Softball Player/Pitcher of the Week

March 18, 2002

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WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - ARIZONA STATE third baseman Phelan Wright has been named Pac-10 Player of the Week while UCLA's Keira Goerl was named Pitcher of the Week for March 12-17, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced today.

Wright, from Los Alamitos, Calif., batted .700 (14-for-20) with four runs scored, nine RBI and six doubles as the Sun Devils were the lone Pac-10 team to advance to the semifinals of the KIA Klassic in Fullerton, Calif. (Arizona and Washington also participated). In all six contests, she posted multi-hit games with 20 total bases and a 1.000 slugging percentage.

Overall, Wright leads ASU in batting average (.484), hits (45), home runs (6), doubles (12), slugging percentage (.806) and is second in RBI (27).

Goerl, from Moreno Valley, Calif., threw a complete game shutout against UC Santa Barbara, scattering just two hits, striking out eight and walking one. During the contest, opposing batters hit .087 against the righthander.

On the year, Goerl is 14-2 with an 0.34 ERA. She also has 151 strikeouts in 103.0 innings pitched. Goerl becomes the first pitcher to win back-to-back Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week honors since Washington's Jennifer Spediacci (Mar. 21 and Mar. 28, 2000).

It is the second weekly honor for Wright and the 35th for Arizona State all-time. Goerl earns the third award of her career. UCLA has now received 64 honors all-time.

2002 PAC-10 PLAYER SELECTIONS: Feb. 11 - Stacey Nuveman, UCLA. Feb. 18 - Amanda Freed, UCLA. Feb. 25 - Kara Brun, ASU. Mar. 4 - Jaime Clark, WASH. Mar. 11 - Jessica Mendoza, STAN. Mar. 18 - Phelan Wright, ASU.

2002 PAC-10 PITCHER SELECTIONS: Feb. 11 - Tia Bollinger, WASH. Feb. 18 - Erica Beach, ASU. Feb. 25 - Tori Nyberg, STAN. Mar. 4 - Amanda Freed, UCLA. Mar. 11 - Keira Goerl, UCLA. Mar. 18 - Keira Goerl, UCLA.

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