Oregon State's Iapala and Cal's Thorson Named Pac-10 Softball Player/Pitcher of the Week.

March 16, 2004

WALNUT CREEK, Calif.- OREGON STATE sophomore first baseman Vanessa Iapala has been named the Pacific-10 Conference Softball Player of the Week, and CALIFORNIA sophomore Kristina Thorson has been named Pitcher of the Week for March 10-16, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced today.

Iapala, from San Diego, Calif., earned All-Tournament honors at the Clovis Auto Row Classic hosted by Fresno State for her efforts in helping Oregon State to the tournament title and a 5-1 record. Iapala finished the weekend with a .474 batting average (9-for-19), four doubles, four runs scored, six RBI and a .684 slugging percentage. In the 9-0 shutout victory over North Texas on Thursday, Iapala went 2-for-3. A day later, she belted a pair of doubles and had three RBI in a victory against Utah. She went 2-for-3 in a win against Long Beach State on Saturday, and her 2-for-4 effort from the plate helped the Beavers beat top-ranked UCLA on Sunday. Oregon State's victory against the previously undefeated Bruins was just the sixth in program history (UCLA leads the series 65-6).

Thorson, from Lake Forrest Park, Wash., recorded three wins and a save over the weekend in the NFCA Classic in Las Vegas, Nev. The most impressive of her victories was a five inning perfect game against Virginia on Mar. 12. In the 8-0 win over the Cavaliers, Thorson threw a perfect game and struck out eight of the minimum 15 batters she faced. A day later she collected a save in the early game against Minnesota as she pitched 2.1 hitless innings, striking out four of the seven batters she faced. Later in the afternoon, she pitched a complete game, allowing only six hits in seven innings and striking out seven against Iowa. To close out the weekend, Thorson pitched 4.2 innings against the No. 8 Washington Huskies. She allowed only four hits and struck out five as she picked up her third win of the weekend. For the week, she pitched 19 innings, faced 70 batters, struck out 24, allowed just 10 hits, earned one save and notched three victories.

This is the first weekly honor for both Iapala and Thorson. The award is the 22nd all-time for the Beavers, and the 53rd honor for the Golden Bears.

2004 Players of the Week: Feb. 17- Autumn Champion, So, ARIZ; Feb 24- Wendy Allen, Sr, ARIZ; Mar. 2- Stephanie Ramos, Sr, UCLA, Mar. 9- Valerie Sevilla, Jr, ASU; Mar. 16- Vanessa Iapala, So, OSU.

2004 Pitchers of the Week: Feb. 17- Keira Goerl, Sr, UCLA; Feb. 24- Alicia Hollowell, So, ARIZ; Mar. 2- Alicia Hollowell, So, ARIZ; Mar. 9-Alicia Hollowell, So, ARIZ; Mar. 16- Kristina Thorson, So, CAL.

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