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Saint Mary's Katie Moss (Pitcher) and BYU's Mercedes O'Connor (Player) Earn WCC Weekly Awards

April 28, 2014

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SAN BRUNO, Calif. -- The West Coast Conference has named its Softball Pitcher and Player of the Week for April 28, 2014. 

WEST COAST CONFERENCE PITCHER OF THE WEEK
KATIE MOSS, FR., RHP, SAINT MARY'S
Freshman RHP Katie Moss pitched in all three games in SMC's three-game sweep over Santa Clara.  She earned tough saves in first and third games, to go along with a complete game shutout in her first WCC Collegiate start in game two. 

In game one, Moss entered with the Gaels leading 1-0 in the bottom of the ninth and the Broncos had runners on the corners with one out.  She got the final two outs by strikeout and pop out to end the game and earn the save. In game two, Moss went the distance in a 1-0 game, going 7.0 innings, allowing just three hits, two walks and struck out a career high 11.  All three hits were singles. 

In game three, Moss entered with a one-run lead and pitched the final two frames to earn the six-out save. 

For the week, Moss (1-0, 2 saves) tossed 9.2 innings, allowed five hits, no runs, four walks, 14 strikeouts, one extra base hit and opponents hit at a .147 clip. The week continued what has been an impressive conference campaign by the freshman.  Moss is 2-0 (0.62 ERA) with four saves in 10 appearances in WCC games only.  22.2 IP, 2 ER.

Also nominated: Dani Bonnet, Pacific; Cassidy Coleman, San Diego

2014 WCC PITCHER OF THE WEEK
Feb. 10: Jenny Lahitte, San Diego
Feb. 17: Sarah Lira, Saint Mary's
Feb. 24: Sydney Gouveia, Loyola Marymount
March 3: Sydney Gouveia, Loyola Marymount
March 10: Sydney Gouveia, Loyola Marymount
March 17: Cassidy Coleman, San Diego
March 24: Tori Shepard, Pacific
March 31: McKenna Bull, BYU
April 7: Cassidy Coleman, San Diego
April 14: McKenna Bull, BYU
April 21: Cassidy Coleman, San Diego
April 28: Katie Moss, Saint Mary's 

WEST COAST CONFERENCE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
MERCEDES O'CONNOR, FR., C, BYU
Redshirt freshman Mercedes O'Connor did a little bit of everything at the plate to lead BYU to a sweep in a rain-shortened series against Loyola Marymount. O'Connor finished with a .625 average, seven RBI, two runs, two singles, a double, a triple and a home run. With the first game tied 2-2 in the fourth, O'Connor hammered a two-run shot to center field through a strong wind to give the Cougars a lead they would not relinquish. In the next inning, O'Connor tripled into the right-field corner to score two more.  She then batted in the game-ending run with a double to right center with one out in the sixth. O'Connor added two singles the next game including a hard shot that ricocheted off the pitcher's glove for two more RBI.  

Also nominated: Gabby Goyette, Pacific; Caitlin Rooney, San Diego 

2014 WCC PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Feb. 10: McKenzie St. Clair, BYU
Feb. 17: Katie Manuma, BYU
Feb. 24: Taylor Petty, Pacific
March 3: Katie Manuma, BYU
March 10: Mary Grabowski, San Diego
March 17: Tatum Schultz, San Diego
March 24: Sterling Shuster, Loyola Marymount
March 31: Sydney Broderick, BYU
April 7: Sydney Broderick, BYU
April 14: Andrea Hazel, Saint Mary's
April 21: Stephanie Fisher, Santa Clara
April 28: Mercedes O'Connor, BYU