SAN BRUNO, Calif.-University of San Diego rightfielder/pitcher Kailey Hill and University of the Pacific pitcher Marissa Young have been respectively named the West Coast Conference Player and Pitcher of the Week in the sport of softball, the conference office announced Monday.
Hill had a record-breaking weekend for the Toreros last week. On top of hitting .889 (8-for-9), she hit two home runs to set the USD single-season record to help the Toreros take two-of-three games from Santa Clara. In game one, Hill went 2-for-3 with a solo home run as San Diego shutout the Broncos 5-0. In game two of the doubleheader, she went 2-for-2 with a double and another home run. It was her 12th long ball of the season, which broke Taylor Hensley's record of 11 home runs set in 2010. The freshman finished the weekend by going 4-for-4 with a run scored. Hill, who leads the WCC in home runs, is hitting .571 in conference play and has nine RBI in nine games.
A native of Ramona, California, Hill collects her second career weekly honor, and the sixth overall award for the Toreros this season.
Young ended the week with a 2-0 record and a 0.50 ERA, striking out eight batters and surrendering just one run and nine hits over 14.0 innings of work, including a complete game shutout. Against Sacramento State, Young tossed a complete-game shutout as the Tigers swept the season series from the Hornets at Bill Simoni Field. She struck out a career-high five batters over her seven innings of work, surrendering just three hits. Young's complete game blanking was the first for a Pacific freshman since 2012. In conference play against LMU on Saturday, Young pitched fiercely all day, pitching three hitless frames before surrendering her first hit of the ballgame in the fourth inning. She finished with three strikeouts, allowing just six hits and two walks in her second-straight complete game effort as Pacific won for the third time in a row.
The Rancho Cucamonga, California, native earns her first career weekly honor, and is the second Tiger to receive the accolade this season as teammate Dani Bonnett won the award on March 9.
Also nominated ... Lauren Bell, BYU; Molly Bourne, Pacific; Giana Bilotta, Saint Mary's pitchers... ...McKenna Bull, BYU; Grace Hernandez, San Diego
2015 WEST COAST CONFERENCE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
April 20: Kailey Hill, San Diego
April 13: Ashley Thompson, BYU
April 5: Sydney Broderick, BYU
March 30: Sydney Broderick, BYU
March 23: Sydney Broderick, BYU
March 16: Kailey Hill, San Diego
March 9: Alicia Brown, Loyola Marymount
March 2: Mercedes O'Connor, Brigham Young
February 23: Gordy Bravo, Brigham Young
February 16: Nicole Zapotoczny, Pacific
February 9: Gianetta France, Santa Clara
2015 WEST COAST CONFERENCE PITCHER OF THE WEEK
April 20: Marissa Young, Pacific
April 13: McKenna Bull, BYU
April 5: Paige von Sprecken, San Diego
March 30: Kate Moss, Saint Mary's
March 23: Paige von Sprecken, San Diego
March 16: Paige von Sprecken, San Diego
March 9: Dani Bonnet, Pacific
March 2: McKenna Bull, Brigham Young
February 23: McKenna Bull, Brigham Young
February 16: McKenna Bull, Brigham Young
February 9: Paige von Sprecken, San Diego