Mauga sweeps awards

TUCSON – Freshman right fielder Katiyana Mauga has been named USA Softball and NFCA Player of the Week for her performance last weekend against Stanford, the institutions announced Tuesday.

Mauga became the first freshman to sweep the awards this season, and just the second player overall to do so this year. The San Diego native is the first freshman to win the USA Softball Player of the Week this season and second to win the NFCA award.

Mauga was truly on fire at the plate for the Wildcats during their three-game series sweep of then-No. 24 Stanford, batting .625 (5-for-8) with six runs scored, four walks, four HR's and an impressive 11 RBI while slugging 2.125. The San Diego native got her weekend started by going 2-for-2 with three walks, three runs scored, a pair of HRs and six RBI during the wild, series-opening 18-12 win. On Saturday Mauga went 2-for-2 with a pair of tallies, a HR and three RBIs as UA prevailed 12-3 (5 inn.). She wrapped up her efforts with a 1-for-4 Sunday performance that included a clutch, walk-off two-run HR in a 5-3 (8 inn.) triumph.

"I want to thank the NFCA and USA Softball for the recognition, I am incredibly honored," Mauga said. "I am proud of the way my team competed this weekend against Stanford, and I am happy I was able to help us pick up the sweep in front of our amazing home crowd."

For the season she is hitting .369 overall with 26 runs scored, 20 extra-base hits, including 13 HR's, and 40 RBIs while slugging at a team-best .929 clip.

"I am very excited for Katiyana to receive recognition as NFCA National Player of the Week," head coach Mike Candrea said. "Kati has made an immediate impact as a freshman, and her honor is well deserved. Hopefully, this is just the beginning of a great career at The University of Arizona."

Mauga becomes the first player to receive a national weekly honor since Kenzie Fowler was named USA Softball Player of the Year in week eight of the 2011 season.

Arizona returns to action on Friday when it kicks off a three game series at California at 3:00 p.m. PDT.

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