Mountain West Announces Weekly Softball Awards

March 19, 2013

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - San Diego State junior outfielder Patrice Jackson and UNLV junior righthander Amanda Oliveto have been named Mountain West Player and Pitcher of the Week, respectively, for games through March 17. This is the first MW weekly accolade for both players this season.

Jackson helped the Aztecs to a 7-0 record last week, including a 5-0 mark at the San Diego Classic II to earn co-champion honors. The Kansas City, Mo., native went 11-for-20 (.550) at the plate with four home runs, 13 RBI, seven runs scored, four walks and three doubles. Jackson finished with slugging and on-base percentages of 1.300 and .615, respectively, over the seven-game span. She recorded a hit in each of the first six games, including four multi-hit and four multi-RBI contests. On Tuesday, Jackson was 2-for-4 with two RBI, one double and one run scored in a 10-7 win over Iona. She went 2-for-3 with an RBI-double in a 13-0, five-inning win over Miami (OH) on Wednesday. In Thursday's tournament-opening action, Jackson was 3-for-3 with a grand slam, five RBI, two runs scored and two walks in a 13-6 victory over Bryant College. Against San Jose State later that day, she had one double and one walk in the team's 2-0 win. On Friday, Jackson contributed a solo home run and sacrifice fly in a 4-2 victory over Buffalo. In Sunday's 9-0 win over Seton Hall, Jackson was 2-for-3 with two home runs, three RBI and three runs scored. Defensively, she tallied four putouts and one assist with one error from her outfield position.

Oliveto helped UNLV to a 4-1 record at the San Diego Classic II last week. The Simi Valley, Calif., native was 3-0 in the circle in four appearances with a 0.93 ERA in 22.2 innings of work. She threw three complete games and struck out 16 while holding the opposition to a .130 batting average. Oliveto began the tournament with a 2-0 shutout over Texas- Arlington on Friday, where she allowed just two hits and one walk while striking out six. Against Bryant College on Saturday, Oliveto pitched 1.2 innings of scoreless relief, allowing just one hit and one walk while striking out two. Later that day, she worked all seven innings of the Rebels' 5-3 victory over Buffalo, surrendering three earned runs off seven hits and two walks with three strikeouts. Oliveto closed out tournament play on Sunday in fine fashion, throwing her fourth career no-hitter in a 5-0 complete-game shutout of Massachusetts. She fanned five batters while issuing one walk. Defensively, Oliveto was perfect in eight fielding chances, registering seven assists and one putout.