Pac-12 announces softball players of the week honors

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - ARIZONA senior catcher and designated player Kelsey Rodriguez and OREGON sophomore pitcher Cheridan Hawkins have been voted the Pac-12 Softball Player and Pitcher of the Week, respectively, for play from Feb. 24-Mar. 2, the Conference office announced today. 

Rodriguez (Scottsdale, Ariz.) had six hits, five of which were doubles, to help Arizona to a perfect 5-0 on the week at the Wildcat Invitational in Tucson, Ariz. The Wildcats run-ruled all five opponents and has now won six-straight games in less than seven innings, which ties a school record. During the week, the senior hit .667 (6-for-9) to lead the team, with her five doubles coming in the final three games of the weekend in just six at-bats. Rodriguez scored five of Arizona’s 51 runs with two runs batted in, posting a 1.222 slugging percentage. For the year, she leads the team with a .487 batting average with one home run and 11 RBI on the season. 

Hawkins (Anderson, Calif.) struck out 48 batters in 24.0 innings over four appearances at the Diamond 9 Citrus Classic in Orlando, Fla. The sophomore didn’t allow a single earned run and held opposing batters to a .101 average as she posted three shutout victories. Hawkins hit double-digit strikeouts in her complete games against No. 25 Auburn (12), Bradley (16) and Maryland (16), and K’ed five batters in her 3.0 innings of relief against No. 1 Florida, holding the Gators to just one unearned run in Oregon’s second loss on the year. 

It is the first-career weekly honor for Rodriguez and the 138th all-time for the Wildcats, which is the most in the Pac-12. Hawkins’ selection is the fifth of her career, having earned weekly pitching honors earlier this season on Feb. 18. It is the 44th selection all-time for the Ducks. 

Arizona wraps up the non-conference schedule at the Judi Garman Classic in Fullerton, Calif., while Oregon travels to Honolulu, Hawai’i, for the Rainbow Wahine Classic. For more information, including a full schedule, visit www.pac-12.com

Also Nominated:
Player: Alexis Gonzalez, OSU; Kylie Sorenson, STAN; Ali Aguilar, WASH. 
Pitcher: Amanda Najdek, OSU; Madi Schreyer, STAN; Bryana Walker, WASH. 

2014 Pac-12 Softball Players of the Week

  Player Pitcher
Feb. 11 Alyssa Tiumalu, UCLA Dallas Escobedo, ASU
Feb. 18 Kylee Lahners, WASH Cheridan Hawkins, ORE
Feb. 25 Mysha Sataraka, UCLA Ally Carda, UCLA
Mar. 4 Kelsey Rodriguez, ARIZ Cheridan Hawkins, ORE
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