Mountain West Announces Weekly Softball Awards

April 23, 2013

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Boise State junior righthander Rebecca Patton has been named Mountain West Pitcher of the Week, while Colorado State junior third baseman Chelsea Biglow and Nevada junior infielder Erin Jones share MW Player of the Week accolades for games through April 21. This is the second career MW weekly award for both Patton and Biglow, and the first for Jones.

Biglow batted .500 (4-for-8) with two runs batted in and four runs scored while helping MW co-leader Colorado State to a 2-1 series win against Fresno State over the weekend. The Tigard, Ore., native collected three extra-base hits in the series, including one triple and two home runs, to post a 1.500 slugging percentage. Biglow recorded key hits in both ends of Saturday's doubleheader sweep of the Bulldogs. She hit a solo home run in the fifth inning of the opener to tie the contest at 1-1. In the bottom of the seventh with CSU trailing 2-1, Biglow reached base on a bunt single to advance the leadoff hitter to second, then scored the game-winning run two batters later for the 3-2 victory. In the nightcap, Biglow led off the fourth inning with a solo home run to spark a six-run rally as the Rams erased a 3-1 deficit and held on for the 7-4 win.

Jones hit .444 (4-for-9) with six runs batted in and two runs scored as Nevada registered its first Mountain West series sweep in a three-game set at New Mexico. Hailing from Antioch, Calif., Jones recorded at least one hit and one RBI in each game, tallying two walks and two home runs during that span to finish with on-base and slugging percentages of .545 and 1.111, respectively. On Friday, her three-run homer in the top of the fifth inning ignited a seven-run rally that propelled the Wolf Pack to the 9-6 victory. She had two hits and one RBI in Saturday's 6-4 win, and also hit a two-run shot on Sunday as part of Nevada's 10-1, six-inning triumph.

Patton started both of Boise State's wins against Conference co-leader San Diego State, posting a 1-0 mark with a 1.31 earned run average over 10.2 innings of work. The Northridge, Calif., product allowed four runs (two earned) on nine hits and one walk while leading the Broncos to their first MW series win of the season. Patton pitched all seven innings in the first game of Saturday's doubleheader, limiting the Aztecs to three runs (one earned) on seven hits. She fanned three batters without issuing a walk en route to the 5-3 victory. In Sunday's series finale, Patton retired 10 of the first 11 batters she faced and carried a no-hitter through three-and-one-third innings. She gave up one run on two hits in the fourth before exiting after 3.2 innings, with Boise State holding a 3-1 lead. The Broncos won, 5-3, to claim the series by a 2-1 margin.

Mountain West Players of the Week:
Feb. 12 - Karley Hopkins, Jr., 2B/SS, Nevada; Lorena Bauer, Jr., UTIL, San Diego State
Feb. 19 - Ashlie Ortega, Jr., SS, Colorado State
Feb. 26 - Chelsea Anaya, Jr., 2B, New Mexico
March 5 - Kristin May, Sr., C, San Diego State
March 12 - Sara Parsons, Jr., CF, Nevada
March 19 - Patrice Jackson, Jr., OF, San Diego State
March 26 - Tayler Aleman, Sr., 2B/SS, UNLV
April 2 - Chelsea Biglow, Jr., 3B, Colorado State
April 9 - Cassandra Kalapsa, Sr., RF, New Mexico
April 16 - Vonnie Martin, Jr., 3B, Fresno State
April 23 - Chelsea Biglow, Jr., 3B, Colorado State; Erin Jones, Jr., IF, Nevada

Mountain West Pitchers of the Week:
Feb. 12 - Rebecca Arbino, Sr., RHP, San Diego State
Feb. 19 - Lauren Soles, Fr., LHP, New Mexico
Feb. 26 - Rebecca Patton, Jr., RHP, Boise State
March 5 - Taylor Langdon, Fr., RHP, Fresno State
March 12 - Karlyn Jones, Jr., RHP, Nevada
March 19 - Amanda Oliveto, Jr., RHP, UNLV
March 26 - Jill Compton, Fr., RHP, Fresno State
April 2 - Rebecca Arbino, Sr., RHP, San Diego State
April 9 - Amanda Oliveto, Jr., RHP, UNLV
April 16 - Amanda Oliveto, Jr., RHP, UNLV
April 23 - Rebecca Patton, Jr., RHP, Boise State