Zboralske Named Big West Field Player of the Week

Kelly Zboralske leads all league players with seven doubles. (Photo: Mark Honbo, UC Davis Athletics Communications)
 
Kelly Zboralske leads all league players with seven doubles. (Photo: Mark Honbo, UC Davis Athletics Communications)
 

March 10, 2014

IRVINE, Calif. – A stellar performance at last weekend’s Stanford Louisville Slugger Classic helped sophomore utility player Kelly Zboralske earn Field Player of the Week accolades from the Big West Conference.

With Monday's announcement, Zboralske became the first UC Davis field player since Alex Holmes was recognized on March 14, 2011, to garner softball weekly honors.

Throughout her team’s four games played last week, the Orangevale, Calif., native drove in five of her teams 11 runs and hit 7-for-14 (.500). Of her seven hits, five were for extra bases as she recorded four doubles in addition to cranking her team-high fifth home run of the season.

What started with a 2-for-4 batting effort last Tuesday at Sacramento State, one of three multi-hit performances last week, continued during her team’s stay in Stanford. Against her team’s cross-Causeway rivals, Zboralske was responsible for the Aggies’ lone double. Against North Dakota State and Portland State, she smacked another three hits–all doubles.

Zboralske enters this week’s action ranked No. 1 in the league with seven doubles.

In a 4-2 win against the Bison, Zboralske drove in more runs (3) than North Dakota’s entire roster combined. When UC Davis faced Portland State, her run-scoring double was a key element in the Aggies’ 4-3, eighth-inning victory. 

To finish out the tournament, Zboralske went 2-for-3 with a run scored and a team-high fifth home run in a narrow 3-2 loss to No. 22/17 Stanford.  Her solo shot tied the game at 2-2 and nearly forced a second straight extra-inning game for the Aggies.


Others nominated: Emily Ceccacci (Cal Poly); Gabby Aragon (Cal State Fullerton); Taylor Glover (Cal State Northridge); Ashlynn Booker (Long Beach State); Natalie Sanchez (UC Riverside); MeShalon Moore (UC Santa Barbara)