Del Ponte, Gerhart Earn Weekly Honors

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - ARIZONA junior third baseman Brigette Del Ponte was named Pac-12 Softball Player of the Week and STANFORD junior pitcher Teagan Gerhart was named Pac-12 Softball Pitcher of the Week for February 20-26, Commissioner Larry Scott announced today.

Del Ponte hit .571 (8-for-14) with two home runs and a double at the Cathedral City Classic in Palm Springs, Calif. Del Ponte collected a team-best 15 bases while accumulating a 1.071 slugging percentage. She had eight RBI on the weekend to lead the Wildcats to a 5-1 record at the tournament. Del Ponte walked four times and did not strike out over the six games. She also provided stellar defense at third base, committing no errors in 19 chances.

Gerhart picked up five wins to lead the Cardinal to an undefeated weekend at the Cathedral City Classic. She posted a 0.22 ERA in five appearances, which included two complete-game shutouts. Gerhart finished the weekend with 30 strikeouts, allowing just one earned run in 31.2 innings pitched. She issued just four walks and 12 hits, with only one hit being for extra bases, to hold opponents to a .109 batting average. Gerhart posted a complete-game shutout against No. 6 Oklahoma on Friday, handing the Sooners just their second loss of the season.

This is the third Player of the Week honor for Del Ponte and the 135th weekly honor for Arizona all-time. This is Gerhart's fourth career Pitcher of the Week honor and Stanford's 49th award.

Stanford travels to Fullerton, Calif., for the DeMarini Invitational beginning Friday, March 2. Arizona hosts College of Charleston for three games starting Friday.

Also Nominated (Player): Alix Johnson, ASU; Ashley Decker, CAL; Kaylan Howard, ORE; Hannah Bouska, OSU; Ashley Hansen, STAN; Stephany LaRosa, UCLA; Kelsi Hoopiiaina, UTAH; Kimberlee Souza, WASH.

Also Nominated (Pitcher): Kenzie Fowler, ARIZ; Dallas Escobedo, ASU; Jolene Henderson, CAL; Jessica Moore, ORE; Generra Nielson, UTAH; Kaitlin Inglesby, WASH.

2012 Pac-12 Players of the Week: Feb. 14 - Valerie Arioto, RS Sr., P/1B, CAL; Feb. 21 - Valerie Arioto, RS Sr., P/UTIL, CAL; Feb. 28 - Brigette Del Ponte, Jr., 3B, ARIZ.

2012 Pac-12 Pitchers of the Week: Feb. 14 - Kaitlin Inglesby, So., WASH; Feb. 21 - Hillary Bach, Sr., ASU; Feb. 28 - Teagan Gerhart, Jr., STAN.

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