UCLA's DiSalvatore Named Pac-10 Softball Player of the Week; UCLA's Kerr Named Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week
Feb. 23, 2010
WALNUT CREEK, Calif.- Pac-10 Commissioner Larry Scott announced today that UCLA juniors GiOnna DiSalvatore and Donna Kerr have been named Pac-10 Softball Player and Pitcher of the Week, respectively, for Feb. 15-21.
DiSalvatore, a native of Palm Harbor, Fla., hit .682 (15-for-22) with 12 RBI on five doubles and two home runs with 11 runs scored as the 10-1 Bruins went a perfect 7-0 last week. DiSalvatore had hits in all seven games, including a pair of 4-for-4 efforts and a 3-for-3 outing. In five of the seven contests, she scored and drove in at least one run.
DiSalvatore began her strong weekend in a doubleheader against UC Santa Barbara where she went 7-for-7 with six runs scored and had a career-high six RBI in the second game of the twinbill. Against Cal State Northridge on Friday, DiSalvortore extended her hit streak to nine in nine consecutive at-bats to tie her with Olympian Natasha Watley for the third-longest consecutive-hit streak in UCLA history. On the seaso, DiSalvatore is hitting .529 with two homeruns, 14 RBI, six doubles and 12 runs scored.
Kerr tossed 13 shutout innings in three UCLA victories last weekend, striking out 23 and allowing only three hits. She opened with three-innings of one-hit ball at UC Santa Barbara, striking out three and walking one. Against Cal State Northridge, Kerr, a San Diego, Calif. native, tied a Bruin season high with 11 strikeouts, tossing five innings in a one-hit game, also striking out the side in the third and fifth innings. Kerr finished out the weekend with a strong performance against Portland State, striking out nine batters in five innings while allowing one hit. On the season Kerr is 5-0 with a 0.61 ERA with 43 strikeouts in 23 innings.
UCLA has 109 all-time Player/Pitcher of the Week honors. For DiSalvatore and Kerr this is both their third Pac-10 Player of the Week and Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week honors, respectively.
Player: Baillie Kirker, ARIZ; Katelyn Boyd, ASU; Frani Echavarria, CAL; Samantha Pappas, ORE; Paige Hall, OSU; Alissa Haber, STAN; Niki Williams, WASH
Pitcher: Kenzie Fowler, ARIZ; Valerie Arioto, CAL; Jessica Moore, ORE; Paige Hall, OSU; Tegan Gerhart, STAN; Danielle Lawrie, WASH
2010 Pac-10 Player/Pitcher of the Week
Date Pac-10 Player of the Week Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week
Feb. 16 Mary Claire Brenner, OSU Danielle Lawrie, WASH