Pac-12 announces Softball Players of the Week

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PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Rachel Garcia, Jr., P/1B, UCLA (Palmdale, Calif.)
3 GP, 6 hits, 2 HR, 8 RBIs, 7 PO, .600 AVG, .636 OBP
Recorded six hits, eight RBIs and seven putouts with no errors to lead No. 1 UCLA to a weekend sweep against then-No. 5 Washington (3-0, 4-2, 15-6) in its first Pac-12 series of the season.
• Hit a go-ahead, two-run homer in the eighth inning to help the Bruins secure a 4-2 victory on Saturday and clinch the series.
• Capped the sweep with a career-high six RBIs and tied personal bests with four hits and three runs scored, finishing a triple shy of the cycle. Had an RBI single, two-run double and a three-run homer in the finale.
• Collects her second Pac-12 Player of the Week honor and 16th all-time Conference weekly honor, marking UCLA’s 155th and 156th all-time weekly nods.
• The history major is the third player in Pac-12 history to earn both the Pac-12 Pitcher of the Week and Pac-12 Player of the Week in the same week (1998: Tarrah Beyster, OSU; 1993: Lisa Fernandez, UCLA), the only one to accomplish the feat twice in her career (April 16, 2018).

PITCHER OF THE WEEK: Rachel Garcia, Jr., P/1B, UCLA (Palmdale, Calif.)
2 GP, 2 wins, 12.0 IP, 16 K, 0 runs, 3 BB, 0.00 ERA

• Posted a perfect weekend in the circle and tallied 16 strikeouts to open league play at then-No. 5 Washington, earning two of UCLA’s three wins last week.
• Did not allow a run in 12 innings of work and lowered her season earned-run average to 0.54, ranking fourth nationally.
• Struck out nine in a complete-game, three-hit shutout on Friday, limiting the Huskies to six base runners.
• On Saturday, fanned seven batters and conceded only one walk in five innings of relief to clinch the series.
• The reigning USA Softball, NFCA and ESPNW National Player of the Year collects her 11th Pac-12 Pitcher of the Week honor.
• Moved into a tie for the third-most career weekly honors in league history with 13, just four shy of the record (Danielle Lawrie, WASH - 17).

FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK: Kelli Godin, Fr., UTIL, UCLA (Seal Beach, Calif.)
3 GP, 5 hits, 3 runs, 1 2B, 4 PO, .556 AVG, .556 OBP
• Went 5-for-9 at the plate with two stolen bases and three runs scored to help the top-ranked Bruins begin Conference action with a road sweep versus Washington.
• Recorded two hits, a run and a steal in the series opener. Sparked the offense in the sixth inning with a leadoff single for the first hit of the game as UCLA scored three runs in the sixth en route to a 3-0 win.
• Set a career high with three hits in the series finale as the slap hitter produced her second double of the season and swiped her 13th base.  
• While majoring in pre-psychology, Godin collects her first Pac-12 Freshman of the Week honor this season for UCLA’s 18th rookie nod. 

Also Nominated
Player of the Week: Dejah Mulipola, ARIZ; Shelby Weeks, OSU; Ellessa Bonstrom, UTAH.
Pitcher of the Week: Taylor McQuillin, ARIZ; Sydney Sandez, UTAH
Freshman of the Week: Ellessa Bonstrom, UTAH; Madi Huskey, 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
March 5 Teaghan Cowles, STAN  Taylor McQuillin, ARIZ Emily Young, STAN
March 12 Lindsay Rood, CAL Gabbie Plain, WASH Megan Faraimo, UCLA
March 19 Rachel Garcia, UCLA Rachel Garcia, UCLA Kelli Godin, UCLA


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