kelsey Stevens, Fr., P, STAN
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