Giselle "G" Juarez named Week 7 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Week

March 27, 2018, 4:25 p.m. (ET)

OKLAHOMA CITY — A flawless week in the circle has landed Arizona State’s Giselle “G” Juarez (Glendale, Ariz.) USA Softball Collegiate National Player of the Week honors, USA Softball announced today.  Juarez, who earned her third-consecutive Pac-12 Conference Pitcher of the Week honor for her performance, saw action in each of the Sun Devils four contests on the week while averaging 11.77 strikeouts per game.

Juarez continued her stellar 2018 campaign by closing out Arizona State’s series win over No. 1 Washington to start out the week, fanning eight Huskies batters in a complete game, shutout win.  The sophomore continued to deal in the circle, opening a three-game series against California with a 10-inning, complete game shutout and a career high 17 strikeouts.  She then earned her third win of the week in another extra-inning thriller with California.  After entering the circle in the eighth inning, Juarez held off the Golden Bears offense by retiring every batter faced, including eight strikeouts.  In the series finale against California, Juarez picked up a save after entering in the bottom of the sixth inning to close out a 4-0 win.

"What an honor for both Giselle and the program,” said Arizona State Head Coach, Trisha Ford.  “She is hitting her stride and it’s a lot fun to watch her compete. Maddi Hackbarth and G have spent a lot of time in the bullpen and work hard on how they are going to attack hitters. Giselle is a special player who is very humble, hardworking and an even better person. It’s always nice to see those types of players rewarded for their efforts."

For the week, Juarez posted a 3-0 record with one save in four appearances that included two complete games.  In her 22 innings pitched, Juarez allowed just two runs on ten hits, both unearned, while striking out nearly half of the batters faced on the week to bring her total weekly strikeouts to 37. 

2018 USA Softball National Collegiate Players of the Week
Week 1 (Feb. 8-11): Vanessa Shippy – Oklahoma State – Senior – Infield – Coeur d’Alene, Idaho

Week 2 (Feb. 12-18): Kylee Hanson – Florida State – RS Senior – Pitcher – Jupiter, Fla.

Co-Week 3 (Feb. 19-25): Kelly Barnhill – Florida – Junior – Pitcher – Marietta, Ga.

Co-Week 3 (Feb. 19-25): Rachel Garcia – UCLA – RS Sophomore – Pitcher – Palmdale, Calif.

Week 4 (Feb. 26-March 4): Jessica Hartwell – Texas Tech – Junior – Infield – Galt, Calif.

Week 5 (March 5-11): Alexis Osorio – Alabama – Senior – Pitcher – Riverside, Calif.

Week 6 (March 12-18): Madison Aurin – San José State – Junior – Pitcher/IF – Bakersfield, Calif.

Week 7 (March 19-25): Giselle “G” Juarez – Arizona State – Sophomore – Pitcher – Glendale, Ariz.

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