April 16, 2012
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - Freshman Stephany LaRosa has been named Pac-12 Softball Player of the Week, as announced by the conference on Monday. LaRosa hit .571 (12-for-21) last week with 12 runs batted in, three home runs and seven runs scored in helping the 16th-ranked Bruins to a pair of Pac-12 series victories over #15 Stanford and #7 Washington.
LaRosa, who also posted a 1.048 slugging and a .600 on base percentage in the six games, began the week with an incredible doubleheader performance versus the Cardinal, as she went 6-for-9 in the twinbill with nine RBI and three homers.
The freshman produced her fourth-career, four-hit game, her third-career, five-RBI contest and her second two-homer affair in game one and followed that up with a 2-for-4, four RBI effort in the nightcap with a homer and two runs scored. She closed out the Stanford series with another two-hit effort, a walk and an RBI on Wednesday. She went 8-for-12 against the Cardinal with 10 RBI.
In Seattle on the weekend, LaRosa had hits in all three games to extend her hitting streak to a career-best seven. On Friday, she was part of the Bruins' comeback in the top of the sixth. Trailing 5-0 with two outs, UCLA scored seven unanswered, including an RBI single by LaRosa which cut the deficit to 5-4.
LaRosa produced her fourth multiple-hit game of the weekend on Saturday with a single and a double, also scoring and driving in a run on a sacrifice fly. She singled, walked and scored on Sunday to close out the week with a dozen hits.
LaRosa leads the Bruins in all three triple crown categories with a .442 batting average, 13 home runs and 51 runs batted in. She is also first with an .812 slugging and second with 35 runs scored.
It is the first career Player of the Week award for LaRosa, the first of the year for UCLA and the 65th all-time.
The Bruins begin a four-game homestand on Wednesday against Cal State Northridge at 2 p.m. Gametracker and free audio will be available at UCLABruins.com, as well as live updates at twitter.com/uclasoftball.