WALNUT CREEK, Calif. – After helping the Pac-12-leading University of Oregon softball team stake its first-ever sweep of No. 17 Arizona last weekend, catcher Alexa Peterson received Pac-12 Player of the Week honors Monday.

The junior from Salem, Ore., led the Ducks for the three games in hitting (.714), homers (2-tied), RBI (5-tied) and slugging (1.714).

In the finale, she vs. hit a career-best pair of homers to tie the team’s game season high, and her 4 RBI was a career high and one shy of the team season high.

The 2012 All-WCWS Tourney Team pick logged multi-hit efforts in the last two tilts to give her 14 on the season.  She also reached base twice in the opener with a walk and her 10th double of the season.

On the season, she led the Pac-12 in batting (.484), slugging (.895) and on-base percentage (.559) this week, and stood third in doubles (10), eighth in hits (46) an
d 10th in total bases (85).

Similarly this week, she ranked eighth nationally in batting, 16th in on-base percentage, 24th in slugging and 42nd in the toughest to strike out category. 

Monday’s honor was the second for the All-Region returnee after she won honors after the final week of the regular season in 2011.

Peterson is the sixth Duck selection this season with three-time honoree and freshman pitcher Cheridan Hawkins (3/5, 3/25, 4/1), senior pitcher Jessica Moore (4/8) and junior first baseman Kailee Cuico (4/1).

Altogether, Monday’s award marked the 43rd pitcher/player honor in school history, and 14th in head coach Mike White’s four-year tenure.

Moore won two honors in prior seasons, as did two other current Ducks - senior outfielders Samantha Pappas (3/29/10, 4/9/12) and Allie Burger (3/2/10).
 
Off to a best-ever conference start under White, the No. 6 Ducks (36-6, 13-2) scored their first +8-run victories last weekend in the 101-game series vs. No. 17 Arizona (8-0 (5), 9-0 (5)) and a 5-3 win in the opener.

UO ended the series with its 19th and 20th no-hitters in school history in consecutive games, thanks to five-inning decisions by freshman Cheridan Hawkins and a perfect game by senior Jessica Moore.

Under White, UO is 8-4 in the series after it staked 2-1 advantages last year in Tucson and in 2011 in Eugene. In comparison, UA owned a 76-13 edge in the teams' prior meetings between 1984-2009.

Looking ahead, UO travels to returning Pacific Coast Softball Conference champion Portland State (15-21) for a doubleheader on Tuesday, April 16 that starts at 4 p.m.

 


2013 Pac-12 Players of the Week: Feb. 12- Cheyenne Coyle, Jr., SS, ASU; Feb. 19 - B.B. Bates, Sr., OF, UCLA; Feb. 26 - Natalie Hampton, Fr., 1B, OSU; March 5 - Alix Johnson, Jr., CF, ASU; March 12 - Cheyenne Cordes, So., SS, Cal; March 19 - Sam Parlich, Sr., 2B, ASU; March 25- Lindsey Ziegenhirt, Sr., C, Cal; April 1 – Kailee Cuico, Jr., 1B, ORE; April 8 – Jackie Sweet, Sr., 2B, Utah; April 15 – Alexa Peterson, Jr., C

2013 Pac-12 Pitchers of the Week: Feb. 12- Dallas Escobedo, Jr., P, ASU; Feb. 19 - Kelsey Stevens, Fr., P, STAN; Feb. 26 - Bryana Walker, Jr., P, WASH; March 5 - Cheridan Hawkins, Fr, P, ORE; March 12 - Jolene Henderson, Sr. P, Cal; March 19 - Jolene Henderson, Sr. P, Cal; March 25 - Cheridan Hawkins, Fr., P, ORE; April 1 – Cheridan Hawkins, Fr., P, ORE; April 8 - Jessica Moore, Sr., P, ORE; April 15 – Dallas Escobedo, Jr., P, ASU
 
 
Duck All-Time Pac-12 Pitcher/Player of the Week Awards (combined honor)
1989 - Katie Wiese, 2/14
1989 - Kathy Gray, 2/21
1989 - Danny Senner, 3/28
1989 - Katie Wiese, 4/4
1990 - Julie Cavanaugh, 4/24
1990 - Katie Wiese, 5/7

Duck Pac-12 Player of the Week Awards
1992 - Marnie McCall, 3/17
1992 - Tracey Simmons, 5/4
1993 - Laura Schmidt, 3/23
1994 - Laura Schmidt, 4/18
1996 - Angie LeRoy, 4/3
1997 - Lindsey Welch, 2/25
1997 - Triawn Custer, 3/31
1999 - Katie Mackey, 3/30
1999 - Katie Mackey, 5/3
2000 - Christi Shelton, 4/3
2003 - Erin Goodell, 3/18
2003 - Andrea Vidlund, 4/15
2004 - Kayleen Hudson, 3/30
2005 - Lovena Chaput, 3/29
2007 - Jenn Salling, 2/27
2007 - Jenn Salling, 4/3
2010 - Allie Burger, 3/2
2010 - Samantha Pappas, 3/29
2010 - Monique Fuiava, 4/11
2011 - Alexa Peterson, 5/17
2012 – Samantha Pappas, 4/9
2013 – Kailee Cuico, 4/1
2013 – Alexa Peterson, 4/15

Duck Pac-12 Pitcher of the Week Awards
1999 - Connie McMurren, 5/3
2003 - Amy Harris, 2/11
2004 - Ani Nyhus, 4/6
2004 - Ani Nyhus, 4/20
2005 - Amy Harris, 5/3
2006 - Alicia Cook, 5/2
2007 - Melissa Rice, 3/27
2010 - Jessica Moore, 3/29
2011 – Jessica Moore, 3/1
2011 - Brittany Rumfelt, 5/17
2013 – Cheridan Hawkins, 3/5
2013 – Cheridan Hawkins, 3/25
2013 – Cheridan Hawkins, 4/1
2013 – Jessica Moore, 4/8
 


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