LUBBOCK, Texas – Texas Tech sophomore infielder Jessica Hartwell gained Big 12 Player of the Week honors today after blasting three home runs this weekend at the Ram Classic in Fort Collins, Colo.
This is Hartwell's first Big 12 weekly award of her career. She is the first Red Raider honored with a weekly award from the league this season and the first since senior Kierra Miles last season.
Hartwell led the league last week with three home runs and six RBI while hitting .500 in 10 at bats at the Ram Classic in Fort Collins. She added a double and a walk while recording her first multi-home run game in Tech's Sunday matchup with Colorado State. She recorded one of her six RBI in Tech's six-run second inning against South Dakota Sunday that led to a Red Raider win.
"Jessica works incredibly hard," head coach Adrian Gregory said. "I've put a lot of responsibility on her, and she continues to rise up to the occasion. As I demand more, she steps up more. Our program is in great hands with her at the helm as a leader. She has a lot of expectation on her back, she knows that and she wants it."
With three home runs last week, the Galt., Calif., native now has 11 on the season, which is tied for third in the Big 12. She is the only Big 12 player with double-digit home runs and 12 or more doubles this season. Hartwell also leads the team in slugging percentage (.587) and is tied for the team lead in hits with 51, while going 10-11 in stolen bases for the year.
The Red Raiders are gearing up for the Big 12 Championships this weekend in Oklahoma City, Okla. Texas Tech enters Friday's pool play as the No. 6 seed and will take on No. 4 Texas at 11 a.m. at Integris Field and No. 1 Oklahoma at 7:30 p.m. inside ASA Hall of Fame Stadium.