LaRosa and Henderson 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 15-21. UCLA sophomore shortstop Stephany LaRosa was named the Player of the Week. CALIFORNIA senior pitcher Jolene Henderson was voted the Pitcher of the Week.

LaRosa recorded a pair of multi-hit games in the weekend series against then-No. 22 ARIZONA. The sophomore went 6-for-12 (.500) during the three-game series, driving in five runs and scoring three times. She was a part of eight of the Bruins' 28 runs in the series. She posted a double and a single in her first two at-bats in the first game of the series. She then added three more hits on Friday and another hit in the game on Saturday. She hit a three-run homer in a six-run second inning in the 13-3 win on Friday. She added singles in the third and the seventh innings. In the final game of the series, the Diamond Bar, Calif., native hit her second homer in as many days to account for the game-winning run. She leads the Bruins with a .379 average and a .464 on-base percentage on the season. She is second with 40 RBI, 22 walks and a .710 slugging. She now has 11 home runs and 36 runs scored on the season.

Henderson pitched an outstanding 0.38 ERA through 18.2 innings of work this past week. In the Friday 8-0, five inning, victory over OREGON STATE she allowed just two hits and one walk while striking out six. She continued on Saturday to lead the Golden Bears to a 3-1 win again over the Beavers. Henderson sent another six batters straight back to the dugout giving up just three hits and no walks. In the series closer on Sunday she retired another six batters, walked none and gave up four hits. She ended the weekend with a combined 18 strikeouts and just one walk drawn by the Beavers plus one earned run.

This is LaRosa's second Player of the Week award and the 122nd honor for UCLA all time. It is the 13th Pitcher of the Week honor for Escobedo and the third this season, bringing California's all-time total to 85.

Also Nominated Player: Bethany Kemp, ASU; Breana Kostreba, CAL; Samantha Pappas, ORE; Kayla Bonstrom, STAN; Mariah Ramirez, UTAH; Victory Hayward, WASH.

Also Nominated Pitcher: Dallas Escobedo, ASU; Jessica Moore, ORE; Tina Anderson, OSU; Ally Carda, UCLA; Kayce Nieto, 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
April 22 - Stephany LaRosa, Jr., SS, UCLA

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
April 22 - Jolene Henderson, Sr., P, CAL

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