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Mauga and Palomino headline POTW

TUCSON, Ariz. – Katiyana Mauga and Alyssa Palomino were named Pac-12 Player and Freshman of the Week, respectively, the conference announced on Tuesday.
 
Both players hit a pair of home runs, helping the Wildcats go 5-0 in sweeps vs. Grand Canyon and California.
 
Mauga went 5-for-12 (.417) with two homers and a team-best seven RBI on the weekend. The home runs were No. 78 and 79 in her career, leaving her one shy of becoming the ninth player in NCAA history to hit 80 homers. Mauga drew a team-high six walks in the five games, helping her to a .579 on-base percentage while slugging .917 for the weekend.
 
The senior's two homers kept her tied with Jessie Harper for the Pac-12 lead; the two are tied for seventh in the NCAA. Mauga is hitting .314 on the season and leading the conference in slugging percentage (.791).
 
Palomino led the Wildcats with four extra-base hits for the week, including two homers, a double and a triple. Palomino slugged 1.000 in the five games. She drove in five runs while scoring a team-most six of her own.
 
The freshman is hitting .333 on the year with 11 home runs, third in the league behind Mauga and Harper, and a Pac-12-high 42 RBI.
 
This is Mauga's second Pac-12 Player of the Week honor of 2017 and third of her career while Palomino is receiving her first conference citation of her career.
 
Overall, Arizona has earned nine of the 21 Pac-12 weekly awards (Player, Pitcher and Freshman), by six different players. Arizona has had three Pac-12 Players of the Week (Katiyana Mauga – 1, Mo Mercado – 3, Jessie Harper – 6), three Pac-12 Pitchers of the Week (Danielle O'Toole – 3, Michelle Floyd – 5, Danielle O'Toole – 7) and three Pac-12 Freshmen of the Week (Dejah Mulipola – 2, Jessie Harper – 5, Jessie Harper – 6).
 
Up Next: Arizona returns home to host Stanford for a three-game series at Hillenbrand this Friday-Sunday. The Cats and the Cardinal open up the series on Friday at 6 p.m. MST.

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