Softball Player/Pitcher of the Week (4/9/01)

April 9, 2001

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WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - ARIZONA STATE pitcher/utility player Erica Beach has been named Pac-10 Player of the Week while her teammate, Kirsten Voak was named Pitcher of the Week for Apr. 2 - 8, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced today.

Beach, a junior from Scottsdale, Ariz., helped the Sun Devils grab a share of the Pac-10 lead after the second week of Conference play. Over the weekend, Beach batted .700 (7-for-10) with two doubles, two home runs, two runs scored, two walks and seven RBI in a win at No. 1 UCLA and two victories at No. 14 Washington. She also picked up her 14th win of the season on Apr. 7, in a 5-1 victory over the Huskies. In that game, Beach pitched six and two-thirds' innings, allowing just one run and striking out six. For her efforts, Beach saw her batting average rise 36 points to .369. She now leads the team with seven home runs and is tied for the lead with 31 RBI.

Voak, a junior from Fremont, Calif., picked up two of ASU's three wins as the Sun Devils swept the UCLA/Washington road swing for the first time in school history. Over the weekend, Voak went 2-0, pitching 12 and two-thirds' innings, allowing two runs on five hits and fanning 20 batters. In the Apr. 8 victory over Washington, she struck out a season-high 12 batters (16th career double-digit strikeout game). Voak is now 12-3 overall with a 0.82 ERA, and is holding opponents to a .118 batting average while striking out 93 batters in 77 innings.

It is the third weekly honor for Beach while Voak garners the eighth award (fifth in Pac-10 all-time) of her career. Arizona State has now received 30 honors all-time.

Also nominated for Player of the Week were: Mackenzie Vandergeest, ARIZ. Candace Harper, CAL. Clare Burnam, OSU. Sarah Beeson, STAN. Natasha Watley, UCLA.

Also nominated for Pitcher of the Week were: Jennie Finch, ARIZ. Crystal Draper, OSU. Dana Sorensen, STAN.

2001 PAC-10 PLAYER SELECTIONS: 2/12 - Christie Rosenblad, WASH. 2/19 - Tairia Mims, UCLA. 2/26 - Sarah Beeson, STAN. 3/5 - Leneah Manuma, ARIZ. 3/12 - Stacey Nuveman, UCLA. 3/19 - Pauline Duenas, CAL. 3/26 - Traci Feldt, OSU. 4/2 - Kristen Swetel, ASU. 4/9 - Erica Beach, ASU.

2001 PAC-10 PITCHER SELECTIONS: 2/12 - Kirsten Voak, ASU. 2/19 - Maureen LeCocq, STAN. Dana Sorensen, STAN. 3/5 - Amanda Freed, UCLA. 3/12 - Jocelyn Forest, CAL. 3/19 - Tia Bollinger, WASH. 3/26 - Jocelyn Forest, CAL. 4/2 - Dana Sorensen, STAN. 4/9 - Kirsten Voak, ASU.

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