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Jackie Sweet first Utah softball player to be named Pac-12 player of the week

Deseret News

Published: Monday, April 8 2013 2:33 p.m. MDT

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. — Senior second baseman Jackie Sweet became the first-ever member of the Utah softball team to ever earn Pac-12 Conference Player of the Week honors, the conference office announced Monday.

Sweet turned in a .550 batting average in the six games, which included two doubles, a triple and home run for a .900 slugging percentage, on 11 hits in 20 at-bats for five RBI. She also turned in a .571 on-base percentage in addition to a stolen base.

"I'm really excited for Jackie," Utah Head Coach Amy Hogue said. "There have been a few occasions where our players have had some of the best performances of their lives and didn't get the award, but that just proves how good this league is and just how huge this honor is. This is another huge checkmark off the list for the program."

In the field, Sweet registered a flawless 1.000 fielding percentage with 14 assists and 13 putouts from her second-base post.

"Offense wasn't the only reason why Jackie got this award," Hogue said. "Of course, she continued to perform at the plate while moving up the batting order, but also made a ton of plays at second base. She did not commit an error and that was a huge factor in our success. She has always done whatever it takes to win and has been really hot. It's been fun to watch."

Sweet extended her team-high hit streak to 13 games with a 3-for-4, two-RBI output at the plate during Sunday's 8-4 win over No. 15 UCLA, helping Utah pick up its first-ever series victory over a Pac-12. She has turned in eight multi-hit games on the year, her third with three hits, and has driven in two or more five times this season. Sweet connected on a two-run triple to right-center field in the second, singled up the middle in the bottom of the fourth and single up the middle again in the sixth. Sweet now has 18 RBI this season and 58 over her career.

In the series opener on Saturday, Sweet singled to left field in the first inning before knocking an RBI single in the second game of the day.

In Tuesday's doubleheader at No. 9 Oregon, Sweet was 4-for-6 at the plate with two doubles and an RBI. She hit a single to left in the fourth inning of game one before connecting on an RBI double to left-center field in the first inning of the second contest.

The third game of the Oregon series saw Sweet go 2-for-4 with an RBI and run scored. She had a base hit to left field in the first before homering for the third time this season, a solo shot to left field. She has hit 13 round-trippers over her career.

For the season, Sweet is second on the team with a .320 batting average and tied for third on the squad with 18 RBI. She has 10 extra-base hits in 2013, which includes six doubles, three home runs and a triple.

Generra Nielson was named the Pac-12's Pitcher of the Week on Mar. 19, 2012..

Up next for the Utes is a non-conference doubleheader against Weber State on Wednesday at Utah Softball Stadium, which will start at 4 p.m. MT. Live audio and live stats will be available at utahutes.com.

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