Dirks Named WCC Player of the Week

March 20, 2017

Los Angeles, Calif. - Senior outfielder Amanda Dirks has been named the West Coast Conference Softball Player of the Week, the conference office announced Monday. The honor is the second of Dirks' career and the first for the LMU softball team this season.

Dirks claims the player of the week honor after batting a team high .538 (7-13) with a two-run home run, five runs scored, four RBIs over 5 games last week.

Beginning on Tuesday facing Texas, Dirks had 2 of the teams 3 hits in the game and drove in both of LMU's 2 runs. LMU and Texas were in a scoreless tie until the 3rd when Dirks came to the plate with a runner on second and 2 outs. Dirks ripped a home run to give the Lions the 2-0 lead.

Against the Gauchos on Thursday, LMU had an 8 run first inning. Dirks contributed to the scoring when she earned a walk her first at bat and was hit by a pitch her second at bat, coming around to score once. Later in the 5th inning, LMU earned their ninth and final run when Dirks basted an RBI single.

In the second game on Thursday, facing the Oklahoma Sooners, Dirks led the team with 2 of LMU's four hits and 1 RBI. Down 3-1 in the 4th Dirks singled to center to begin the rally and she went on to score on a game tying homerun. Dirks picked up her RBI in the 5th when she singled through the right side scoring her teammate. Dirks' RBI brought the game within two, and proved to be the final run for the Lions.

Sunday against DePaul, Dirks singled in the first inning with two runners on base which led to a 4-run inning for the Lions. When she came to bat again in the 3rd she opened the inning with a rocket to left picking up her 7th and final hit of the weekend.

Player of the Week Also Nominated: Caitlyn Larsen Alldredge, BYU; Kailey Hill, San Diego
Pitcher of the Week Also Nominated: Delaney Heller, San Diego

2017 West Coast Conference Player of the Week
Week 1 (2/13) - Madison Casiano, C, San Diego
Week 2 (2/20) - Rylee Jensen, OF, BYU
Week 3 (2/27) - Lexi Tarrow, OF, BYU
Week 4 (3/6) - Libby Sugg, C, BYU
Week 5 (3/13) - Sara Silveyra, SS, San Diego
Week 6 (3/20) - Amanda Dirks, Loyola Marymount

2017 West Coast Conference Pitcher of the Week

Week 1 (2/13) - McKenna Bull, BYU
Week 2 (2/20) - Kerisa Viramontes, BYU
Week 3 (2/27) - Marissa Young, Pacific
Week 4 (3/6) - McKenna Bull, BYU
Week 5 (3/13) - Arissa Paulson, BYU
Week 6 (3/20) - McKenna Bull, BYU




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