Two Arizona errors led directly to three unearned runs, contributing to UCLA's lead of 6-1 by the fourth inning as the Bruins cruised to a 9-1 victory over the Wildcats.
Arizona and UCLA, which have a combined 19 NCAA titles, meet for three games at Hillenbrand, Thursday through Saturday
Oregon scored four runs in the sixth inning to beat Arizona 5-3 in game one of the three game series
Arizona heads to Eugene to meet seventh-ranked Oregon in a three game series Friday-Sunday
Arizona and New Mexico State split Tuesday's doubleheader at the New Mexico State Softball Complex
2012: Started all 57 games at third base ... Awarded all-Pac-12 second team ... Named to the 2012 USA Softball Player of the Year Watchlist ... Has more career extra-base hits (100) than singles (80) ... A very aggressive defender at the hot corner where she is very solid with the glove ... After just three years, already sits in Arizona's career top-10 in home runs (53-8th), RBI (195-t10th) and assists (356-9th) ... Earned Pac-12 Player of the Week (2/20-2/26) for her dominance of the Cathedral City Classic. The junior hit .571 with a double, two home runs and eight RBI. Del Ponte slugged 1.071 and posted an OBP of .632 on the weekend ... Led the team with 56 RBI, 14 doubles, two triples, 45 runs scored and 122 total bases ... Ended the season second on the team in batting average (.678), hits (59), stolen bases (14), third on the team in home runs (15), walks (24) and fourth on the team in batting average (.328) ... Recorded 31 extra-base hits (14 doubles, two triples and 15 home runs) and notched just 28 singles ... 24th nationally with .98 RBI per game ... Tied for the team lead with 18 multi-hit games and second on the squad with 14 multi-RBI games ... Hit successfully in six games (2/24-3/3) when she went 11-for-16 (.688) with 15 RBI, five doubles and two home runs in the six game stretch ... Reached base in 18 straight contests (2/11-3/16), the second-longest such streak on the team, in which she elevated her batting average 221 points ... Entered the year with six career stolen bases and swiped 14 of 15 in 2012, second best on the team ... Spent 56 of the team's 57 games in the three hole in the batting order ... Homered twice and drove in six runs while batting .381 at the Kajikawa Classic ... Had four doubles in eight at-bats while driving in four runs against College of Charleston. Del Ponte hit .625 and slugged 1.125 in the three games ... Had five hits against San Diego State and Stanford without stopping at first or second base. Del Ponte had four home runs and a triple while driving in 10 runs in the five contests ... Went 5-for-10 with a homer, a double, three RBI and four runs scored against UCLA ... Tucson Regional: Batted a mind-boggling .778 (7-for-9) with a double, home run, three stolen bases and five RBI while crossing the plate five times. Went 4-for-4 vs. Notre Dame (5/19) with four RBI and a home run ... Norman Super Regional: Went 2-for-3 in game one ... Drew a walk in each game.
2011: A second-team NFCA All-American selectee ... Started all 61 games at third base ... Set the single season record for doubles in a season Invited to the USA Softball National Team Selection Camp ... Named to the NFCA All-West Region first team ... Cited as first-team All-Pac-10 ... Named Pac-10 Player of the Week (3/21-3/27) when she batted .600 without stopping at first: her six hits were comprised of four doubles and two home runs, she notched 10 RBI and scored five runs in a three-game series vs. Cal State Northridge ... Contains a good balance of average and power with a batting average of .335 and a slugging percentage of .735 ... Compiled 20 multi-hit games, in all of which she notched two hits ... Hit 17 home runs, second most in the Pac-10 behind teammate Stacie Chambers ... Ranked fourth in the Pac-10 in slugging percentage (.735) and RBI (59) ... Led the team in total bases with 136, a figure which was third best in the conference ... Her 17 home runs tie for 20th most homers in a season in Arizona history ... Had 18 games with multiple RBI, including a five-RBI outing (Cal State Northridge, 3/26) ... Ended the season on an 11-game reached-base streak, the longest active streak of any returner ... Reached base in 30 of the final 33 games, 20 of which she reached base at least twice ... Possessed a five-game double streak (3/25-4/2) in which she hit eight doubles to go along with two home runs ... Hit more doubles (23) than singles (22) on the season with nearly as many home runs (17) ... Tucson Regional: Had a hit in each game, including two hits in the first two ... Went 2-for-4 with three runs scored in the regional opener (Harvard, 5/20) ... Had another 2-for-4 performance against New Mexico State without stopping at first base, with a double and home run, driving in two runs while scoring two more ... Tucson Super Regional: Drew two walks in game one ... Went 1-for-4 in game two.
