May 2, 2011
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - CSUN's Kristen Mihm was named Big West Conference Player of the Week for her performance in the Matadors' series victory over Cal Poly this past weekend, the league office announced Monday. A senior from Monrovia, Calif., Mihm was a perfect 8-for-8 at the plate in the three games against the Mustangs, raising her batting average to .246 for the season and a team and league-leading.474 during conference play.
"It is exciting to receive this award, which I think is a testament to all the hard work I have put in recently," Mihm said. "My coaches, especially Caitlin Benyi, have been very helpful in giving me extra batting practice and getting me through a tough start to the season. I also want to thank my teammates who have also been instrumental to my success. They are always there for me and I would not have the success I've had recently without their help."
In the first game of the series, Mihm was 2-for-2 with a run scored and a sac bunt as the Matadors fell 4-2. The second game on April 30 saw Mihm set a new career high with three hits as she finished 3-for-3 with a run scored. Finally, she wrapped up the weekend with a 3-for-3 performance on May 1, connecting on a key two-run double in the sixth inning as the Matadors' came from five runs down to defeat Cal Poly and win the series.
For the season, Mihm is now batting .246 with 20 runs scored, seven doubles, three home runs, three stolen bases, 45 total bases and 14 RBIs. All those figures except the batting average represent new career highs.
Mihm's numbers have really exploded since the start of the league calendar. In Northridge's 15 Big West Conference games, Mihm has 18 hits, four doubles, nine runs scored and seven RBIs in addition to the .474 batting average.
The team's starting centerfielder, Mihm owns a .970 fielding percentage for the year, including eight outfield assists. Earlier in the season, she hit her first career grand slam in a victory over Western Michigan on Feb. 12 and set a new career high with four RBIs for the game.
"It's nice to see a senior like Kristen want to take the extra reps needed to get better each day," CSUN head coach Tairia Flowers said. "The game of softball rewards those who put in hard work and respect the game and Mihm saw the fruits of her labor pay off this weekend."
One of the Matadors' four graduating seniors, Mihm will be honored prior to CSUN's game vs. UC Riverside on Sunday, May 8. The Matadors' series with the Highlanders begins a day earlier, with a doubleheader on Saturday, May 7. Both days are slated to begin at noon at Matador Diamond.