WALNUT CREEK, Calif. ?- Arizona junior shortstop Kristie Fox has been named the Pacific-10 Conference’s Player of the Week for March 6-12. Fox helped the No. 1 Arizona softball team to a three-game sweep of No. 18 Baylor.
“It is an honor to be named the Pac-10 Player of the Week, especially with all the great performances from both our team and our conference this past weekend,” Fox said. “More important than any honor, I’m glad that I was able to help my team take an important non-conference series. Hopefully, this will give us the momentum we need to play well in the Judi Garman Classic this weekend.”
In Arizona’s three games, Fox led the Wildcats in most offensive categories, including batting average (.750), on-base percentage (.833), slugging (1.625) and RBI (7).
Fox opened the series on Friday a triple short of the cycle, as she had an RBI single, a bases-loaded double and a two-run home run in UA’s 12-4 victory.
The Lady Bears learned quickly that it would behoove them not to give Fox much to hit. In the second game of the series, Fox came to the plate four times and saw only two strikes. One of the strikes went over the left field wall for her fourth home run of the year. She walked in her other three plate appearances, twice intentionally. In game three, the junior from San Diego, Calif., went 2-for-3 with a walk and two runs scored, as Arizona swept the Lady Bears.
This is Fox’s first Pac-10 Player of the week honor in her career. The 2005 first team All-American was named USA Softball National Player of the Week for Feb. 1-7, 2005, but the Conference of Champions did not hand out a player of the week honor until the following week.
Fox currently boasts a .485 batting average and leads the Wildcats with 25 RBI and 17 walks to just five strikeouts.