2010: Second team All-Pac-10 as well as conference All-Freshman team selection ... Set an Arizona freshman record for home runs (21) and RBI (80) ... An NFCA All-Pacific Region second team choice ... Played in 64 games, 60 as the starting third baseman ... Was named Pac-10 Player of the Week March 1-7 when she homered in each of the four games while recording 13 total RBI ... Doubled eight times, including a season-high twice vs. BYU on May 28 ... Ranks 10th in Arizona history in both home runs and RBI in a season ... Clocked seven home runs in Pac-10 games which tied for the best in the conference ... Played admirably in the hot-corner highlighted by athletic plays and a very strong arm in an unnatural position for the high school catcher/short stop ... Finished season third on the team with a .710 slugging percentage ... Led the team with 80 RBI ... Set a season best for home runs and RBI in a game with two and seven, respectively, April 30 at California; the seven ribbie effort was one of her team-leading three 5+ RBI games ... Tallied 21 multi-RBI games, second most on the squad ... Hit in nine consecutive games early in the season, and finished the year with a three game hitting streak ... Spent all but seven starts in the five hole in the lineup ... Tied for the team lead in home runs despite hitting only two in the last 20 games of the season ... Tucson Regional: Recorded an RBI in all three games despite tallying only one hit in the series ... Hit a two-run home run against Cornell, her only hit of the series ... Got a free pass that drove home a run in third inning of the second game of the regional for Arizona vs. Hofstra ... Drove in the first run of the second game vs. Hofstra, a sac fly which plated Lauren Schutzler ... Tucson Super Regional: Went 3-for-5 at the plate and scored three runs ... Batted in a run in each game, stretching her RBI streak to five games ... Doubled twice, one of which scored a run in the first game vs. BYU ... Walked twice before singling home a run in the decisive game two victory against the Cougars ... WCWS: Had 3 RBI on five hits in the series ... Did not record an error in 21 chances in the field ... Crossed the plate on June 8 vs. UCLA.
High School: Sunrise Mountain High School, Peoria, Ariz., 2009 ... Played four years of varsity softball under Nick Rizer ... Was an Under Armour All-American as a senior ... Also named to the All-State first team in her junior and senior campaigns, and was placed on the second team in her freshman season ... Has three first team All-Conference, All-City and All-Region commendations, along with four All-District marks ... Led her team to three 5A-2 state championships and was the team captain and MVP in her junior and senior seasons ... Played two years of travel ball for the Hotshots Gold, coached by Blaize Gatti, and the Killerbees ... The Killerbees placed second at the 2006 ASA Nationals while the Hotshots finished third in 2008 and 13th in 2009 ... Was the captain of the 2009 Hotshots squad ... Received the Arizona academic scholar award ... Also played one year of varsity soccer in 2008.
Personal: Academic major is nursing ... Daughter of Michael and Elena Del Ponte ... Father is a technician ... Mother is a registered nurse ... Has two older brothers, Michael and Chris, and a younger sister, Natalie ... Lists reading, sand volleyball, traveling and hanging out with friends as her hobbies ... Decided to attend UA because of its proximity to her home, and because of the good team and coaches ... Born Brigette Deann Del Ponte in February 6, 1991.
Career Honors: 2012 All-Pac-12 (Second Team) Pac-12 Player of the Week (2/20-2/26) USA Softball Player of the Year Watchlist (50 Players) 2011 NFCA All-American (Second Team) USA Softball National Team Selection Camp Invitee NFCA All-West Region (First Team) All-Pac-10 (First Team) Pac-10 Player of the Week (3/21-3/27) 2010 All-Pac-10 (Second Team) Pac-10 All-Freshman NFCA All-West Region (Second Team) Pac-10 Player of the Week (3/1-3/7)
Career Single-Game Highs: Hits: 4, at Notre Dame, May 19, 2012 Doubles: 3, Col. of Charleston, Mar 03, 2012 Triples: 1, Stanford, Mar 30, 2012 ; North Dakota State, May 18, 2012 Home runs: 2, 4 times Total bases: 8, 4 times RBI: 7, at California, Apr 30, 2010 Runs scored: 3, 4 times Walks: 2, 12 times Hit by pitch: 1, 10 times Struck out: 3, vs Georgia, Feb 26, 2011 ; California, May 12, 2011 Sac flies: 1, 5 times Sac bunts: 1, 7 times At bats: 5, 7 times Stolen bases: 2, North Dakota State, May 18, 2012 Caught stealing: 1, 6 times Field chances: 10, Hofstra, May 23, 2010 Putouts: 4, Hofstra, May 23, 2010 ; at Oregon State, Apr 09, 2011 ; vs San Jose State, Mar 19, 2011 Assists: 7, at California, Apr 15, 2012 ; vs San Diego State, Feb 27, 2011 ; vs UC Davis, Mar 16, 2012