Heen, Kessler Notch Softball Weekly Honors
Callee Heen directed the Hawai‘i offense with the long ball, and Kelsey Kessler extended an impressive scoreless innings streak to highlight this week’s softball award honorees.
Heen Crushes Three Homers In Series Victory
Hawai‘i freshman Callee Heen (Hollister, Calif./San Benito HS) earned her first career Big West Softball Field Player of the Week award after belting three home runs over the course of a series victory against UC Santa Barbara.
The three long balls gave Heen nine for the year, tying her for second among Big West players.
Heen homered in three consecutive at-bats – two in game one and one in game two – staking the Rainbow Wahine to 5-1 and 8-4 victories. All three homers were two-run shots.
The catcher unloaded her first homer in the fourth to break a 1-1 tie. She lifted a towering two-run home run in the sixth that landed on the roof of the batting cages beyond the right field fence. Heen became the first UH player since Tayana Mata on May 8, 2015 to hit two homers in one game.
Heen returned for game two and promptly launched her third two-run home run of the series – again to right field. The Gauchos then intentionally walked Heen in her next two plate appearances, and she drew another traditional walk in her final at bat.
Heen accounted for nine of UH’s 15 runs in the series, scoring three times and driving in six. She reached base in seven of 10 plate appearances for a .700 on-base percentage. She also had a 2.000 slugging percentage.
Others nominated: Sierra Hyland (Cal Poly); Lexi Gonzalez (Cal State Fullerton); Katie Hooper (CSUN); Marissa Jauregui (UC Davis); Maddie Richard (UC Riverside); Alyssa Diaz (UC Santa Barbara)
Kessler Extends Scoreless Innings Streak To 30.2
Cal State Fullerton senior Kelsey Kessler (Blue Springs, Mo./Arizona State) won her second straight Big West Softball Pitcher of the Week award after throwing a pair of shutouts against conference rival Long Beach State.
The right-hander threw a three-hitter in the game one 6-0 victory and followed with a two-hitter in a 1-0 triumph to finish the week with 14.0 innings pitched and a 0.00 ERA. She scattered just five hits over the two appearances, walking six and striking out nine.
Kessler has not allowed a run for 30.2 consecutive innings. In that span, she is 6-0 and has lowered her season ERA to 1.43.
In game one, Kessler did not allow a hit until a leadoff single in the fifth. She wiggled out of her only jam in the sixth after the Beach put runners at first and second with two singles. However, Kessler retired the next two batters on a strikeout and a ground out to escape damage.
Kessler was even more dominant in the 1-0 victory, surrendering only a single in the fourth and a triple in the sixth among the two LBSU hits. With runners at the corners and one out in the sixth, Kessler fanned Julia Lombardi looking and coaxed Hannah Cookson into a pop up to end the threat. CSF scored the only run of the game in the top half of the seventh, and Kessler polished off the game with a strikeout and two fly outs.
Others nominated: Sierra Hyland (Cal Poly); Daphne Pofek (CSUN); Jacy Boles (UC Riverside); Brittany Hitchcock (Hawai‘i)