April 5, 2005
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Freshman Lindsey Elcess and BYU junior righthander Summer Tobias have been named Mountain West Conference Softball Player and Pitcher of the Week, respectively. This is the first career weekly award for Elcess and the second of the season for Tobias.
Elcess, a Tucson, Ariz., native, went 8-for-18 (.444) at the plate, helping New Mexico to its best start in MWC play since 2000 with a 3-1 record last week, including its first sweep of San Diego State in five seasons. In six games last week, she hit five home runs and a double, while tallying eight RBI and seven runs scored. She started the week going 2-for-6, with her first two collegiate homers, two RBI and two runs scored in UNM's non-conference doubleheader vs. New Mexico State. In game one of the Lobos' doubleheader vs. UNLV, Elcess evened the scored at three apiece with a third inning three-run home run. She went yard again two innings later, as she finished with four RBI and two runs scored in the 10-4 Lobo loss. She followed with a 1-for-2, two runs scored effort in New Mexico's 7-3 game two win. In game one of the San Diego State doubleheader, Elcess knotted the score at 1-1 with an RBI single in the bottom of the fifth on the way to a 2-for-4, one RBI outing in the Lobos' 2-1 victory. In game two vs. SDSU she led off the third inning with her fifth homer of the week as New Mexico pulled away from the Aztecs for a 4-1 win. She moved her batting average up from .200 to .316 last week with her performance last week now has five home runs nine RBI in 17 games played this season.
Tobias, from Temecula, Calif., posted a 2-0 record and a save in three appearance for BYU last week, pitching a perfect game and a two-hit complete game shutout in the process. Her perfect game came in the Cougars' 8-0 win over Utah Valley State, as she struck out a career-best eight of the 18 batters she faced. In game one of BYU's conference season opener vs. Utah, Tobias struck out three, while only giving up two hits in 5.0 innings on the mound, in the Cougars' 13-0 victory. In game two vs. the Utes, she came on in the bottom of seventh with the potential tying run at the plate, to set Utah down in order for her second save of the season. On the year, Tobias is 9-4 with a 1.52 ERA and 66 strikeouts in 88.2 innings on the mound.
Elcess and the Lobos will look to continue their winning ways as they head to Fort Collins, Colo. to square off in a doubleheader against Colorado State on Saturday, April 9 starting at 1 p.m.