Softball Weekly Awards
Pac-12 Announces Softball Weekly Award Winners – April 12, 2021
Player of the Week: Rachel Garcia, Sr., P/1B, UCLA (Palmdale, Calif.)
Played a pivotal role in then-No. 2 UCLA’s series win over then-No. 3 Oregon, as the Bruins won 3-of-4 contests across a competitive slate of games. Saw time in the circle during three games, including a complete-game shutout in game two of the series (7 IP, 8 H, 0 ER, 7 K). Reached base in six of her 15 plate appearances, with two home runs, five RBIs and two walks. Her home runs were a pair of two-run shots, including the go-ahead homer in the sixth inning of the series finale. Earned wins in games two and four of the series, finishing the weekend with 14 innings pitched, two earned runs surrendered and 17 strikeouts.
Pitcher of the Week: Gabbie Plain, Sr., P, WASHINGTON (Harrington Park, Australia)
Led Washington to a three-game series sweep over Oregon State, earning the win in each contest and allowing just three baserunners to reach scoring position. Carried a no-hitter into the seventh inning of game one, punching out 12 hitters across a complete-game shutout. Surrendered two runs in game two, but struck out 13 more Beavers en route to another complete-game performance. Capped off the weekend with six innings of one-hit ball, highlighted by eight more strikeouts. Moved to a sparkling 20-0 on the season, the longest undefeated start by a pitcher in program history.
Freshman of the Week: Aly Kaneshiro, Fr., C, STANFORD (Santa Clarita, Calif.)
Spearheaded Stanford’s lineup this weekend across four games against Arizona State, leading the Cardinal with a .545 batting average. Became the first freshman in program history to hit two home runs in a game since 2010, doing so in game two of the series. Achieved all six of her RBIs in the same game she went yard twice, the most by a Stanford player since February 2019. Finished the weekend with a 1.182 slugging percentage, reaching base in seven of her 12 plate appearances and knocking in seven runs. First career Pac-12 Freshman of the Week honor.
Big 12 Weekly Awards
Cowgirls Eberle and Factor Sweep Week 9 Softball Awards
Oklahoma State’s Chyenne Factor and Carrie Eberle came up huge in a weekend road sweep of Texas Tech and have likewise swept Week 9 honors as Big 12 Softball Player and Pitcher of the Week.
Factor had just one hit in the Game 1 opener on Friday night against the Red Raiders, but it was the only hit that mattered – a solo home run to break a 0-0 tie in the 7th inning for the win. It was part of a weekend that saw her go 4-for-8 at the plate with a pair of RBIs and five runs scored. She also drew a pair of walks and did not strike out, raising her season batting average 10 points to .382. The weekly honor is a career first for the junior from Yukon, Okla.
Eberle was 2-0 with two complete games and a shutout. The right hander from Charlotte, N.C. struck out 15 over the weekend, including 11 in the opener with the Red Raiders on Friday night, also a one-hit shutout. She also fielded her position cleanly, offering five assists with no errors. A 2019 transfer from Virginia Tech, this is her third Big 12 honor this year, the fifth of her career. She is ranked in the NCAA top-10 for ERA (0.71), shutouts (5) and saves (4).
The last time OSU swept weekly player and pitcher honors was in 2018, respectively, by Vanessa Shippy and Emmie Robertson.
SEC Weekly Awards
SEC Player of the Week – LSU’s Aliyah Andrews, a senior centerfielder from Oldsmar, Fla., batted .625 (10-for-16) in the victory over Louisiana Tech and the series win at No. 19 Missouri. In game three against the Tigers, Andrews matched her career high with four hits, including an RBI single in the fifth inning to extend LSU’s lead to 7-5. For the week, she recorded five runs scored, five stolen bases and four RBI.
SEC Pitcher of the Week – Alabama’s Montana Fouts, a junior right-hander from Grayson, Ky., earned a pair of complete-game victories at No. 10/8 Arkansas. Fouts struck out 23 batters and held the Razorbacks to three unearned runs and a .157 batting average. She posted double-digit strikeouts in both starts and registered her fifth shutout of the season in game three to decide the series win.
SEC Co-Newcomers of the Week – Georgia’s Sara Mosley, a sophomore designated player from Ellijay, Ga., was instrumental in the series win at No. 10/11 Kentucky. In game two, Mosley hit the game-winning three-run home run in the top of the seventh inning to take a 9-8 lead. In game three, she registered a two-RBI single in the first and then a two-run homer run in the third to give the Bulldogs a 5-0 lead.
LSU’s Ciara Briggs, a freshman outfielder from Yorba Linda, Calif., batted .417 (5-for-12) with six runs scored, two RBI and a stolen base over the mid-week win over Louisiana Tech and the series win at No. 19 Missouri. In game three against the Tigers, Briggs went 3-for-4 with three RBI and three runs scored. In the fifth inning, she recorded a two RBI single and later crossed home plate to put LSU ahead 7-5.
SEC Freshman of the Week – Ole Miss’ Blaise Biringer, a freshman second baseman from Nogales, Ariz., batted .545 with six hits, three runs scored and three RBI in a mid-week win over Central Arkansas and the series win over South Carolina. In the non-conference matchup with the Bears, Biringer hit the first inside-the-park home run for the Rebels since Kylan Becker during the 2017 NCAA Oxford Regional. She went 4-for-8 against the Gamecocks to help her team secure its eighth consecutive SEC series win at home dating back to 2018.
Sources- Pac-12, Big 12, SEC