LUBBOCK, Texas – The accolades keep rolling in for junior Jessica Hartwell as she was named USA Collegiate National Player of the Week on Tuesday after blasting six home runs and driving in 19 RBI last week for the Texas Tech softball team.
This marks the first national player of the week award for the Red Raider softball program. Hartwell also took home Big 12 Player of the Week honors Monday for the second time in her career.
Leading her squad to a 5-2 mark last week. Hartwell hit .440 with six home runs, two triples, a double and 19 RBI to lead the Big 12 in week four. Her 19 RBI were 10 more than anyone else in the league and her 34 total bases were the most in conference play by 15 bases..
Hartwell, who missed four games the week before with a hand injury, homered in five of seven games, including twice against New Mexico State and a grand slam against Bowling Green. Her numbers for the week are the best for a Red Raider since 2011 when Sandy James put together a six home run week with 20 RBI in March of 2011.
"Jess is such an incredible athlete,” head coach Adrian Gregory said. “She just had stitches removed from her hand on Monday, wasn't feeling her best physically and still put up these numbers. This kid plays the game so hard and gives everything she has to it. I am very excited for her, and there is not a more deserving athlete to get this recognition."
For the season, Hartwell leads the Big 12 with nine home runs, 28 RBI, 54 total bases and a 1.149 slugging percentage. The junior ranks second in the nation in slugging and is tied for fifth in the nation in home runs per game at 0.50.
The Galt, Calif., native heads back to her home state this week as the Red Raiders start an 11-game, 10-day road trip in California March 9-18 where they’ll face the likes of CSUN, UC Riverside, Long Beach State, Oregon State and Purdue.