Pac-10 Softball Player/Pitcher Of The Week

Feb. 18, 2003

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - UCLA senior Tairia Mims has been named the Pacific-10 Conference Softball Player of the Week, and ARIZONA STATE freshman hurler Desiree Serrano has been named Pitcher of the Week for February 10 -16, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced today.

Mims, from Tucson, Ariz., hit .647 (11-for-17), with a 1.471 slugging percentage, helping the Bruins to go 5-0 at the UNLV Tournament in Las Vegas. Of her 11 hits, seven were for extra bases, including three doubles, a triple and three home runs. She added seven runs scored and seven RBI, a sacrifice fly and a walk. Against No. 20 South Carolina, Mims went 2-for-3 with a home run, three RBI and two runs scored in the Bruins' 12-0 rout of the Gamecocks. In a 5-1 win against No. 4-ranked Nebraska, she gave the Bruins a 1-0 lead with a two-out solo homer in the third, and finished the game going 2-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored.

Serrano, from Colton, Calif., recorded four of Arizona State's five wins, including her first career no-hitter. On the weekend, she went 4-0 with a 0.31 ERA in 22 innings of work. She allowed only nine hits and one earned run while striking out 26 batters. In her no-hitter against Iowa, she faced one batter over the minimum and was an infield error short of a perfect game. In her opening win against Illinois State, Serrano did not allow an earned run while striking out ten Redbirds in a 4-1 Sun Devil victory.

It is the second weekly award for Mims, the 71st all-time honor for the Bruins. For Serrano, it is her first weekly award, the 37th all-time for the Sun Devils.

Also nominated for Player of the Week: Wendy Allen, ARIZ; Kara Brun, ASU; Chelsea Spencer, CAL; Lauren Lappin, STAN; Sarah Hyatt, WASH.

Also nominated for Pitcher of the Week: Alicia Hollowell, ARIZ; Kristina Thorson, CAL; Tori Nyberg, STAN; Keira Goerl, UCLA; Tia Bollinger, WASH.

2003 PAC-10 PLAYERS OF THE WEEK: Feb. 11 - Lovie Jung, ARIZ; Feb. 18 - Tairia Mims, UCLA.

2003 PAC-10 PITCHERS OF THE WEEK: Feb. 11 - Amy Harris, ORE; Feb. 18 - Desiree Serrano, ASU.

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