Arizona State's Welty and UCLA's Kerr Named Pac-10 Softball Player, Pitcher of the Week

March 3, 2009

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WALNUT CREEK, Calif.--ARIZONA STATE senior catcher Renee Welty and UCLA sophomore pitcher Donna Kerr were named the Pac-10 Player and Pitcher of the Week, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced today.

Welty, a native of Gilbert, Ariz., hit .600 over a three-game span, helping the Sun Devils win the Wilson/DeMarini Invitational tournament title.  The senior made the most of her five at bats, belting two home runs and driving home four batters.  In her one-for-one performance against New Mexico State, Welty homered on her solo plate appearance bolstering the Sun Devils to the 6-2 victory.  Welty finished the weekend slugging 1.800, with two of her three hits knocked out the park.

This marks the first career Pac-10 honor for Welty and the 58th all-time for the Sun Devils.

Kerr led UCLA to four of its six wins on the week for the Bruins, striking out 41 batters in 22 innings and setting a career high in strikeouts on Sunday.  The San Diego, Calif., native recorded double figures in strikeouts in four of her last five contests, including setting a career high in strikeouts with 16 in the Bruins’ 13-0 shutout of San Diego.  Kerr is 10-2 to start the season with a 2.89 ERA in 13 appearances.

Kerr earns her second career Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week accolade with UCLA earning its 108th all-time.


Also Nominated

Player: Brittany Lastrapes, Arizona; Alissa Haber, Stanford; Kaila Shull, UCLA; Alicia Blake, Washington.

Pitcher: Mikayla Endicott, Oregon; Paige Hall, Oregon State; Missy Penna, Stanford; Danielle Lawrie, Washington.


2009 Pac-10 Player & Pitcher of the Week Honors

Date- Pac-10 Player of the Week; Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week

Feb. 10- Rosey Neill, Stanford; Missy Penna, Stanford

Feb. 17- Ashley Hansen, Stanford; Danielle Lawrie, Washington

Feb. 24- Stacie Chambers, Arizona; Danielle Lawrie, Washington

Mar. 3- Renee Welty, Arizona State; Donna Kerr, UCLA



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