Mountain West Announces Weekly Softball Awards
Feb. 26, 2013
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - New Mexico junior second baseman Chelsea Anaya and Boise State junior righthander Rebecca Patton have been named Mountain West Player and Pitcher of the Week, respectively, for games through February 24. This is the first career MW weekly accolade for both Anaya and Patton.
Anaya led New Mexico to a 4-1 mark last week, including wins over Auburn and Kansas at the 2013 Best Western Marina Grand Islander Classic, Feb. 22-24, in Corpus Christi, Texas. The Lobo second baseman started all five games and recorded at least one hit and one RBI in every game. For the week, she went 9-for-16 (.562) at the plate, including 5-for-10 with runners on base and 4-for-7 with runners in scoring position. She hit two home runs, led the team with eight RBI, scored five runs and stole three bases. Her on-base percentage for the five games was .611, while her slugging percentage was .938. Defensively, Anaya recorded nine putouts and nine assists while committing one error. In the Lobos' 10-9 midweek victory over in-state rival New Mexico State, Anaya went 1-for-3 with two RBI and one run scored. She was part of a five-run rally in the third inning that helped the Lobos gain a one-run lead. With two outs in the top of the third inning, New Mexico loaded the bases and Anaya stepped up to the plate and hit a single to left center to bring in two runs. In tournament action over the weekend, Anaya went 8-for-13 with six RBI and four runs scored as the Lobos posted a 3-1 mark, adding a win over Southern to the victories against the Tigers and Jayhawks. New Mexico's lone loss of the week was a 6-5, eight-inning decision to tournament host Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.
Patton appeared in three games for Boise State over the weekend at the Amy S. Harrison Classic in Riverside, Calif. Patton made two starts and tossed 13 innings with a 0.54 earned run average en route to a 2-0 record. She worked four shutout innings in the Broncos' 10-1, tournament-opening win against Weber State on Friday. She allowed one hit and two walks, while striking out a season-best eight batters in shutting down the Wildcats. The first six outs of the game were recorded via strikeout and after walking two batters with one out in the first inning, Patton retired 11 of the last 12 batters she faced before turning the game and a 10-0 lead over to the bullpen. She went the distance against San Diego on Saturday, pitching a shutout for the 1-0 victory. The Northridge, Calif., native worked around seven hits but did not walk a batter and struck out six to notch Boise State's first shutout of the season. Patton finally allowed a run in a relief appearance in a rematch with San Diego on Sunday, surrendering three hits in two innings of work. For the weekend, the junior struck out 16 and walked just three, while allowing 11 hits and one earned run.