Virginia's Field Named ACC Co-Softball Player Of The Week
April 26, 2004
GREENSBORO, N.C. – University of Virginia fourth-year shortstop Heather Field (Lincoln, Calif./Lincoln) has been selected as the Atlantic Coast Conference co-Softball Player of the Week as announced Monday (April 26). Field, who earns the honor for the first time in her career, shares the award with Florida State’s Jessica van der Linden.
Field had a tremendous week in helping lead the Cavaliers to an 8-0 record, including four ACC victories. Field set the ACC record for career walks when she drew her 145th career base on balls in the first game of UVa’s doubleheader against Maryland on April 25. Former teammate Kristen Dennis (1999-2002) held the old mark with 144 career walks. Field now has 148 career walks. Field also set Virginia single season marks for runs (59) and walks (59) during the week.
On the week, Field was 8-17 at the plate for a .471 batting average with three doubles and three home runs, including a pair of lead-off homers. She had 20 total bases in 17 at-bats for a 1.176 slugging percentage and also posted a .706 on-base percentage as she reached base 24 times in 34 plate appearances. Field drew 16 walks and scored 18 runs as the Cavaliers outscored the opposition 67-18 during the week. She had at least two walks and two runs scored in seven of eight games and scored three runs in three different contests.
In addition to the walks record, Field also holds the school records for runs scored (177) and assists (518).
In 2004, Field is hitting .331 (56-169) with nine doubles, five triples and a career-best 10 home runs. The co-captain has driven in 34 runs, possesses a .621 slugging percentage and leads the Cavaliers with a .509 on-base percentage. The four-year starter is also having her best year defensively as she has registered a .953 fielding percentage.
Virginia stands at 38-23 overall and 6-4 in the ACC this season. The Cavaliers are on a nine-game winning streak.