SAN BRUNO, Calif. – Loyola Marymount junior outfielder Amanda Dirks and Saint Mary’s junior pitcher Katie Moss have been named the West Coast Conference Softball Players and Pitcher of the Week, the conference office announced Monday.
The honors are the first this season for both Dirks and Moss.
Dirks claims the player of the week honor after batting .400 with three home runs, one double, four runs scored, eight RBI and a 1.400 slugging percentage in a three-game series against BYU. She went 4-for-10 in the three games, including 4-for-8 in LMU’s two victories, which secured a series victory over the Cougars for the second straight year. In LMU’s 9-4 win Friday night, Dirks went 3-for-4 with two home runs, a double and five RBI. She opened the game with a two-run homer in her first at bat, helping LMU build a 4-0 lead in the top of the first. She added an RBI-double in the third inning and a second two-run home run in the fifth as the Lions secured the victory. In Saturday’s rubber match, Dirks provided just one hit, but it was perhaps the biggest of all. With the Lions reclaiming a narrow 2-1 advantage in the top of the seventh, Dirks delivered a three-run homer, effectively sealing the 5-1 win and the series victory. The junior also made four putouts in left field. For the season, she now leads LMU with 11 home runs to go along with 10 doubles for a .707 slugging percentage.
Moss takes her first weekly honor of the season after winning all three games in a series against San Diego, going 17.1 innings, allowing 13 hits, one earned run and nine strikeouts with a 0.40 ERA. In game one, Moss tossed a complete game three-hitter. She followed that up with another five innings of shutout ball in game two of a double header. In the final on Sunday, she scattered seven hits and allowed just one run.
Player of the Week Also Nominated: Ashley Thompson, BYU; Rachel Sellers, Pacific; Katelyn Mamizuka, Saint Mary’s
Pitcher of the Week Also Nominated: McKenna Bull, BYU; Rachel Farrington, Loyola Marymount; Marissa Young, Pacific
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
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