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BYU, San Diego Claim Softball Week 12 Honors

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SAN BRUNO, Calif. – Brigham Young junior shortstop Lauren Bell and San Diego junior pitcher Megan Sabbatini have been named the West Coast Conference Softball Players and Pitcher of the Week, the conference office announced Monday.

The honor is the first this season for both Bell and Sabbatini.

Bell hit .545 in BYU’s three-game series sweep at Pacific over the weekend, going 6-for-11 with five RBI and five runs scored to take home the Player of the Week nod. In the opening game, she had two RBI to lead the Cougars to a 5-3 win. In the second game, the Cougars were down 4-2 in the top of the seventh with two outs when Bell came up to bat. She hit her second home run of the season with the three-run bomb going off of the scoreboard to take the 5-4 lead and the win. To cap off the series, Bell went 3-for-5 with two runs scored as BYU took the final game 8-4, completing the series sweep. After this weekend, she is now tied for first on the team in runs with 35 and is in second for hits with 51.

Sabbatini allowed just one earned run in each of her three starts at Santa Clara over the weekend to earn her first conference Pitcher of the Week award of the season. Sabbatini finished the weekend with a 2-1 record and a 1.54 ERA in 13.2 innings pitched to go with 14 strikeouts. In Saturday's doubleheader, Sabbatini allowed just four combined hits and two runs in nine innings to help USD win a pair of 5-1 games. In the series finale, Sabbatini allowed one earned run in 4.2 innings pitched.

Player of the Week Also Nominated: Tatum Schultz, San Diego
Pitcher of the Week Also Nominated: McKenna Bull, BYU 

2016 West Coast Conference Player of the Week
Week 1 (2/15) – Tatum Schultz, 2B, San Diego
Week 2 (2/22) – Rachel Sellers, C, Pacific
Week 3 (2/29) – Olivia Sandusky, OF, San Diego
Week 4 (3/7) – Rachel Sellers, C, Pacific
Week 5 (3/14) – Nicole Zapotoczny, INF, Pacific
Week 6 (3/21) – Alicia Brown, 3B, Loyola Marymount
Week 7 (3/28) – Taylor Spence, OF, San Diego
Week 8 (4/4) – Rachel Sellers, C, Pacific
Week 9 (4/11) – Amanda Dirks, OF, Loyola Marymount
Week 10 (4/18) – Mary Grabowski, C, San Diego
Week 11 (4/25) – Ashley Thompson, 1B, BYU
Week 12 (5/2) – Lauren Bell, SS, BYU 

2016 West Coast Conference Pitcher of the Week
Week 1 (2/15) – Cassidy Gustafson, Pacific
Week 2 (2/22) – McKenna Bull, BYU
Week 3 (2/29) – McKenna Bull, BYU
Week 4 (3/7) – McKenna Bull, BYU
Week 5 (3/14) – Marissa Young, Pacific
Week 6 (3/21) – McKenna Bull, BYU
Week 7 (3/28) – Lujane Mussadi, Saint Mary’s
Week 8 (4/4) – Marissa Young, Pacific
Week 9 (4/11) – Katie Moss, Saint Mary’s
Week 10 (4/18) – Lujane Mussadi, Saint Mary’s
Week 11 (4/25) – McKenna Bull, BYU
Week 12 (5/2) – Megan Sabbatini, San Diego