March 21, 2011

Jaci Carlsen Named Big West Player of the Week

March 21, 2011

NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - Cal State Northridge junior Jaci Carlsen was named Big West Player of the Week, the league office announced Monday. In the Matadors' seven games last week, Carlsen batted a robust .619 (13-of-21) while collecting six extra-base hits, five RBIs, six runs scored and three stolen bases.

In helping the Matadors' to a 4-3 record last week, Carlsen certainly flexed her offensive muscle often. She posted a .680 on-base percentage and a 1.143 slugging percentage in the seven contests. Carlsen had three doubles, a triple and a home run while drawing four walks compared to zero strikeouts.

"I have been seeing the ball well recently and am happy to help contribute to the team's success," Carlsen said. "I want to thank my teammates and coaches for their help and support throughout the season."

In the Matadors' doubleheader sweep of North Dakota on Mar. 15, Carlsen collected her first triple of the season, stole two bases and had a run scored and an RBI.

During the Matadors' play at the San Diego Classic II, Carlsen set several new season highs and tied several career bests. She tied a career high with a season-best three runs scored against Ohio on Mar. 20, and then followed that up with a perfect 4-for-4 performance against San Diego also on Mar. 20. Against the Toreros, she had two doubles and one run, stolen base and RBI.

For the season, Carlsen is batting a team-high .390, the fifth-best average in the Big West Conference. She ranks third in the league with a .688 slugging percentage, eighth with a .447 on-base percentage, ninth with 15 runs scored, tied for third with 30 hits and six doubles and first in total bases with 53. Carlsen also checks tied for fourth in the Big West with five home runs and she is also tied for second in the league with seven stolen bases.

Her home run against Ohio was the 15th of her career, tying her with teammate Tracy Allen and Sandra Milchiker for 10th in school history. Carlsen has started every game at second base for the Matadors, owning a .947 fielding percentage in 132 chances.

Her head coach, Tairia Flowers, was happy to see Carlsen recognized for a dynamic week at the plate.

"Jaci had an outstanding week at the plate and is really hitting the ball hard right now," Flowers said. "She's been putting in some extra work and is starting to see that pay off."

Carlsen and the Matadors return to action this weekend with three games at No. 7 Arizona. The Matadors will play on Mar. 25 and 26 at 7 p.m. and Mar. 27 at 1 p.m. against the Wildcats.

"I am excited to face Arizona this weekend," Carlsen added. "They are a very good team, but I think we're ready for the challenge."