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Two Wildcats Earn GNAC Player of the Week Honors

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SPOKANE, Wash. (Apr. 4) -- Central Washington University senior Samantha Petrich (Chehalis, Wash./W.F. West HS) has been selected as the Great Northwest Athletic Conference co-Player of the Week for softball, the conference office announced Monday.

Petrich, the Wildcats' senior shortstop, batted .478 with 11 hits in 23 at-bats over seven games at the Tournament of Champions, presented by Mizuno, in Turlock, Calif., this past weekend. She tied for the tournament lead in hits (11), runs batted in (8), and total bases (19). Petrich also had an .826 slugging percentage and did not commit an error in 21 defensive chances.

Petrich and senior pitcher Lauren Hadenfeld (Vancouver, Wash./Evergreen HS) were both named to the 17-member all-tournament team on Sunday after helping CWU to the consolation bracket title and a 4-3 overall tournament record.

Central Washington returns to Great Northwest Athletic Conference play for its final 24 games of the 2011 regular season. The Wildcats (13-11, 7-5 GNAC) will travel to Lacey for a four-game series this weekend (Apr. 9-10) against Saint Martin's University.
Central Washington University senior Torrie Self (Kent, Wash./Kent-Meridian HS) has been selected as the Great Northwest Athletic Conference co-Female Athlete of the Week for track and field, the conference office announced Monday.

Self, who won the award twice during the 2010 season, improved upon her previous career-best marks in both the shot put and hammer. Her shot put mark of 43 feet, 3 1/4 inches is the fifth-best mark in GNAC history, while her hammer throw of 182 feet, 4 inches, was a three-foot improvement over her previous career-best. The mark in the hammer was just two inches shy of the NCAA Division II automatic qualifying standard.

Self became the second CWU female to earn track and field athlete of the week honors this year. Sophomore Katharine Lotze (Benton City, Wash./Kiona-Benton HS) earned the award during the indoor season.

Central Washington is scheduled to participate in a handful of meets this coming weekend. The Wildcats will visit Bellingham for the WWU Multi-Events (Thursday and Friday) and the Ralph Vernacchia Invitational (Friday), as well as the WAR IV at Community Colleges of Spokane on Saturday.