Softball Player/Pitcher of the Week (4/23/01)

April 23, 2001

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WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - OREGON STATE outfielder/second baseman Brooke Rutschman has been named Pac-10 Player of the Week while her teammate, Crystal Draper was named Pitcher of the Week for Apr. 16 - 22, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced today.

Rutschman, a senior from Camarillo, Calif., led the 16th-ranked Beavers in hitting last weekend, with a batting average of .625 (5-for-8), .750 slugging percentage and three runs scored. Rutschman was the only Oregon State player to record more than one hit in the upset win over top-ranked UCLA (Apr. 20) and scored what proved to be the game-winning run. Later in the weekend, Rutschman went 2-for-3 with a double, stolen base and two runs scored in an 8-3 win over No. 12 Washington (Apr. 22).

Draper, a junior from Parkdale, Ore., pitched 14 innings, giving up just three earned runs while striking out 12 in wins over No. 1 UCLA and No. 12 Washington. She allowed just one run on six hits while striking out six in a complete game victory over the Bruins (Apr. 20). Draper then went on to win her 21st game of the season (which ranks in a tie for third place in the OSU single-season record book for wins) with another complete game, allowing just two hits while striking out six against Washington (Apr. 22). Draper leads the Beavers with 1.23 ERA and a 21-8 record this season.

It is the first weekly honor for Rutschman while Draper garners her third award. Oregon State has now received 17 honors all-time.

Also nominated for Player of the Week were: Lauren Bauer, ARIZ. Jessica Mendoza, STAN. Stacey Nuveman, UCLA. Kelly Hauxhurst, WASH.

Also nominated for Pitcher of the Week were: Jennie Finch, ARIZ. Maureen LeCocq, STAN. Tia Bollinger, WASH.

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. 4/16 - Natasha Watley, UCLA. 4/23 - Brooke Rutschman, OSU.

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. 4/16 - Jennie Finch, ARIZ. 4/23 - Crystal Draper, OSU.

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