April 19, 2010

Tracy Allen Named Big West Softball Player of the Week

April 19, 2010

NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - Cal State Northridge junior Tracy Allen was named Big West Player of the Week, the league office announced Monday. In the Matadors' three-game sweep at Pacific last weekend, Allen batted a robust .545 with two home runs, eight RBIs and a four runs scored.

In game one, Allen went 2-for-3 at the plate, collecting an RBI and scoring the game-winning run in the Matadors' 2-1 victory.

In game two, she exploded for a career-high five RBIs, going 2-for-4 with two runs scored. Allen hit her first career grand slam with two outs in the top of the eighth, lifting CSUN to a 12-7 victory.

Finally, game three saw her finish 2-for-4 with two RBIs, her team-leading sixth home run of the season and a run scored. Her two-run home run in the third inning put CSUN ahead for good.

"I feel so honored to receive this award," Allen said. "I have worked very hard, learned to stay positive and not let little things affect my play. Hitting the grand slam was very exciting. I had chills running through my body when I rounded third. I want to thank my teammates, coaches and parents for all their help and support throughout the season."

In addition to her work at the plate, Allen also played perfect defense at third base for the Matadors. She sported a 1.000 fielding percentage in 14 chances, successfully recording five put-outs and nine assists.

"Tracy has been coming through for us in a lot of clutch situations and played a huge role in our three wins at Pacific," Associate Coach Roni Sparrey said "Defensively, she has been a wall at third base and is really stepping into more of a leadership role for us this season."

For the season, Allen is batting .290 with six home runs, six doubles and 28 RBIs. She ranks second in the league in RBIs, fifth in hits (36) and fourth in home runs. Allen also checks in at eighth in slugging percentage (.484) among all league players.

Allen has also started every game at third base for CSUN in 2010. In 160 chances, she sports a .975 fielding percentage (50 POs, 106 A, 4 E). The 106 defensive assists lead the Big West Conference.

Allen becomes the third Matador to be named Big West Player of the Week in the 2010 season. Christina Saenz received the award on Mar. 1 and Karla Chaparro earned the honor on Mar. 29.

Northridge returns to the diamond this weekend with a three-game series against UC Santa Barbara. On Saturday, April 24, the Matadors and Gauchos will play a doubleheader and then play a single game on Sunday, April 25. Both days are slated to start at noon.

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