Pac-10 Softball Player/Pitcher Of The Week

Feb. 26, 2003


UCLA senior Natasha Watley has been named the Pacific-10 Conference Softball Player of the Week, and Bruin junior hurler Keira Goerl has been named Pitcher of the Week for February 17 -23, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced today.

Watley, from Irvine, Calif., hit .500 (8-for-16) at the Florida Atlantic Worth Invitational, including a triple, a home run, three walks, a sacrifice fly, 10 RBI and six stolen bases, helping the Bruins to go 5-0 to win the tourney. She opened up tournament play with a 2-for-4 performance against Rutgers, that included three runs scored, an RBI and three stolen bags. During that same day, against Florida Atlantic, she led off the game with a home run, UCLA's first lead-off homer since Amanda Freed did the deed on April 4, 2001. She finished the FAU game having gone 3-for-3 with one run scored, three RBI, a walk and two stolen bases. In the championship game against Rutgers, she had a game ending single that scored the final two runs of the game, invoking the run rule.

Goerl, from Moreno Valley, Calif., put together three one-hit shutouts, accumulating 26 strikeouts and just three walks during 19 innings in the circle at the FAU Worth Invitational. Against Florida Atlantic, Goerl had nine strikeouts and just one walk, allowing just one hit in the game. She recorded 10 strikeouts in a win over Long Island and struck out seven during the five-inning run-rule win over Rutgers in the championship game. For the weekend, she was 3-0 with a 0.00 ERA.

The No. 1-ranked Bruins (15-1) went 5-0 over the weekend to win the FAU Worth Invitational.

It is the fourth weekly award for Watley, the seventh honor for Goerl. The Bruins have garnered 73 weekly honors all-time.

Also nominated for Player of the Week: Jackie Coburn, ARIZ; Beth Boskovich, ORE; Shelly Prochaska, OSU; Kathy Fiske, WASH.

Also nominated for Pitcher of the Week: Alicia Hollowell, ARIZ; Desiree Serrano, ASU; Monica Hoffman, OSU; Dana Sorensen, STAN; Tia Bollinger, WASH.

2003 PAC-10 PLAYERS OF THE WEEK: Feb. 11 - Lovie Jung, ARIZ; Feb. 18 - Tairia Mims, UCLA; Feb. 25 - Natasha Watley, UCLA.

2003 PAC-10 PITCHERS OF THE WEEK: Feb. 11 - Amy Harris, ORE; Feb. 18 - Desiree Serrano, ASU; Feb. 25 - Keira Goerl, UCLA.

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