Pac-12 announces softball Players of the Week
PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Kirstyn Thomas, JR, INF, Washington (Houston, Texas)
8 GP, 8 runs, 16 hits, 6 RBI, .593 avg, 1.148 SLG
• Hit 10th home run, tying the Husky record for fastest to 10 HR in a season (Kristen Rivera- 18 games, 2003).
• Hit four doubles, doubling her season total and putting her second in the nation to teammate Taylor Van Zee (11).
• Continues to lead nation in HR (10), RBI (26), slugging percentage (1.281).
• Had multiple hits in seven of the eight Husky wins over the week, raising her batting average to .579.
• Has a nine-game hitting streak (hitting .626/.593/1.103 with 10 runs, 6 RBI in that time).
• Had first career triple.
• Has reached base in 17 of 18 games this year.
• Second weekly honor for Thomas and 102nd all-time for Washington.
PITCHER OF THE WEEK: Taylor McQuillin, JR, P, Arizona (Mission Viejo, Calif.)
5 GP, 5 wins, 24.0 IP, 27 K, 0.29 ERA
• Appeared in all five games Arizona competed in in the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic, going 4-0 with a save in the tournament.
• Allowed one run over 24 innings, good for 0.29 ERA.
• In three starts, threw three one-hit shutouts, including a seven-inning masterpiece vs. No. 4 Oklahoma, handing the Sooners their first shutout since Feb. 11, 2017.
• Struck out 27 batters in 24 innings, including seven Sooners in the complete-game victory.
• Second weekly honor for McQuillin and 168th all-time weekly honor for Arizona.
FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK: Aaliyah Jordan, FR, OF, UCLA (Chula Vista, Calif.)
6 GP, 17 AB, 7 runs, 7 hits, 9 RBI, .412 avg, 1.000 SLG
• Drove in the game-winning runs in each of the Bruins' one-run victories this week on a second-inning, two-run homer against Grand Canyon and a fifth-inning, two-run homer versus Liberty.
• Against the two ranked teams this week, #23 Nebraska and #7 LSU, went 3-for-6 with a homer and three RBI.
• Homered, had two hits and multiple RBI in each of the first three games this week.
• Second-straight weekly honor for Jordan.
Player of the Week: Alyssa Palomino, ARIZ; Danielle Gibson, ASU; McKenna Arriola, OSU; Alyssa Horeczko, STAN; Aaliyah Jordan, UCLA.
Pitcher of the Week: Giselle Juarez, ASU; Miranda Elish, ORE; Maddy Dwyer, STAN; Rachel Garcia, UCLA; Taran Alvelo, WASH.
Freshman of the Week: Danielle Gibson, ASU; Mariah Mazon, OSU; Maddy Dwyer, STAN; Nawai Kaupe, WASH.
|Player of the Week||Pitcher of the Week||Freshman of the Week|
|Feb. 27||Kirstyn Thomas, WASH||Taylor McQuillin, ARIZ||Aaliyah Jordan, UCLA|
|Feb. 20||Taylor Van Zee, WASH||Megan Kleist, ORE||Aaliyah Jordan, UCLA|
|Feb. 13||Kirstyn Thomas, WASH||Taran Alvelo, WASH||Briana Perez, UCLA|