SAN FRANCISCO – Left-handed pitcher Brooke Yanez was named the Pac-12 Pitcher of the Week and utility Megan Grant earned Pac-12 Freshman of the Week honors, the conference announced Tuesday afternoon.
Yanez, who has now earned Pac-12 Pitcher of the Week four times in her career, led the No. 2 UCLA softball team in the circle in both of its wins to open conference play at California last weekend. Yanez is now tied for fourth in the Pac-12 with nine victories on the season.
This is Yanez’s first Pac-12 Pitcher of the Week honor since the final week of the 2021 regular season when she was a member of the Oregon pitching staff.
Yanez allowed just one baserunner and struck out five in her five shutout innings in the Bruins’ (25-2, 2-1 Pac-12) 4-0 win over the Golden Bears in game one last Friday.
She earned the start for the series rubber match two days later and delivered with a complete-game victory. After walking four batters in the first inning, Yanez settled in for five consecutive scoreless frames. Yanez opened the sixth inning of game three with back-to-back strikeouts on just seven pitches, finishing the game with seven total punchouts/
Yanez gave up just one earned run in her 11.0 innings of work, lowering her earned run average on the season to 0.99.
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Grant stretched her RBI total to 32 on the season with six across UCLA’s four games this week. Grant is tied for the team lead and paces all freshmen in the country in the statistical category. The next closest freshmen are Jocelyn Erickson (Oklahoma) and Viviana Martinez (Texas) with 26.
In front of her hometown faithful in Berkeley, Grant led the Bruin offense in a 3-for-4 performance in game one, scoring each of UCLA’s first three runs of the game on a single and two-RBI double. Grant once again sparked UCLA’s offense in game three with a two-run home run in the first inning to score the Bruins’ first runs of the game.
Grant ranks second on the team with 12 extra-base hits, trailing only Maya Brady (17). Through 27 games, Grant is hitting for a .312 batting average and .584 slugging percentage.
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