OKLAHOMA CITY — Five hits, all which left the yard, during Arizona State’s series sweep over Utah has Maddi Hackbarth (Oakdale, Calif.) earning Week 7 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Week honors. Announced today by USA Softball, Hackbarth sparked the Sun Devils comeback win on Sunday as the junior opened up the seventh inning with her third home run of the afternoon for her third multi-home run game this season.
"I couldn't have done this without my teammates," said Hackbarth. "Thank you to USA Softball for the honor, and a special thank you to my teammates and coaches for helping me get to this point. While I am proud of what I was able to accomplish this past week, I am even more proud of the fight we showed as a team."
Starting all three games in the series against Utah, Hackbarth got things started with a two-home run outing on Friday before capping off the weekend with a three-home run game in the 18-17 comeback win. Hackbarth currently ranks third nationally with 16 homers this season, and also collects her first career Pac-12 Player of the Week honor for her performance in Week 7.
"What an incredible honor for Maddi and the program," said Head Coach Trisha Ford. "I am so proud of her! She's an integral part of this program and it's great to see her hard work pay off."
For the week, Hackbarth had a .556 (5-for-9) average with five home runs, nine RBI and seven runs scored while amassing a 2.222 slugging percentage. Hackbarth was perfect in the field with no errors and 11 putouts, throwing out two runners on the base-bath.
This is the first USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Week for Hackbarth and first for an athlete from Arizona State this season.
2019 USA Softball National Collegiate Players of the Week
Week 1 (Feb. 7-10): Kassidy Wilbur – Stephen F. Austin – Freshman – Pitcher – Bridge City, Texas
Week 2 (Feb. 11-17): Zoe Casas – Florida State – Senior – Outfield – Rialto, Calif.
Co-Week 3 (Feb. 18-24): Danielle Gibson — Arkansas — Sophomore — Infield — Murrieta, Calif.
Co-Week 3 (Feb. 18-24): Andrea Scali — Kent State — RS Freshman — Pitcher — Parma, Ohio
Week 4 (Feb. 25-March 3): Meghan Beaubien — Michigan — Sophomore — Newport, Mich
Week 5 (March 4-10): Jenna Cone — George Washington — Junior — Trabuco Canyon, Calif.
Week 6 (March 11-17): Rachel Garcia — UCLA — RS Junior — Palmdale, Calif.
Week 7 (March 18-24): Maddi Hackbarth – Arizona State – Junior – Oakdale, Calif.