Cal State Fullerton's Williams, Kessler Sweep Softball Weekly Awards
Ariana Williams and Kelsey Kessler played key roles in Cal State Fullerton’s conference sweep of Hawai‘i in earning this week’s softball awards.
Williams Spearheads Titan Offense In Conference Sweep
Sophomore Ariana Williams (Moreno Valley, Calif./Canyon Springs HS) was the offensive superstar for Cal State Fullerton in its conference sweep of Hawai‘i, earning her the selection as Big West Softball Field Player of the Week.
The center fielder either scored or drove in seven of the 10 runs the Titan offense generated in the three victories. She hit .364 (4-for-11) for the week with three runs scored and five RBIs. Williams scored a run, walked and stole a base in CSF’s 7-3 loss to UCLA in a midweek game.
Williams went 1-for-2 with a run, two RBI’s and a stolen base in the game one, 5-0 victory. She produced the game-winning hit with a two-out, 2-RBI triple in the bottom of the seventh to give the Titans a dramatic 4-3 victory in the second game of the series. Williams also homered in the fourth to tie the game at 1-1.
With the triple and home run, Williams generated an .818 slugging percentage for the week.
Others nominated: Savannah Horvath (CSUN); Brianna Warner (UC Davis); Emily Brucelas (UC Santa Barbara); Danielle Garcielita (Hawai‘i)
Kessler Wins Three Straight Against Hawai‘i
Cal State Fullerton senior Kelsey Kessler (Blue Springs, Mo./Arizona State) collected the win in all three games against Hawai‘i to garner Big West Softball Pitcher of the Week recognition.
The right-hander did not allow a run in 14.1 innings pitched over the three appearances as the Titans outscored the Rainbow Wahine, 10-3, for the series.
Kessler tossed a pair of complete game six-hit shutouts – her fifth and sixth of the season – in games one and three of the series. She struck out nine with no walks in a 5-0 triumph in game one. Kessler returned for the final game and fanned six while walking two.
In between, Kessler got the win after throwing just one-third of an inning, getting the final out in the UH seventh to keep the score 3-2 in favor of the Rainbow Wahine, and opening the door for the Titans to earn a walk-off 4-3 win in the bottom half.
Others nominated: Lindsey Chalmers (Cal Poly); Daphne Pofek (CSUN); Veronika Gulvin (UC Santa Barbara)