Pac-12 announces softball Players of the Week

PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Kirstyn Thomas, JR, INF, Washington (Houston, Texas)
8 GP, 8 runs, 16 hits, 6 RBI, .593 avg, 1.148 SLG
• Hit 10th home run, tying the Husky record for fastest to 10 HR in a season (Kristen Rivera- 18 games, 2003).
• Hit four doubles, doubling her season total and putting her second in the nation to teammate Taylor Van Zee (11).
• Continues to lead nation in HR (10), RBI (26), slugging percentage (1.281).
• Had multiple hits in seven of the eight Husky wins over the week, raising her batting average to .579.
• Has a nine-game hitting streak (hitting .626/.593/1.103 with 10 runs, 6 RBI in that time).
• Had first career triple.
• Has reached base in 17 of 18 games this year.
• Second weekly honor for Thomas and 102nd all-time for Washington.

PITCHER OF THE WEEK: Taylor McQuillin, JR, P, Arizona (Mission Viejo, Calif.)
5 GP, 5 wins, 24.0 IP, 27 K, 0.29 ERA
• Appeared in all five games Arizona competed in in the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic, going 4-0 with a save in the tournament.
• Allowed one run over 24 innings, good for 0.29 ERA.
• In three starts, threw three one-hit shutouts, including a seven-inning masterpiece vs. No. 4 Oklahoma, handing the Sooners their first shutout since Feb. 11, 2017.
• Struck out 27 batters in 24 innings, including seven Sooners in the complete-game victory.
• Second weekly honor for McQuillin and 168th all-time weekly honor for Arizona.

FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK: Aaliyah Jordan, FR, OF, UCLA (Chula Vista, Calif.)
6 GP, 17 AB, 7 runs, 7 hits, 9 RBI, .412 avg, 1.000 SLG
• Drove in the game-winning runs in each of the Bruins' one-run victories this week on a second-inning, two-run homer against Grand Canyon and a fifth-inning, two-run homer versus Liberty.
• Against the two ranked teams this week, #23 Nebraska and #7 LSU, went 3-for-6 with a homer and three RBI.
• Homered, had two hits and multiple RBI in each of the first three games this week.
• Second-straight weekly honor for Jordan.

ALSO NOMINATED:
Player of the Week: Alyssa Palomino, ARIZ; Danielle Gibson, ASU; McKenna Arriola, OSU; Alyssa Horeczko, STAN; Aaliyah Jordan, UCLA.
Pitcher of the Week: Giselle Juarez, ASU; Miranda Elish, ORE; Maddy Dwyer, STAN; Rachel Garcia, UCLA; Taran Alvelo, WASH.
Freshman of the Week: Danielle Gibson, ASU; Mariah Mazon, OSU; Maddy Dwyer, STAN; Nawai Kaupe, WASH.

  Player of the Week Pitcher of the Week Freshman of the Week
Feb. 27 Kirstyn Thomas, WASH Taylor McQuillin, ARIZ Aaliyah Jordan, UCLA
Feb. 20 Taylor Van Zee, WASH Megan Kleist, ORE Aaliyah Jordan, UCLA
Feb. 13 Kirstyn Thomas, WASH Taran Alvelo, WASH Briana Perez, UCLA
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