Warner, Kessler Earn Softball Weekly Awards
Brianna Warner catalyzed the UC Davis offense and Kelsey Kessler helped Cal State Fullerton clinch the conference title as this week’s representatives on the softball honor roll.
Warner Helps Aggies To Series Victory
UC Davis senior Brianna Warner (Tracy, Calif./Tracy HS) hit .545 in a series victory at UC Santa Barbara to garner Big West Softball Field Player of the Week accolades.
Warner had six hits in 11 at-bats with a run scored and an RBI as the Aggies took two of three games from the Gauchos.
The center fielder also swiped three bases in as many attempts to regain sole possession of the Big West lead. Warner tops all conference base stealers with 27 on the season.
Warner finished 2-for-4 with an RBI and a stolen base in a 7-0 victory in the series opener.
She was a perfect 3-for-3 with a run scored and two stolen bases in a 3-1, game two loss.
Warner went 1-for-4 with a double in the finale, a 4-2 Aggie win. She posted a .545 on-base percentage and .636 slugging percentage for the week.
Others nominated: Courtney Tyler (Cal Poly); Lexi Gonzalez (Cal State Fullerton); Jessica Flores (Long Beach State); Brittney Garcia (UC Riverside); Heather Cameron (Hawai‘i)
Kessler Earns Third Straight Pitcher of the Week Nod
Senior Kelsey Kessler (Blue Springs, Mo./Arizona State) helped Cal State Fullerton clinch the outright championship with a pair of wins as she captured her third straight Big West Softball Pitcher of the Week award.
The right-hander tossed a complete game in a 10-inning, 5-3 triumph over CSUN in game one of a series the Titans eventually swept. Kessler scattered eight hits and allowed three runs (two earned) while walking two and striking out nine. She had a streak of 32 consecutive scoreless innings come to an end when the Matadors scored a run in the second inning.
Kessler struck out at least nine hitters for the fifth time this season, just one shy of the career-high 10 she sat down on Feb. 18 versus Texas Tech.
She earned the win in relief in game two, improving to 19-6 on the year.
Following a Matador two-run home run that tied the game at 2-2 in the fourth, Kessler entered the game and shut down CSUN for the next four innings allowing just three hits and a walk. She fanned four more batters to give her 13 strikeouts for the weekend. The Titans erupted with a four-run fifth inning to give Kessler the support she needed, and the 6-2 victory clinched a share of the Big West title.
Kessler has been the winning pitcher in each of her last eight appearances.
Others nominated: Lindsey Chalmers (Cal Poly); Cielo Meza (Long Beach State); Katie Kibby (UC Davis); Haley Marschall (UC Riverside); Dana Thomsen (Hawai‘i)