Pac-12 announces Softball Players of the Week

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PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Teaghan Cowles, Jr., INF, Stanford (Ridgefield, Wash.)
5 GP, 11 hits, 3 2B, 1 HR, 3 RBIs, .688 AVG, .750 OBP
Hit safely in all five games to help Stanford collect a pair of 8-0 shutout wins in a doubleheader against Saint Mary’s and clinch its second-straight Pac-12 series, taking 2-of-3 versus Oregon (8-6, 2-7, 7-6) last week.
• Connected for multiple hits in four contests with five going for extra bases as the Cardinal improved to 25-5 overall and 4-1 in the Pac-12, besting its overall and Conference win totals from last year.
• Opened the series against Oregon with her fifth homer of the season and two RBIs to lead Stanford to its best league start in program history (4-0).
• Reached base at a .750 clip and owns the third-best on base percentage in the Conference while ranking fifth among league hitters with a .426 batting average.
• Collects her third career Pac-12 Player of the Week honor (2019, March 5; 2018, Feb 14) and is the only Cardinal to win a weekly nod since 2013 while marking Stanford’s 57th all-time honor. Cowles is majoring in bioengineering and was tabbed a 2018 Pac-12 All-Academic First-Team member.

PITCHER OF THE WEEK: Taylor McQuillin, Sr., P, Arizona (Mission Viejo, Calif.)
• 2 GP, 2 wins, 12.0 IP, 15 K, 0 runs, 3 BB, 0.00 ERA
Threw 15 strikeouts in a pair of two-hit wins last week to guide Arizona to its first-ever shutout sweep against rival Arizona State (8-0, 2-0).
• The senior allowed just four hits in 12 innings against the Sun Devils, who entered the weekend as the nation's top scoring offense and ranked No. 1 in the country in both home runs (65) and slugging percentage (.696).
• In Game 1, allowed one runner to reach scoring position in the Wildcats’ 8-0, five-inning win, then fanned seven batters over seven innings to complete the series sweep on Sunday.
• Picked up her sixth and seventh shutout victories this season, the third-most nationally, and improved to 12-5 overall with a 1.36 ERA, which ranks in the top-25 nationally.
• Fourth career weekly honor for McQuillin and second this season (March 5) for the 170th all-time weekly nod for Arizona.

FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK: Megan Faraimo, Fr., P, UCLA (Vista, Calif.)
3 GP, 3 wins, 18.2 IP, 18 K, 2 BB, 7 hits, 0.38 ERA, .750 FPCT
Earned three wins last week and tossed 18 strikeouts over 18.2 innings in No. 1 UCLA’s midweek matchup against Cal State Fullerton (5-1) and two-game sweep versus California (1-0, 6-0) last weekend.
• Struck out 11 batters in a complete-game victory over the Titans on Tuesday.
• Did not allow a run or walk and threw seven strikeouts in 11.2 innings of work against California. 
• Threw a complete-game, one-hit shutout on Sunday versus the Golden Bears and threw only 68 pitches on the week.
• Collects her fourth Pac-12 Freshman of the Week honor this season for UCLA’s fourth-straight and 19th all-time rookie nod.

Also Nominated
Player: Dejah Mulipola, ARIZ; Haley Cruse, ORE; Kelli Godin, UCLA; Morganne Flores, WASH.
Pitcher: Jordan Dail, ORE; Kiana Pancino, STAN; Megan Faraimo UCLA; Taran Alvelo, WASH.
Freshman: Jasmine Sievers, ORE; Emily Schultz, STAN; 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
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
March 25 Maddi Hackbarth, ASU Alyssa Denham, ARIZ Kelli Godin, UCLA
April 1 Teaghan Cowles, STAN  Taylor McQuillin, ARIZ Megan Faraimo, UCLA


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