Pac-12 announces softball players of the week
SAN FRANCISCO — The Pac-12 Conference office announced the softball weekly honors for play from Mar. 21-28. OREGON junior Nikki Udria was named player of the week, OREGON’s Cheridan Hawkins was tabbed pitcher of the week while WASHINGTON rookie Taran Alvelo was voted freshman of the week.
Udria (Covina, Calif.) continued her tremendous season with another great week for the Ducks. The shortstop went 6-for-13 over four games, including a two-homer performance in the second game of the series against Stanford. Her first homer of the game was the first by any Duck at new Jane Sanders Stadium. Of her six total hits, four were for extra bases. Udria is hitting a whopping .482 this season with a team-high 10 home runs and more than twice as many walks (12) than strikeouts (5). The rangy shortstop has also made just one error all season. Udria’s honor marks the 57th all-time weekly accolade for the Ducks.
Hawkins (Anderson, Calif.) earned three wins over the week, two as a starter and one in relief. On Monday night at Washington, as the Ducks picked up a sweep of the top-10 ranked Huskies on the road, Hawkins threw the final 3.2 innings, allowing no runs on just one hit with a pair of strikeouts. In the series opener against Stanford on Thursday night at the Ducks’ new Jane Sanders Stadium, Hawkins was masterful, twirling a two hit shutout with 14 strikeouts. She earned her third win of the week in the series finale on Saturday, allowing just two hits in five innings with eight more strikeouts as the Ducks won their 18th straight game overall, matching the program record. This is Hawkins’ first weekly accolade this season and Oregon’s 58th- all time.
Alvelo (Carroll, Ohio) helped the 10th-ranked Huskies beat UCLA twice, before dropping the series finale, 10-8. The freshman RHP went 2-0, earning both of the wins and striking 16 over the weekend. In the first game, Alvelo tossed her first career complete-game shutout, striking out five while allowing just four hits and one walk. In the second game, Alvelo earned the win, throwing all but one out in the game, allowing six hits and four earned runs. She struggled with walks, giving free passes to eight Bruin batters, but struck out eight, including back-to-back strikeouts with a pair of runners on to end the fourth and seventh innings. In the series finale, she entered the game after a lead off triple in the fifth inning, giving up four earned runs on three hits. This is Alvelo’s second-career weekly honor after being named pitcher of the week earlier this season. This is Washington’s 93rd all-time weekly honor.
A player of the week has been selected every week since 1989, with the pitcher of the week honor dating back to 1992. This is the second season of freshman of the week honors.
This week, No. 4/7 Oregon hosts No. 14/16 UCLA beginning on Friday, Apr. 1 at 6 p.m. PT. The No. 10/10 Huskies will host No. 18/18 Arizona beginning on Saturday, Apr. 2 at 7 p.m. PT. The Pac-12 Networks full television information can be found here.
PLAYER: Katiyana Mauga, ARIZ; Chelsea Gonzales, ASU; Taurie Pogue, CAL; McKenna Arriola, OSU; Haley Snyder, STAN; Madeline Jelenicki, UCLA; Hannah Flippen, UTAH; Ali Aguilar, WASH.
PITCHER: Kelsey Kessler, ASU; Kourtney Shaw, CAL; Bev Miller, OSU; Carolyn Lee, STAN; Taran Alvelo, WASH.
FRESHMAN: Kourtney Shaw, CAL; Shelby Weeks, OSU; Carolyn Lee, STAN; Paige Halstead, UCLA; Ally Dickman, UTAH.
2016 SOFTBALL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
|Feb. 17||Mo Mercado, ARIZ||Taran Alvelo, WASH||Meehra Nelson, OSU|
|Feb. 23||Kylee Perez, UCLA||Danielle O’Toole, ARIZ||Morgann Flores, WASH|
|Mar. 1||Nikki Girard, ASU||Meehra Nelson, OSU||Kayleen Shafer, OSU|
|Mar. 8||Ali Aguilar, WASH||Megan Kleist, ORE||Taylor McQuillin, ARIZ|
|Mar. 14||Delaney Spaulding, UCLA||Taylor McQuillin, ARIZ||Taylor McQuillin, ARIZ|
|Mar. 21||Gwen Svekis, ORE||Danielle O’Toole, ARIZ||Ally Dickman, UTAH|
|Mar. 28||Nikki Udria, ORE||Cheridan Hawkins, ORE||Taran Alvelo, WASH|