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Hernandez, Yanez Earn Initial Softball Awards Of 2018


Freshmen from Long Beach State and UC Davis began their collegiate careers in grand fashion as the first recipients of softball weekly honors to start off the 2018 season.

Hernandez Helps Long Beach State To 4-1 Start

Long Beach State freshman Naomi Hernandez (Corona, Calif./Norco HS) claimed Big West Softball Field Player of the Week honors after helping her team to a 4-1 record at the Puerto Vallarta College Challenge.

➜ Hernandez batted .632 (12-for-19) in her first week of collegiate competition.  She produced multiple hits in all five games.

➜ The outfielder also scored five runs and drove in five as the Beach defeated Louisiana Tech (2-1), Nevada twice and No. 21 James Madison.

➜ Her best offensive game occurred in a 16-8 victory over Nevada in which she went 4-for-4 with a double, two runs scored and two RBIs.  She had two hits in the other four games of the tournament.

➜ Hernandez collected the game-winning RBI in the 4-2, nine-inning victory over the nationally ranked Dukes.  She posted a double and a run scored in that same game.

➜ Hernandez slugged .737 over the five games.

Others nominated: Chelsea Convissar (Cal Poly); Shianne Brannan (Cal State Fullerton); Savannah Horvath (CSUN); Isabella Leon (UC Davis); Hannah Rodriguez (UC Riverside); Alyssa Diaz (UC Santa Barbara)

Yanez Stellar In Aggie Debut

UC Davis freshman Brooke Yanez (Ventura, Calif./Buena HS) posted a 0.44 ERA in her first two career collegiate starts to secure Big West Softball Pitcher of the Week accolades.

➜ Yanez went 2-0 with a pair of complete game wins over South Dakota and San Diego State at the Arizona State-hosted Kajikawa Classic.  She allowed just one earned run over 16 innings, striking out 21 against only five walks.

➜ In her collegiate debut, the left-hander scattered six hits and one run in a 3-1 victory over South Dakota.  She opened with 11 strikeouts against the Coyotes and walked just two.

➜ Yanez followed that up with 10 strikeouts in nine innings against the Aztecs, a team receiving votes in the preseason NFCA poll.  In the 3-2 victory, both of the runs she allowed were unearned.  Yanez also delivered the game-winning sacrifice fly in the bottom of the ninth to provide the Aggies the walk-off win.

➜ The 11 strikeouts represented the most by a UC Davis pitcher since Justine Vela had 11 at Hawai‘i in 2013.  Yanez is the first Aggie pitcher since Vela that same year to deliver back-to-back double-digit strikeout performances.

Others nominated: Taylor Dockins (Cal State Fullerton); Cielo Meza (Long Beach State); Tayler Misfeldt (UC Riverside); Lena Mayer (UC Santa Barbara)