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Pac-12 announces Softball Players of the Week

Feb 26, 2019

PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Shaye Bowden, So., UT, Oregon (Phoenix, Ariz.)
6 GP, 7 hits, 7 RBIs, .647 SLG, .476 OBP, 6 A, .412 AVG

• Led Oregon to four wins last week with seven RBIs, a double and one home run at the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic. The Ducks defeated New Mexico State (3-1), Army West Point (11-0), Texas A&M (7-5) and UC Santa Barbara (6-1).
• Drove in three runs, including the go-ahead run in the seventh inning, to help Oregon complete a comeback win over Texas A&M.
• Tallied three hits in the Ducks’ victory over UC Santa Barbara while adding a pair of RBIs for her second game with three-or-more hits this season.
• Shined defensively behind the plate with six assists and threw out three runners trying to steal a base, adding to her Conference-best six runners caught stealing this season.  
• While pursuing a degree in general sciences, Bowden collects her first career Pac-12 Player of the Week honor and Oregon’s 75th all-time nod.  

PITCHER OF THE WEEK: Rachel Garcia, Jr., P/1B, UCLA (Palmdale, Calif.)
5 GP, 2 wins, 13.0 IP, 19 K, 1.08 ERA, 1 HR, .571 SLG, .357 AVG

• Picked up victories over two ranked teams to preserve UCLA’s unbeaten 14-0 record, defeating No. 4 Oklahoma (7-1) and No. 16 Kentucky (12-4) at the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic.
• Tied a season-high 15 strikeouts in a complete-game, four-hit performance against Oklahoma.
• Threw six innings of relief versus Kentucky, allowing just two hits, one earned run and one walk.
• Improved to 6-0 after three weeks of action and ranks sixth nationally with 12.0 strikeouts per seven innings.
• In 14 at bats over five games, Garcia recorded five hits, two RBIs and one home run.
• While majoring in history, Garcia has totaled 11 career Pac-12 Pitcher of the Week honors and four consecutive dating back to last season (Feb. 25, Feb. 12; 2018: May 7, May 14), for UCLA’s 156th all-time weekly nod.

FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK: Megan Faraimo, Fr., P, UCLA (Vista, Calif.)
3 GP, 1 no-hitter, 13.0 IP, 18 K, 1.08 ERA

• Threw her second no-hitter of the season in UCLA’s 3-0 victory over Colorado State on Sunday.
• Struck out nine batters in a season-high seven innings pitched while giving up only three baserunners, which included two Bruin errors and one hit by pitch.
• Added another win versus Missouri (11-3) with nine more strikeouts in six innings and managed not to walk a single batter over 13 innings.
• Collects her second straight Pac-12 Freshman of the Week honor for UCLA’s 16th rookie nod since the award’s inception in 2015.

Also nominated:
Player of the Week: Morgan Howe, ASU; Jessica Garcia, OSU; Montana Dixon, STAN; Aaliyah Jordan, UCLA; Taryn Atlee, WASH.
Pitcher of the Week: Abby Andersen, ASU; Jordan Dail, ORE; Meehra Nelson, OSU; Maddy Dwyer, STAN; Gabbie Plain, WASH.
Freshman of the Week: Maia Rader, OSU; Sami Reynolds, WASH.


  Player of the Week Pitcher of the Week Freshman of the Week
Feb. 12 Missy Nunes, OSU Rachel Garcia, UCLA Rachel Cid, ORE
Feb. 19 Kindra Hackbarth, ASU Rachel Garcia, UCLA Megan Faraimo, UCLA
Feb. 26 Shaye Bowden, ORE Rachel Garcia, UCLA Megan Faraimo, UCLA