LUBBOCK, Texas – Texas Tech softball’s Jessica Hartwell was named the College National Player of the Week by Fastpitch News on Tuesday for her record-breaking performance in which she blasted a school-record three home runs against No. 16 Baylor on Friday.
This marks the second national player of the week award this season for Hartwell after capturing the program’s first on March 6 from USA Softball.
The junior went deep in the first, third and seventh innings in the series opener against the Lady Bears to finish 3-for-3 with a walk and five of the team’s seven RBI. She is the only Big 12 player and one of just nine players nationally to connect on three dingers in a game this season.
Hartwell finished 5-for-9 over the weekend and led the Big 12 with a 1.556 slugging percentage. The Galt, Calif., native ranks seventh nationally with a 0.916 slugging percentage and is 12th in home runs with 13 on the season. Additionally, she is tied atop the Big 12 rankings with a .500 batting average in league play.
For the year, Hartwell is hitting .402 with 13 home runs, 10 doubles and three triples. She leads the Red Raiders with 38 RBI and 38 runs scored along with an on-base percentage of .484.
In the record book, Hartwell is four homers away from matching the school’s single-season record and 13 back of tying the career mark. Her .402 average ranks third best all-time, while her career average of .328 is top-5. She is currently on pace to set the school record for highest slugging percentage in a season.
The Red Raiders (21-18, 1-8) are back on the road this week, squaring off with Abilene Christian today at 6 p.m. in Abilene. Tech then heads to Austin to open a three-game set against the Texas Longhorns on Friday at 7 p.m. on Longhorn Network.
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