Mountain West Announces Softball Player and Pitcher of the Week

Feb. 14, 2012


COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - New Mexico senior catcher Jessica Garcia and Boise State senior righthander Aubray Zell have been named Mountain West Softball Player and Pitcher of the Week, respectively, for games through February 12. This is the second career MW weekly accolade for Garcia and first for Zell.

Garcia, a 5-5 senior from Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., recorded a hit in all five games as New Mexico posted a perfect 5-0 record at the Kajikawa Classic in Tempe, Ariz., over the weekend. The Lobos joined Washington as the only two teams to finish the tournament undefeated. Garcia went 11-for-17 at the plate with three home runs during the five-game span, driving in 11 runs and scoring six more. After going 1-for-3 with a walk in Friday's 7-6, season-opening upset of No. 16/11 Oregon, the Lobos' catcher turned in a 2-for-3 performance in a 5-4 victory against Western Michigan later that evening. She scored once and drove in one run against the Broncos. Garcia opened Saturday's action with a perfect 4-for-4 effort at the plate with four RBI, one run scored and one home run in the Lobos' 9-8 win over Idaho State. Later in the day, she went 2-for-4 with two RBI and two runs scored in a 13-5, five-inning rout of Northwestern. Garcia saved her most timely hitting for Sunday's 5-3 win against Texas State, using a two-run homer to erase a 1-0 Lobo deficit in the first inning and following that with a another two-run shot in the bottom of the sixth to give New Mexico a 5-2 lead. Garcia finished the tournament with slugging and on-base percentages of 1.176 and .632, respectively, while recording 22 putouts and three assists with one error (.962) from her spot behind the plate.

Zell, a 5-10 senior from Lakewood, Calif., went 3-0 in three appearances over the weekend at the Aggie Stampede in Davis, Calif. In three starts, she pitched 19 innings without allowing a run and surrendered just seven hits while striking out 12 batters and walking only one. Zell sandwiched five innings of one-hit ball between two shutouts while limiting opponents to a .109 batting average. In BSU's season opener on Friday, Zell went the distance against Loyola Marymount, giving up three hits and a walk while striking out five in a 3-0 win. In the Broncos' 7-3 victory over Nevada on Saturday, she faced one batter over the minimum in five innings of work, fanning four hitters before leaving with a 7-0 lead. In the weekend finale on Sunday against tournament host UC Davis, Zell recorded another complete game, shutting out the Aggies on three hits and three strikeouts in the 3-0 win. She retired the side in order in 11 of her 19 innings in the circle, and after giving up Friday's first-inning walk vs. LMU, has faced 64 consecutive batters without allowing a base on balls.