LOS ANGELES - Sterling Shuster was named the Pacific Coast Softball Conference Player of the Week, the first such honor of her career, the league office announced Tuesday.
Shuster had arguably the best weekend of her career, going 5-for-12 (.417) with four home runs, eight RBIs and four runs scored in LMU's four-game series against San Diego. The sophomore second baseman had a .533 on-base percentage and a 1.417 slugging percentage in the four games.
In the series opener, she accounted for all four Lion runs, launching a three-run homer in the third that gave the Lions a 3-2 lead and adding a solo shot in the fifth to provide a two-run cushion. In game two, she gave the Lions a 1-0 lead with a solo shot in the fourth. She added a single in the ninth to finish 2-for-4 in the 2-1, 10-inning win. Her home run heroics continued in game three as she snapped a 1-1 tie with a two-run, walk-off home run in the eighth innings to give LMU the 3-1 win. While she did not collect a hit in the final game, she did draw two walks and collected an RBI when she reached on an error in the seventh.
All told, Shuster accounted for eight of the Lions' 12 runs in the series. After hitting just two home runs in her previous 43 games this season, she tripled her season total in home runs in the four-game span.
The Lions (30-21, 13-7 PCSC) return to action Wednesday with a non-conference game at No. 15/17 UCLA. LMU's regular season then concludes on Saturday and Sunday, May 4-5 when it hosts PCSC rival Utah Valley in a four game series. First pitch at Smith Field is scheduled for noon. In addition, the Lions' senior class will be honored prior to Sunday's start.-GO LIONs-