Irvine, Cailf. - For the first time in her illustrious career, junior Nikki Armagost took home the Big West's Player of the Week award for her stellar showing during the week ending on March 11. The reigning player of the year earned her fourth weekly award but first player of the week award after taking home pitcher of the week three previous times. The award marks the third straight week a Tiger has been awarded a weekly honor by the Big West after freshman Dani Bonnet was named the pitcher of the week on Feb. 27 while senior Nicole Matson was named the player of the week on March 5.
Entering the week among the conference's top hitters, Armagost turned her performance up a notch to lead the Tigers to a 5-1 record on the week and a 4-1 showing at the Diamond Devil Invitational over the weekend.
Beginning her week at San Jose State, Armagost got her week off to a hot start as the junior led the Tigers with a 3-for-4 showing as Pacific took a 6-0 win on the road. After, grounding out in her first at bat of the day, Armagost finished the afternoon with three straight hits including grabbing a double and a RBi in her final two at bats.
With the midweek contest out of the way, Armagost and the Tigers headed to Tempe, Ariz. to take part in the Diamond Devil Invitational. However, looking to keep her hot hitting going, Armagost's tournament nearly ended before it started as the junior came down with the flu the night before the first day. Despite the illness, Armagost got the start as Pacific's designated player in the opening game of the day and proceeded to surprise everyone at the field by blasting her first home run of the season in just her second at bat. The home run was a three-run shot to center field and was just a prelude of what was to come as later that night, Armagost continued her "sick" day at the plate by going 2-for-4 against East Carolina while scoring a run and driving in another.
The next day and with the illness beginning to subside, Armagost spent the afternoon pitching the Tigers to a 7-2 win over Valparaiso before throwing down the gauntlet against the defending national champion and fifth ranked Sun Devils of Arizona State. Facing the champs, Armagost wasted little time establishing that the Sun Devils would be in for a fight as the junior blasted her second home run of the weekend over the left-center field wall to jump on Dallas Escobedo in the first inning. She would add a second hit in her next at bat as Pacific tallied 10 hits, but fell just short of victory.
Capping her big weekend, Armagost posted a 2-for-4 day against New Mexico State as she led the Tigers to a late game thrashing of the Aggies to finish the tournament. Down 2-1 in the sixth, Armagost began the Tigers' rally with a single that turned into the game-tying run. An inning later, Armagost put the game away for Pacific with her third home run of the weekend by tagging a two-run shot to dead center field to begin a seven run seventh for the Tigers' offense.
For the week, Armagost posted a .455 average as she went 10-for-22 while tallying a .909 slugging percentage after recording four extra-base hits. The junior leads the Tigers with a .377 average and 29 hits while posting 18 RBI, second most on the team. Additionally, Armagost has posted a 5-2 record in the circle in eight appearances while tallying a league-best 2.05 ERA.