Irvine, Calif. - Leading the way for the Tigers in the circle over the weekend at the Cathedral City Classic, freshman Dani Bonnet earned Big West Pitcher of the Week honors for the week ending on February 26. Bonnet went 2-0 in the circle with a pair of shutouts to help the Tigers to an impressive 4-1 showing at the tournament in the desert. The award was the first of the year for a Pacific player and the first pitching award for the Tigers since Nikki Armagost earned the honor last season on May 9.
Thrown into the circle against some of the nation's top offenses throughout her first three weeks of her young career, Bonnet has taken the coaches' confidence in her and run with it en route to picking up the conference's weekly pitching honor. Over the weekend in Cathedral City, Bonnet hit the circle for three appearances including earning a pair of starts against Iowa State and No. 14 Texas A&M and came away with a perfect 2-0 record including an unblemished 0.00 ERA.
After throwing 1.2 innings of scoreless relief against BYU on Thursday night, Bonnet picked up her second career start for the Tigers on Friday afternoon against Iowa State. Facing a Cyclone team coming off a victory, the freshman shutdown the Iowa State offense for five innings while watching her offense run-rule the opposition. In five innings of work, Bonnet faced no true threats to her shutout as she allowed just three hits and two walks while striking out two to earn her first career victory and shutout.
With her first win under her belt, Bonnet was called upon to start against the high powered offense of the No. 14 ranked Aggies, a team that was coming off of a 14 run performance against BYU the night before. Facing the Aggies, Bonnet produced another gem as the freshman hurled what will go down as one of her signature performances of her career, shuting out the Aggies for 4.1 innings before giving way to sophomore Tori Shepard to finish off the game. In 4.1 innings, Bonnet scattered five hits while keeping the Aggies off balance to earn her second straight shutout victory and first career win over a top ranked opponent.
For the year, Bonnet holds a 2-1 record in the circle while sporting a 3.23 ERA in six appearances.
The Tigers and Bonnet will be back in action on Wednesday, February 29, when they travel to Berkeley, Calif. to take on the undefeated and No. 1 ranked Golden Bears of Cal.