The senior led the 11th-ranked Washington Huskies to a 2-1 record over the weekend with a .667 average, 2.000 slugging percentage and perfect fielding percentage at first base. She scored five runs and drove in six more of the team's total of 18 runs over the weekend. Tyson led Washington to a seventh-inning come from behind victory against California, hitting a lead-off home run to cut the Golden Bear's lead to 2-1. She then drove in the winning run with an RBI-single in the eighth inning. She followed up that performance with a home run shot against Stanford, drawing two walks in her next two at-bats, with one intentional.
“This is such an honor, especially considering the high caliber of athletes playing college softball these days. I never thought I'd received an award like this and I'm really flattered even to have been considered,” said Tyson of her first-time honor. “While getting awards and accolades is always nice the best part of this season has been that our team has been playing well and winning ballgames. I just hope our success continues on through the remainder of the Pac-10 season and on into the NCAA Tournament.”
On Sunday, she wrapped up the weekend with a 2-for-3 performance with two home runs and an intentional walk in Washington's 12-1 six-inning route of Stanford. Tyson has now homered at least once in each of the last six games and has seven home runs total in that span. She now has 16 home runs on the season, tying for ninth on the UW all-time single-season list.
“This is a great honor, not only for Dena but for our program as a whole. A lot of players put up big numbers on any given weekend but Dena has consistently been doing this for our team week after week,” said head coach Heather Tarr. “To receive an award such as this not only does an individual need to play well but her team needs to play well so this is a testament to what our entire team has been able to accomplish. I am so proud of Dena and each of our players.
Since the Pac-10 season has started, Tyson has increased her average from .418 to .490. She is leading the team with a .625 (20-for-32) average, including eight home runs with 12 runs scored and 14 RBIs with a 1.375 slugging percentage and .700 on-base percentage. She has also walked eight times, including three intentionally.