Chavez’s Opening-Weekend Performance Garners Weekly Honors
IRVING, Texas – After beginning 2016 with multiple impressive performances at the plate, Kansas infielder Daniella Chavez opened her sophomore campaign with Big 12 Conference Player of the Week honors, as announced by the league Tuesday afternoon. The weekly honor marks the first of her career from the conference for the reigning co-Big 12 Freshman of the Year.
Chavez picked up right where she left off after being named the Big 12 Co-Freshman of the Year a season ago, blasting three home runs and driving in 10 runs as Kansas softball opened the season by going 2-3 at the River City Leadoff in Jacksonville, Florida.
Chavez batted .588 and led Kansas in RBIs (10), hits (10) and runs scored (5), while posting a monstrous 1.118 slugging percentage. A year ago, Chavez broke the school record with 67 RBI and hit a freshman-best 16 long balls.
The Crowley, Texas native started 2016 with several hot streaks, which included hitting a home run in each of the last three game and posting a multi-hit game in the last four games. Chavez also tallied three RBIs in three of the last four games. She recorded six-straight hits in six at-bats after posting a combined 6-for-6 effort with a home run and six RBIs against Jacksonville and Coastal Carolina. In the final two games, both against UNC Greensboro, Chavez went 5-for-8 with a pair of long balls and four RBIs.
Kansas softball continues its road swing in California at the Fresno State Kickoff, Feb. 19-21, hosted by Fresno State. The Jayhawks will play a total of five games during the second weekend of the year against the Bulldogs, Sacramento State and UC Riverside.
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