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HPU's Anderson named Player of the Week
by Chris Alcantara, staff writer

The Lady Sea Warriors own Mallory Anderson went 2-0 with a save in three appearances on March 23-24 to earn Pacific West Conference player-of-the-week honors.

In a March 23 battle with BYU-Hawai‘i, Anderson baffled the Seasiders’ batters by pitching a shutout for the 1-0 victory. In seven innings of work, the freshman hurler surrendered only a single hit to help bump up HPU in the standings with the key conference win.

The following day at the Hawai‘i Loa Campus field, Anderson again blanked the opposition in tossing another shutout against visiting Eastern Oregon University in the first game of a double-header.

Anderson

The Mountaineers had no answer for the HPU pitcher, mustering only three hits in the 8-0 loss. The second game would see Anderson return once again in the final inning to close out a 2-1 win and pick up her first save of the season. Anderson now boasts a 7-1 record to go along with a conference best .56 earned run average.

Success on the mound is nothing new to the California native. While attending high school in Fullerton, CA, Anderson gathered a number of honors to make a name for herself. Aside from lettering all four years in softball, as a sophomore she was named Golden West pitcher of the year and first team all-league. As a junior, Anderson was named Serra league pitcher of the year, was first team all-league, first team all-county for Orange County, and an impressive first team all-state selection. Her senior year she earned all-county and all-league honors again.

Among all the praises and accolades, Anderson still considers her greatest athletic thrill to be pitching against and beating the No.1 ranked high school team in the nation. “Mater Dei High School was in our conference so we got a chance to play them. We ended up beating them in a really close and intense game,” said Anderson. “It was a crazy feeling to have knocked off the No.1 team in the nation. We felt like we could beat anybody after that.”

When not playing softball, the psychology major enjoys the beach, the company of friends and family, and volunteering to work with disabled people. In life after softball, Anderson hopes to become an accomplished child psychologist.

“These are probably my last years playing competitive softball,” said Anderson. “I just want to have fun and make the most of it while I can. That’s what it is all about.”

 

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