Charters Named Pac-10 Player of the Week

March 24, 2009

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - Washington senior infielder Ashley Charters has been named the Pac-10 Player of the Week, the conference announced Tuesday, the first such honor in her career.

A two-time All-American from Beaverton, Ore., Charters led the Huskies to a three-game series sweep over New Mexico last weekend, going 8-for-11 at the plate (.727) with five runs scored and four RBI. She also stole four bases over the weekend to give her 116 in her career and take over as Washington's all-time leader in that category. That mark also ranks sixth all time in Pac-10 history.

Charters started the weekend by going 2-for-3 with two runs and an RBI in UW's 14-3 win over New Mexico, tying the stolen base record with one steal in the game. She then broke the record in UW's 4-3 eight-inning victory over the Lobos in the second game of the doubleheader, going 3-for-4 with two RBI. Her RBIs were timely as they came in the bottom of the sixth inning with UW trailing 3-1 and tied the game, sending it to extra innings where UW would squeak out the win.

On Sunday, Charters completed the stellar weekend by going 3-for-4 with three runs, an RBI and two more stolen bases. With her five runs scored over the weekend, Charters moved up to No. 4 all time at UW in that category. Charters also appears in the all-time top-10 in triples (13, No. 2), average (.386, No. 3), on-base percentage (.458, No. 5), hits (261, No. 8) and walks (83, No. 9).

For the season, Charters leads the No. 2 Huskies in average (.438), runs (34), hits (42), triples (3), walks (18) and stolen bases (20) and also ranks second in RBI (19).

The Player of the Week honor is the first in Charters' career and the 64th overall for Washington. Junior pitcher Danielle Lawrie has been named Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week three times this season.

The No. 2 Huskies head to the Bay Area this weekend to begin Pac-10 play where they will face No. 12 California at 3 p.m. on Friday and No. 3 Stanford at 1 p.m. Saturday and Noon on Sunday.

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