Peterson and Escobedo earn weekly Pac-12 softball honors

By the Pac-12 Conference

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - The Pac-12 Conference office announced today the Pac-12 softball weekly honors for the week of April 8-14. OREGON junior catcher Alexa Peterson was named the Player of the Week. ARIZONA STATE junior pitcher Dallas Escobedo was voted the Pitcher of the Week.

Peterson helped then-No. 6 Oregon to a four-game win streak, sweeping then-No. 17 ARIZONA on the weekend. The junior hit safely in all three games and had a pair of multi-hit games to total 14 on the season. In the series finale she hit a pair of home runs to tie the team's game season high and her 4 RBI were a personal career high and one shy of the team season high. She led the Ducks for the weekend series in hitting (.714), homers (two), RBI (five) and slugging (1.714). Prior to the weekend, Peterson led the Pac-12 in batting and on-base percentage and was second in slugging and third in doubles. Her performance on the weekend improved on all her previous season totals.

The Glendale, Ariz., native went 2-0 against then-No. 14 WASHINGTON and allowed just two earned runs. Escobedo struck out 13 in 14.2 innings worked. She held the Huskies to a .137 batting average way below their season average of .323. With the two added wins, Escobedo moved up to third all-time at ASU in victories with 82. She has 21 victories on the year tying at 10th in single-season marks in Sun Devil history. The junior now has 787 strikeouts in her career, tying her for fourth all-time at ASU and 10th in single season totals (226). Prior to the weekend, Escobedo was 12th in the nation in wins, fifth in strikeouts and seventh in strikeouts per seven innings. On the season she has a 2.12 ERA in 158.2 innings and a 21-4 record.

This is Peterson's first Player of the Week award and the 41st honor for Oregon all-time. It is the fourth Pitcher of the Week honor for Escobedo, the second this year and brings Arizona State's all-time total to 77.

Also Nominated Player: Amber Freeman, ASU; Lea Cavestany, OSU; Jenna Rich, STAN; Ally Carda, UCLA; Kate Dickman, UTAH.

Also Nominated Pitcher: Jessica Moore, ORE;  Tina Andreana, OSU; Teagan Gerhart, STAN; Ally Carda, UCLA; Mariah Ramierz, UTAH; Kaitlin Inglesby, WASH.

2013 Pac-12 Players of the Week
Feb. 12- Cheyenne Coyle, Jr., SS, ASU
Feb. 19 - B.B. Bates, Sr., OF, UCLA
Feb. 26 - Natalie Hampton, Fr., 1B, OSU
March 5 - Alix Johnson, Jr., CF, ASU
March 12 - Cheyenne Cordes, So., SS, CAL
March 19 - Sam Parlich, Sr., 2B, ASU
March 25 - Lindsey Ziegenhirt, Sr., C, CAL
April 1 - Kailee Cuico, Jr., 1B, ORE
April 8 - Jackie Sweet, Sr., 2B, UTAH
April 15 - Alexa Peterson, Jr., C, ORE

2013 Pac-12 Pitchers of the Week
Feb. 12- Dallas Escobedo, Jr., P, ASU
Feb. 19 - Kelsey Stevens, Fr., P, STAN
Feb. 26 - Bryana Walker, Jr., P, WASH
March 5 - Cheridan Hawkins, Fr, P, ORE
March 12 - Jolene Henderson, Sr., P, CAL
March 19 - Jolene Henderson, Sr., P, CAL
March 25 - Cheridan Hawkins, Fr., P, ORE
April 1 - Cheridan Hawkins, Fr., P, ORE
April 8 - Jessica Moore, Sr., P, ORE
April 15 - Dallas Escobedo, Jr., P, ASU

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