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Altmeyer, Aina Cabrales Earn First Softball Honors For 2016


Sierra Altmeyer and Kanani Aina Cabrales excelled for their respective teams to capture the first softball weekly honors of the 2016 season.

Altmeyer Makes Impressive Gaucho Debut

UC Santa Barbara freshman Sierra Altmeyer (San Diego, Calif./Patrick Henry HS) ignited the offense, hitting .500 or better in all five games of the Arizona Hillenbrand Invitational to capture Big West Softball Field Player of the Week honors.

The first baseman led the Gauchos with a .647 average and 1.176 slugging percentage and played a significant role in UCSB averaging 9.4 runs per game.

Altmeyer had 11 hits in 17 at bats, including five extra-base hits.  In her collegiate debut, she went 3-for-4 with a double and two home runs against Purdue.  She drove in four runs in the 10-9 loss.

In a 17-16 slugfest with Nebraska-Omaha, Altmeyer delivered three more hits, including her second double of the day, and had three RBI in the narrow loss.

Altmeyer went 1-for-2 with a run scored in wins over Southern Utah and North Texas, and finished out the tournament with her third three-hit game against No. 13 Arizona.  She knocked in her eighth and ninth runs against the Wildcats. 

Others nominated: Sierra Hyland (Cal Poly); Missy Taukeiaho (Cal State Fullerton); Taylor Glover (CSUN); Hannah Cookson (Long Beach State); Megan Salazar (UC Davis); Nicole Lopez (Hawai‘i)

Aina Cabrales Collects Pair of Shutouts

Hawai‘i junior Kanani Aina Cabrales (Lawrenceville, Ga./Georgia Tech) threw two complete game shutouts to garner Big West Softball Pitcher of the Week accolades.

The right-hander helped the Rainbow Wahine to a 4-1 record at the Oceanic Time Warner Cable Paradise Classic after blanking Mississippi (3-0) and UMKC (5-0) in her two appearances.

Aina Cabrales faced just 28 Ole Miss batters, scattering four hits and three walks in the shutout win.  She fanned three Rebels.

Against the Kangaroos, Aina Cabrales offered up just one free pass and struck out three more hitters  for her sixth career shutout.  She allowed just two hits to UMKC.  The Roos got two runners aboard in the seventh on a walk and single with two outs, but Aina Cabrales induced a ground out to end the game.

Others nominated: Sierra Hyland (Cal Poly); Sydney Golden (Cal State Fullerton); Daphne Pofek (CSUN); Leah Munden (UC Davis)