IRVINE, Calif.—University of Hawai'i softball senior Heather Morales was named the Big West Conference's Field Player of the Week for the first time in her career on Monday. Morales--who is on an eight-game hitting streak—led the Rainbow Wahine this past week hitting .524 with two doubles, three home runs and six RBI to help UH record a 6-1 record.
The first baseman from Indio, Calif. also posted a team-high 1.048 slugging percentage while racking up a team-high 11 hits in 21 at-bats.
Morales began the week going 4-for-6 with two runs scored, two home runs and three RBI in a doubleheader sweep of Toledo. She hit a solo shot in game one and added a two-run dinger in game two.
The Rainbow Wahine then played five games at the Outrigger Spring Fling Tournament as Morales helped her team to a 4-1 record. She had two hits, including a double, in a 5-3 victory over Charleston Southern to open the tournament. She homered for the third time in four days against Toledo, finishing 2-for-4 with a double in an 8-1 triumph.
In back-to-back shutout victories over Marist, Morales had a hit in each game, including the game-winning 2-RBI single in game one.
Overall, Morales has started all 24 games at first base and is hitting .343 (23-for-67) and she leads the team with five home runs (tied with Nicole Lopez), 17 RBI and a .612 slugging percentage. She has seven multiple-hit games and five multiple-RBI games this year and has reached base safely in 10-straight games—a team best.
Hawai'i has Monday off before beginning its final non-conference tournament of the season, the Hawaii Pacific Health Rainbow Wahine Classic, March 14-18. Marist will remain in the Islands for their second tournament while UConn, Harvard and Purdue will all be coming to Honolulu for the five day tournament.
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