CLEARWATER, Fla. – Following a remarkably successful weekend at the Easton Desert Classic in Las Vegas, Nev., senior outfielder B.B. Bates of No. 16 UCLA has been chosen as the Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division I National Player of the Week (February 19) for games played over February 14-17.
For the week Bates hit a staggering .706 (12-for-17) with eight home runs, including at least one in each of the Bruins’ five contests, 10 runs scored and 19 RBIs to go along with a 2.176 slugging percentage and a .722 on-base percentage. In the process she became the first UCLA player to hit two home runs in each of three consecutive games and set a school record with six HR’s over just three match-ups. By homering in five straight games, Bates also equaled a program mark for consecutive contests with a big fly.
She started off her impressive efforts during a dominant, 11-1 (5 inn.) run-rule triumph over then-No. 20 Hawai’i by going 3-for-3 at the dish with three runs scored, two HR’s and five RBIs. Next up were 3-for-4, 2 HR, five-RBI, 3-for-3, 2 HR, four-RBI and 2-for-3, HR, two-RBI performances in victories over San Jose State (8-4), Seattle (9-0, 5 inn.) and Louisiana-Monroe (9-1, six inn.), respectively, before wrapping up her weekend with a three-run blast during an 11-2 (6 inn.) rout of Ohio.
Next up for the Bruins is a visit to the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic (formerly the Palm Springs Classic) in Palm Springs, Calif., over February 22-24. During its stay at the event, UCLA will battle No. 4 Tennessee, Maryland, Oklahoma State, No. 11 LSU and Nevada.
Other Top Performances
California’s Lindsey Ziegenhirt hit .556 with five HR’s and 11 RBI, plus a 2.222 slugging percentage as the Golden Bears went 6-0 during the week…Taylor Thom of Texas was 10-for-18 (.556) with eight runs scored, three doubles, four HR’s, including two grand slams in a single contest against Houston, and 14 RBIs at the Hilton Houston Plaza Invitational…Michelle Gascoigne of Oklahoma was 3-0 from the circle with a 0.38 ERA, 36 strikeouts and a .120 batting average against at the Campbell Cartier Classic in San Diego, Calif….Virginia Tech’s Lauren Gaskill hit .563 (9-for-16) with 10 runs scored, two doubles, a triple, a HR, five steals and three RBIs while being named MVP of the Troy Subway Invitational…Ball State’s Jennifer Gilbert hit .750 (9-for-12) over four contests with three HR’s, 10 RBIs, a 1.583 slugging mark and a .800 on-base percentage at the Kennesaw State Classic…Lauren Gibson helped Tennessee to a 5-0 mark and the title of the USF Four-Team Tournament by registering a .600 average (9-for-15) with a double, a HR, eight runs scored, a pair of stolen bases and five RBIs…Arizona State’s Dallas Escobedo was 4-0 from the circle with a 1.33 ERA and 39 K’s over just 21 innings of work at the Littlewood Classic in Tempe, Ariz….Emily Albus of Texas A&M was 10-for-17 (.588) with two doubles, six steals and three RBIs at the Aggie Classic…Paige Nowacki of Georgia State blasted six HR’s as part of a .462 (6-for-13) effort with 14 RBIs at the Panther Invitational…Nicole Hudson of Missouri hit .538 with five HR’s and 11 RBIs while also firing five innings against Fresno State to earn a win from the circle at the UCSB Tournament in Santa Barbara, Calif….Geri Ann Glasco of Georgia hit .636 (7-for-11) with two doubles, three HR’s and seven RBIs while also going 1-0 from the circle at the UGA Softball Classic…Indiana’s Meaghan Murphy was 3-0 with a 0.74 ERA and 18 K’s in 19 IP, while tossing her first career no-hitter (vs. Miami of Ohio)…Longwood’s Megan Baltzell hit three HR’s in five at-bats (.600/3-for-5) with six RBIs in a two-game sweep of North Carolina Central.
2013 Louisville Slugger Division I National Player of the Week
Feb. 12 – Keilani Ricketts – Oklahoma – Sr. – P – San Jose, Calif.
Feb. 19 – B.B. Bates – UCLA – Sr. – OF – Victorville, Calif.