March 22, 2005
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Senior Ashley Perkins and UNLV sophomore outfielder Brittany Freight have been named Mountain West Conference Softball Pitcher and Player of the Week, respectively. This is the first career weekly honor for Freight, and the third for Perkins, winning the award two consecutive times last year.
Perkins, from Shawnee, Kan., collected her third win of the season vs. New Mexico State last week, tossing her first complete game shutout of the season, and the first shutout of the year for New Mexico as a team. In 7.0 innings on the mound, she allowed just two hits and three walks, while striking out eight batters. On the season, Perkins has an ERA of 3.38, and leads UNM in strikeouts (83), innings pitched (85.0), opponent batting average (.231) and saves (one.)
Freight, a Placentia, Calif., native, went 8-for-10 (.800) at the plate in three games for the Rebels last week. She hit a triple, knocked in three RBI, scored three runs and stole two bases, while turning in a slugging percentage of 1.000 and an on-base percentage of .818. In UNLV's first game vs. Long Island, Freight went 3-for-4 with two RBI singles, a run scored and two stolen bases, as UNLV beat the Blackbirds, 11-3. She followed with a 2-for-2, one run scored performance in the Rebels' 3-0 win over Minnesota, and concluded her week with another 3-for-4 outing vs. Long Island. She started the game with an RBI triple to left field, giving UNLV the early 1-0 lead. She also had two singles and a run scored in the game, as the Rebels defeated the Blackbirds, 8-4. Defensively, Freight went errorless in the outfield with five putouts. With her 8-for-10 performance, Freight upped her batting average by 62 points. She is currently second on the team in doubles (five), and third in hits (26), RBI (14) and triples (three).
Perkins and the Lobos will host New Mexico State this Friday for a doubleheader starting at noon.