Mountain West Announces Softball Player and Pitcher of the Week

Feb. 21, 2012

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - New Mexico senior outfielder Shenise Cox and Boise State senior righthander Aubray Zell have been named Mountain West Softball Player and Pitcher of the Week, respectively, for games through February 19. This is the second career MW weekly accolade for Zell and first for Cox.

Cox, a 5-8 senior from Antioch Calif., recorded multiple hits in four games, and homered in all five, as New Mexico posted a 4-1 record at its own Lobo Classic over the weekend. She drove in 10 runs and scored 10 more while going 9-for-18 at the plate over the five-game span. Seven of those hits went for extra bases as Cox collected one double, one triple and five home runs. In the Lobos' tournament-opening win over Central Arkansas, she hit a two-out, three-run homer to break open a 5-5 tie in the top of the fourth inning. Cox followed that with a seventh-inning triple, driving in New Mexico's final run en route to the 10-8 victory. She finished the game 2-for-5 with one triple, one home run, four RBI and one run scored. Cox went 1-for-2 with one RBI, three runs scored and two walks as the Lobos cruised past Bryant, 15-1, in Friday's nightcap. On Saturday, she went a combined 4-for-8 with two home runs, two RBI and five runs scored as the Lobos ran their record to 9-0 with victories over Northern Colorado (11-3) and Central Arkansas (5-3), tying a program record for best start. Cox also provided some clutch hitting in Sunday's 10-6 loss to Purdue, launching a two-out, three-run homer that brought UNM to within one, 5-4, in the bottom of the second inning. She was 2-for-3 at the plate in a game that was shortened to five innings due to the Boilermakers' travel plans. Cox finished the tournament with slugging and on-base percentages of 1.500 and .550, respectively, while recording six putouts from her position in right field.

Zell, a 5-10 senior from Lakewood, Calif., went 2-1 in three complete-game appearances over the weekend at the Campbell/Cartier Classic in San Diego. She registered a 1.05 ERA and a 14:1 strikeout-to-walk ratio in her 20 innings of work, holding opponents to a .211 batting average. Zell recorded her third shutout of the season in a 4-0 victory against San Diego on Saturday, allowing just two hits while striking out seven. She did not walk a batter and retired the side in order in five of her seven innings. In Sunday's 3-1 win over Notre Dame, Zell held the Fighting Irish to one run. She was perfect through three innings before scattering five hits over the final four frames. For the fourth time in six starts, she did not walk a batter and struck out five Notre Dame hitters. Zell allowed four runs (two earned) on nine hits and one walk in her first start of the weekend against No. 12/8 UCLA as the Broncos fell, 4-1, for Zell's first loss of the season. The Bruins scored two runs in the first frame, snapping Zell's streak of 19 consecutive shutout innings to start the year. Zell has now issued only two walks to the last 232 batters she has faced, dating back to last season. Her three shutouts are one shy of the single-season school record of four she set last year.