Selden Hits Awards Trifecta, DiSalvatore Earns Second Pac-10 Player of the Week

Feb. 26, 2008

The UCLA softball team racked up the awards on Tuesday, as senior Anjelica Selden received NFCA and USA Softball National Player of the Week honors, while Selden and freshman GiOnna DiSalvatore were named Pac-10 Pitcher and Player of the Week.

Selden had a part in four of the Bruins' five wins at the Palm Springs Classic last weekend, producing a 3-0 record, a 1.27 earned run average, a save and 38 strikeouts in 22 innings.

After picking up a save against Massachusetts in UCLA's first game on Friday, Selden followed with a 13-strikeout performance in a two-hitter against 18th-ranked Georgia. On Saturday, Selden did not walk a batter and struck out seven, limiting 10th-ranked Baylor to four hits.

On Sunday, in one of her most commanding performances as a Bruin, Selden set a new career high for strikeouts in a seven-inning game with 17 against #2 Northwestern, giving up just four hits. Selden struck out the side three times in the third, fifth and seventh and fanned the final four batters of the game.

Selden owns a 7-1 record this season with 78 strikeouts in 52 innings, issuing only four walks. Already UCLA's all-time leader in strikeouts, Selden is just 16 away from becoming the 21st player in Division I history to record 1,200 strikeouts.

In addition, Selden earned her second career USA Softball and NFCA National Player of the Week honors. Selden was named USA Softball POW on Mar. 8, 2005 and NFCA POW the following day. Only four other Bruins (Goerl, Andrea Duran, Amanda Freed and Stacey Nuveman) have been multiple NFCA POW's, while two players (Duran and Goerl) have each received a pair of USA Softball POW awards.

The Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week award is the eighth in Selden's career. She has the second-most POW awards for a Bruin pitcher, behind only the 11 of Goerl.

DiSalvatore's award was her second Pac-10 Player of the Week honor in the first three weeks.

DiSalvatore had eight hits in 12 at-bats for a .667 average, recorded five runs batted in and had a slugging percentage of 1.250 to help the Bruins to a perfect 5-0 record at the Palm Springs Classic. The freshman added six runs scored, two doubles, a triple, her second home run of the season and four walks. Adding in a .765 on base percentage, DiSalvatore's on base plus slugging percentage was 2.015.

The freshman went 2-for-3 with a run scored in the first game Friday against Massachusetts, then came up with a big hit in the second game against 18th-ranked Georgia. With the Bruins trailing 2-0 in the fifth, DiSalvatore hit a bases-loaded double to put UCLA on top 3-2 in a game it won 5-2.

DiSalvatore went 5-for-6 with four runs scored and two RBI in Saturday's two games against #10 Baylor and #14 Hawai'i. She reached base all four times against Baylor, scoring three times and belting a two-run homer, and also recorded her fourth three-hit game of the year against Hawai'i.

DiSalvatore is second on the team with a .545 average and leads the team with seven doubles and 21 runs batted in. She was also named Pac-10 Player of the Week on Feb. 12.

The fourth-ranked Bruins host Cal State Bakersfield in a Wednesday game at Easton Stadium at 2:30 p.m. and then head to San Diego to resume tournament play at the San Diego Classic. UCLA faces James Madison (2 p.m.) and San Diego (4:30 p.m.) on Friday at USD, Eastern Michigan (9 a.m.) and San Diego State (2 p.m.) on Saturday at SDSU and Saint Peter's on Sunday at 11:30 a.m. at USD.

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