California sweeps Pac-12 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 March 4-10. CALIFORNIA's Cheyenne Cordes was named the Player of the week, while teammate Jolene Henderson was voted the Pitcher of the week.

Cordes had an impressive week as she tallied 12 RBI in 18 at bats on the weekend. She hit a trio of doubles and four home runs on the weekend. In the Golden Bear's home opener on March 6 against Pacific Cordes shined as she hit a solo home run at the bottom of the first to give the Bears the lead, then followed with a two RBI homer at the bottom of the fifth to total three RBI in Cal's 7-2 win. In the 11-0 run-rule victory against Iowa State Cordes accounted for four RBI. She was crucial in the 9-3 win over Saint Mary's as she had four runs and four hits in her four at bats. She was responsible for five RBI and had two doubles and a home run in the victory.

Henderson moved within 10 wins of eclipsing California's all-time pitching wins leader with five strong performances this past week. She had three shutouts on the weekend, 11-0 vs. Iowa State, 1-0 vs. San Diego State, 1-0 vs. Fresno State. She moved her ERA below one for the first time this season finishing with 0.24 ERA for the week to bring her ERA total to 0.98. In the win over Pacific Henderson pitcher all seven innings allowing just one earned run while walking one and striking out seven. She had a season-high of 11 strikeouts against Fresno State. 

This is Cordes' first Player of the Week award and the 81st all-time for California. It is the eighth Pitcher of the Week honor for Henderson making her career total to 11 including player of the week honors. She ranks fourth all-time for the most honors in the Pac-12. Henderson's honor is the 82nd of California all-time.

California now has a 20-2 record and is hold a No. 5 rankings in the USA Today/NFCA poll. The Golden Bears head to the Hawaii Spring Fling this weekend. They face Baylor in their first game on Wednesday, March 13.

Also Nominated Player: Lauren Young, ARIZ; Cheyenne Coyle, ASU; Janie Takeda, ORE; Desiree Beltran, OSU; Kayla Bonstrom, STAN; Stephany LaRosa; UCLA; Shelby Pacheco, UTAH; Hooch Fagaly; WASH.

Also Nominated Pitcher: Dallas Escobedo, ASU; Jessica Moore, ORE; Marina Demore, OSU; Teagan Gerhart, STAN; Jessica Hall, 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
Feb. 26 - Natalie Hampton, Fr., 1B, OSU
March 5 - Alix Johnson, Jr., CF, ASU
March 12 - Cheyenne Cordes, So., SS, CAL

2013 Pac-12 Pitchers of the Week
Feb. 12- Dallas Escobedo, Jr., P, ASU
Feb. 19 - Kelsey Stevens, Fr., P, STAN
Feb. 26 - Bryana Walker, Jr., P, WASH
March 5 - Cheridan Hawkins, Fr, P, ORE
March 12 - Jolene Henderson, Sr., P, CAL

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