May 1, 2007
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - UCLA senior Jodie Legaspi has been named the Pac-10 Softball Player of the Week for Apr. 24-30, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced today.
Legaspi, from Garden Grove, Calif., hit .417 (5-for-12) in four games for the Bruins last week with three home runs, a double, nine RBI and four runs scored. She was also perfect in the field at shortstop. UCLA went 3-1 on the week to move into a tie for second in the Pac-10 race at 9-6
UCLA's only setback came on Wednesday at Washington, 8-3. Legaspi did contribute an RBI double in the loss however. Legaspi then ended Friday's game against Oregon with a walk-off single in UCLA's 8-0 win.
Legaspi knocked in five of UCLA's six runs in a 6-3 win over No. 13/14 Oregon State on Saturday. She blasted a two-run homer with two outs in the first inning, then put the game away with a three-run longball in the fifth inning to give the Bruins a 6-1 lead. It was UCLA's first multi-home run game since Feb. 18
Sunday, Legaspi victimized the Beavers again, connecting on a game-tying two-run home run in the fourth inning, then scored UCLA's final run of the day in what would be a 5-3 win. Legaspi had at least one hit and RBI in all four games last week.
In Pac-10 play, Legaspi leads all hitters with 17 RBI, and is second in home runs with six. Legaspi is now seventh at UCLA in career RBI with 153, and sixth in home runs with 42.
UCLA (9-6 Pac-10, 33-12) remains at home this week to host California on Friday and Stanford on Saturday and Sunday. The Bruins remained 12th in today's ESPN.com/USA Softball Top-25 poll.
This is the first career Player of the Week award for Legaspi, and the 97th Player/Pitcher of the Week award for UCLA.