Feb. 23, 2010
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - The Bruins won a pair of awards on Tuesday, as juniors GiOnna DiSalvatore and Donna Kerr were named Pacific-10 Conference Player and Pitcher of the Week, respectively, after helping UCLA to a 7-0 record last week.
It is the third Pac-10 Player of the Week honor for DiSalvatore, who received the accolade twice during her freshman season of 2008. It is also the third Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week award for Kerr, who was named POW once in each of her first two seasons. The Bruins have earned 58 Pac-10 Player of the Week and 54 Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week honors.
DiSalvatore hit .682 (15-for-22) with 12 runs batted in, five doubles, two home runs and 11 runs scored last week. She had hits in all seven games, including a pair of 4-for-4 efforts and a 3-for-3 performance. She drove in a run in five contests and scored in five.
On Wednesday in a doubleheader at UC Santa Barbara, DiSalvatore went 7-for-7 with six runs scored and had a career-high six RBI in the nightcap of the twinbill. In game one, she went 3-for-3 with three runs scored, a double and a walk. She followed that up with a 4-for-4 performance in game two, again scoring three times and producing a half dozen RBI on a two-run double, an RBI double and a three-run homer.
DiSalvatore, who had a hit in her last at-bat during the opening weekend, extended her consecutive hits streak to nine in the first game of a doubleheader on Friday at the Stacy Winsberg Memorial Tournament. Her RBI single in the first inning against Cal State Northridge put the Bruins on the board and tied her with Olympian Natasha Watley for the third-longest, consecutive-hits streak in UCLA history.
In the next three games, DiSalvatore extended her hitting streak with single hits against Cal Poly, UC Davis and Cal State Northridge. The junior had a double against both the Mustangs and the Matadors and scored a run against the Aggies and the Matadors.
DiSalvatore started the week the way she ended it with a 4-for-4, three-RBI, three-run effort against Portland State on Sunday. She hit her second homer of the weekend in the first inning, a three-run shot that gave the Bruins a 3-0 lead. The junior had singles in the third, fifth and sixth, scoring in her last two at-bats.
DiSalvatore had a 1.182 slugging percentage and a .708 on base percentage for the week. She also added a pair of walks and two stolen bases. On the year, she is hitting .529 with two homers, 14 RBI, six doubles and 12 runs scored.
Kerr tossed 13 shutout innings in three UCLA victories last weekend, striking out 23 and allowing only three hits.
Kerr opened the weekend with three innings of one-hit ball at UC Santa Barbara on Wednesday, striking out three and walking one. She fanned one in all three of her innings.
On Friday against Cal State Northridge, Kerr tied a season high with 11 strikeouts, tossing five innings of one-hit ball. She struck out the side in the third and fifth and had two apiece in the second and fourth. The only hit she allowed was a leadoff single in the fifth.
Kerr closed out the weekend with another dominating performance against Portland State on Sunday, striking out nine in five innings of one-hit ball. She fanned the side in the second and a pair in both the third and fourth.
On the year, Kerr is 5-0 with a 0.61 earned run average and 43 strikeouts in 23 innings.
The third-ranked Bruins host Cal State Fullerton on Wednesday at 2 p.m. at Easton Stadium. Gametracker and live audio will be available at UCLABruins.com.