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Rojas, Meza Capture Softball Weekly Awards


Alyse Rojas led a strong UC Davis offensive charge while Cielo Meza was nearly untouchable in the circle for Long Beach State.

Freshman • Outfielder • Vacaville, Calif. • Vacaville HS

Freshman Alyse Rojas (Vacaville, Calif./Vacaville HS) helped UC Davis clinch its conference-opening series against CSUN with .625 hitting, as she earned her first career Big West Softball Field Player of the Week honor.

• Rojas had five hits in eight at-bats, including a pair of multi-hit games.  She now has a team-best 14 multiple-hit games this year.

• The outfielder scored three runs and had four RBIs, accounting for seven of the team’s 17 runs scored in the series.

• Rojas slugged the first home run of her career in the series-clinching 8-0 win over the Matadors.  She finished the game 2-for-3 with three RBI.

• Thanks to a pair of walks and two hit by pitches, Rojas finished the week with a .750 on-base percentage.

• Rojas opened the CSUN series going 2-for-2 with a run scored and an RBI.

Others nominated: Bryanna Ybarra (Cal State Fullerton); Kira Cauley (CSUN); Julia Lombardi (Long Beach State); Sarah Parten (UC Riverside)

Sophomore • RHP • Fillmore, Calif. • St. Bonaventure HS

Long Beach State sophomore Cielo Meza (Fillmore, Calif./St. Bonaventure HS) turned in two of the top performances in the conference this season en route to Big West Softball Pitcher of the Week accolades.

• Meza went 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA against Hawai‘i.  The Beach outscored the Rainbow Wahine 14-0 in Meza’s two starts.

• The right-hander established the school’s single-game strikeouts record with 17 in game one of the conference series.  Meza broke the previous record of 16, held by Brooke Turner in a 10-inning game back in 2008.

• Meza fanned eight of the first nine batters she faced.  She scattered four hits and did not walk a batter in polishing off the complete game shutout.

• She opened up Saturday’s doubleheader with her third career no-hitter – and second this season – in LBSU’s 8-0 victory over UH in five innings.

• Meza struck out six and walked just one in a quick one hour and 11 minute game.  She improved to 16-2 on the year with her eighth shutout of the season.

Others nominated: Lindsey Chalmers (Cal Poly); Sophie Frost (Cal State Fullerton); Jillian James (CSUN); Brooke Yanez (UC Davis); Tayler Misfeldt (UC Riverside)