Valentino Validates Play With Weekly Award

May 8, 2012

LAS VEGAS ( - UNLV's Stefany Valentino has been named the Mountain West Player of the Week for games played through May 5. This is the first career MW weekly accolade for Valentino.

Valentino helped UNLV to a 2-1 record on the road at New Mexico last week. The Oak Park, Calif., native registered two hits in each contest, going 6-of-10 (.600) for the series. She finished with five singles and one grand slam, recording a .900 slugging percentage while producing six RBI and four runs scored. Overall, Valentino reached base safely in 10 of 14 plate appearances, collecting four walks in addition to her six hits for a .714 on-base percentage. In Friday's series opener, after recording a single and a walk in her first two at-bats, she hit a fourth-inning grand slam to right field to erase a three-run deficit and put UNLV up for good en route to the 8-4 victory. On Saturday, Valentino went 2-for-2 with two walks, one RBI and one run in the 13-7 loss. In Sunday's series finale, she scored the game-tying run in the seventh inning and followed that up in the eighth with the game-winning hit, an RBI single that capped off seven unanswered runs for the Rebels in the 7-6 win. Valentino finished the day going 2-for-4 with one walk, two runs scored and one RBI.