Altmeyer, Hitchcock Notch Softball Weekly Honors
The softball weekly awards went to UC Santa Barbara’s Sierra Altmeyer and Hawaii’s Brittany Hitchcock.
Altmeyer Leads Gauchos To Series Sweep
UC Santa Barbara freshman Sierra Altmeyer (San Diego, Calif./Patrick Henry HS) turned in huge numbers in a UC Davis road sweep to collect Big West Softball Field Player of the Week accolades.
Altmeyer batted .700 (7-for-10) with two runs scored and six RBI, accounting for eight of the 18 runs UCSB scored in the successful foray to UC Davis.
The first baseman collected at least two hits in every game, opening the series with a triple and a home run to power the Gauchos to a 7-2 win. She finished the contest 2-for-2 with three RBIs.
Altmeyer provided the game-winning RBI on a solo shot, her second homer of the series, leading the Gauchos to a 5-4 win. She finished 3-for-4 with two RBIs.
In the series finale, a 6-4 victory, Altmeyer went 2-for-4 with an RBI. It was the third straight game she drove in at least one run. Altmeyer conclude the series with a 1.500 slugging percentage.
Others nominated: Amanda Sandoval (Cal Poly); Melissa Sechrest (Cal State Fullerton); Irma Sanchez (Long Beach State); Natalie Sanchez (UC Riverside); Heather Morales (Hawai‘i)
Hitchcock Records Two Complete Game Victories
Hawai‘i sophomore Brittany Hitchcock (Huntington Beach, Calif./Ocean View HS) picked up a pair of conference wins to earn Big West Softball Pitcher of the Week accolades.
The hurler turned in two complete game efforts as the Rainbow Wahine won the series over Cal Poly. She allowed two runs (one earned) on seven hits in a 3-2 victory in Friday’s opener. Hitchcock did not walk a batter and struck out five.
A strong one-inning relief effort in game two gave UH a chance to record the late game comeback, but UH fell 4-3 to the Mustangs. She gave a hit and struck out one in the brief appearance.
Hitchcock’s best effort, a dominating one, came in the rubber game as UH eked out a 1-0 win in eight innings. Hitchcock went the distance, surrendering just two hits with no walks and three strikeouts.
She flirted with a perfect game through the first 5 2/3 innings, retiring the first 17 consecutive batters of the game. After sitting down the final six hitters, she faced just two batters over the minimum. For the 21st time this season, Hitchcock did not allow a walk during her time in the circle.
Hitchcock now has four shutouts to her credit this season.
Others nominated: Sierra Hyland (Cal Poly); Desiree Ybarra (Cal State Fullerton)