OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. - For the first time this season, USA Softball has selected Co-National Player of the Week honorees. Kansas' Serena Settlemier (Kelso, Wash.) and Oregon State's Cambria Miranda (Camarillo, Calif.) have been selected for their exceptional performances this past week. Settlemier led her team to a 1-0 victory over second ranked Texas, holding the Longhorns to only one hit while Miranda helped lead OSU to an upset win over No. 1 UCLA, the Beavers first win at UCLA since the 1999 season.
Settlemier totaled 15 strikeouts and posted a 0.44 ERA in 16 innings last week to improve her overall record to 15-5. She held opposing hitters to a .115 batting average and surrendered just one run in three appearances. She was also a force offensively totaling a team-high eight hits and 12 RBI for a .615 batting average. In five games, she hit three home runs, two of which were grand slams, for a 1.462 slugging percentage and 19 total bases.
Against Missouri on Wednesday, Settlemier went 3-for-3 and notched a grand slam to give KU the 5-1 win. She then went 4-for-7 with eight RBI in a doubleheader against Creighton in which she slammed her sixth grand slam of the season. In the circle she was equally impressive going 3-0 to improve her record to 15-5 this season.
"I am very honored to receive such an extraordinary award. I am so proud to be a Jayhawk," said Settlemier. "My team has been playing very well and I could not have done this without them behind me."
On Sunday against the second ranked Longhorns, this gutsy senior struck out four and held Texas scoreless through the first five innings to secure the 1-0 upset.
"This is an incredible honor for both Serena and our team. Her performance this season has been remarkable and last week, she did some pretty incredible things," said Kansas head coach Tracy Bunge. "She had to battle through some pretty difficult injuries, including one to her pitching arm. She has had to persevere through a lot of adversity and that makes this honor all the more special."
Miranda led the Beavers with a .556 batting average (5-for-9), five runs scored, five RBI, three home runs, a double, and a 1.667 slugging percentage as Oregon State knocked off top-ranked UCLA in Los Angeles and swept a pair of games against No. 14 Washington in Seattle. Miranda belted a home run in all three games, helping OSU to its first-ever road sweep of the Bruins and Huskies. The victory on Saturday marked just the third win against Washington in Seattle and Sunday's shutout marked the first back-to-back road victories against UW in school history.
"This is a great honor to receive such a prestigious award," said Miranda. "It was exciting going 3-0 last week in the Pac-10 and beating the No. 1 team in the country."
In an amazing rare feat, Miranda hit a pair of home runs just three pitches apart during a single at-bat Saturday against Washington. The first home run was called back as one of her teammates was called out for leaving the base early - two pitches later, Miranda homered again over the left field fence.
"Cambria had an outstanding weekend and really has contributed to all of our wins in the Pac-10," said OSU head coach Kirk Walker. "This is a well deserved honor for her and certainly a very prestigious award for her during her career."
Oregon State has its best record over the first 40 games (33-7) in program history.
This is the first-time honor as USA Softball National Player of the Week for both Settlemier and Miranda.
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