Jimenez Named Pac-12 Player of the Week
SALT LAKE CITY – Infielder Julia Jimenez has been named the Pac-12 Player of the Week by the conference this afternoon after leading the Utes to a series win against No. 9 Washington, their first series win against the Huskies since joining the Pac-12.
Jimenez was a force to be reckoned with at the plate, leading the team with a .500 batting average (5-for-10), hitting one home run, two doubles, driving in three runs and scored one run. She finished the weekend with a 1.000 slugging percentage, .545 on-base percentage and a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage playing third base.
In the series clinching game, Jimenez went 2-for-3 at the dish hitting her 10th home run of the year in her first at bat and second double of the weekend in the bottom of the seventh to put the winning run on third. This performance would give Jimenez her 14th multi-RBI and 15th multi-hit performance of the season.
Jimenez is having a career year at the plate, posting career highs in batting average (.335), runs scored (26), doubles (10), home runs (10), RBI (50), slugging percentage (.606), on-base percentage (.403) and stolen bases (4). Her 50 RBI leads the team and places her tied for fifth in the Pac-12. She is also seeing her best year in the field with a .955 fielding percentage and is sixth in the conference with 96 assists.
This is Jimenez's first career weekly Pac-12 honor and the first for Utah this season. The last time a Ute received a conference weekly honor was back in 2017 (Kelly Martinez, Pac-12 Freshman of the Week) and is the first Pac-12 Player of the Week since 2016 (Anissa Urtez).