April 10, 2007
Moraga, CA - Senior Lauren Mello (Kingsburg, CA) was named the Pacific Coast Softball Conference Player of the Week after a stellar weekend to open conference play. Mello hit .643 (9-for-14) in her opening weekend on PCSC action against Santa Clara. She not only hit for average, but also for power. For the weekend, Mello had three doubles and two home runs for a 1.286 slugging percentage. She also had four runs scored and seven runs batted in. In addition to that, Mello had multi-hit games in all four outings over the weekend, including a three-hit game in the second game on Saturday.
Mello improved her season average to .307. She leads the team in several offensive categories including homeruns (6), doubles (12), runs (25), RBI (24), slugging (.555) and total bases (76). She is second on the team in hits with 42.
The senior is making a statement in her final season as a Gael. Mello has hit more homeruns this season than she had hit in her previous three years. She is batting nearly 100 points higher than her career average. She has already recorded more doubles, more RBI and more runs this season than in any of her three previous seasons.
This marks the second time this season that Mello has been named the conference player of the week. Mello becomes the second Gael to ever earn player of the week twice in the same season. Claudia Williams achieved this feat in 2003.
Mello and the Gaels will travel to Stanford, CA to play local powerhouse Stanford University in a night game. The Gaels will then play in their final home games of the 2007 season this weekend. On Sunday, Mello and three other seniors will be honored during senior day celebrations.