March 15, 2010
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Jessica Bracamonte of the Michigan State softball team was named the Big Ten Softball Player of the Week by the conference office today (March 15). This is the first time she has been honored with the award in her career, and is the first Spartan to receive the award this season. The last Spartan to be named Big Ten Softball Player of the Week was Lindsey Hansen on March 2, 2009.
The junior from Hacienda Heights, Calif., led the Spartans with a .611 batting average this past week while facing Florida Atlantic, Connecticut and Florida State on March 8-9, and taking on FIU and George Washington in the FIU Golden Panther Invitational on March 12-13. Out of her 18 at-bats, she recorded 11 hits and tallied four RBIs while scoring five runs herself. She went 7-for-11 over the course of the Panther Invite, and helped her team sweep George Washington by going 5-for-6 at the plate over the series.
Bracamonte leads her team with a .383 batting average so far this season and has the second-highest slugging percentage (.517). She has a fielding percentage of 1.000, and has recorded 30 catches and 28 putouts from center, where she has started since she has arrived at MSU.
The Spartans (10-13) will travel to Oxford, Ohio, to face Miami (Ohio), Robert Morris, Canisius and Toldeo on March 20-21st. They open up tournament play against the RedHawks on Saturday at 2 p.m.