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LaRosa Named Athlete of the Week; Sami Hill Makes Play of the Week
By: UCLA Athletics
Junior Stephany LaRosa of the UCLA softball team was named the UCLA/Muscle Milk Student-Athlete of the Week, and a penalty save by Sami Hill at California was selected as the Play of the Week for Mar. 24-30.

LaRosa, the Pac-12 Player of the Week, reached base in all five games last week, all UCLA wins, homering in three of them and recording eight hits in 13 at-bats for a .615 batting average with eight runs batted in. She scored four times and walked twice.

LaRosa opened the week with home runs in both ends of a Wednesday doubleheader against UC Santa Barbara. With the Bruins up 1-0 in the fifth inning, LaRosa hit a two-run shot to put UCLA up 3-0. It would prove to be the game-winning RBI, as the Bruins won the first contest, 5-1. In game two of the twinbill, LaRosa had a three-hit game with two singles and another homer. She singled home a run in her first at-bat in the first inning, hit a two-run homer in the third and singled again in the fourth.

On Friday in the weekend series opener against Utah, LaRosa reached in all three plate appearances to extend her streak to seven straight times reaching base. She hit her third homer in as many games in the first inning, singled home a run in the second and walked in the third.

On Saturday, LaRosa extended her reached base streak to eight consecutive with an RBI single in the first inning. She would go 2-for-4 in the game with a single in the fourth. On Sunday, LaRosa did not record a hit, but had two productive at-bats, walking in the first and sacrificing a runner over in the fourth, which eventually led to the Bruins’ first run of the contest.

Hill's penalty save was the first of two penalty stops for her in the Bruins' 11-8 win at Cal. With the Bruins trailing 3-2 late in the first period, Hill made a big save on the penalty shot to keep the Bruins in the match.

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