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Urfer, Torrez named ASU Athletes of the Week


May 07, 2010

Softball player Mandy Urfer has been named ASU's Female Athlete of the Week for the week ending May 8th. Urfer has continued to rack up hits, as she batted .500 on the weekend, while also hitting a home run. For the season, Mandy Urfer is batting .379 which is good for second on the team behind infielder Katelyn Boyd. Her strong performance allowed the Sun Devils to record a series victory over the No. 14 Stanford Cardinal and they now sit at 39-11 and 8-7 in Pac-10 play. The Sun Devils continue their Pac-10 season as they hit the road again to face the Oregon State Beavers this weekend in Corvallis, beginning on Friday at 3 p.m. PT.

Mandy Urfer hit .500 over the weekend with two runs scored, two RBIs and a home run for a 1.000 slugging percentage. Her work at the plate was integral to ASU's series win over No. 14 Stanford over the weekend as well as her defensive handiwork keeping the Cardinal offense at bay. Only able to play two games due to strep throat, Mandy made the most of it, with her clutch hitting proving to be a huge benefit for the Sun Devils.

Baseball player Riccio Torrez has been named ASU's Male Athlete of the Week for the week ending May 8th. Torrez is continuing his stellar sophomore campaign by raising his average to .378, while hitting 7 home runs and driving in 40 runs. Torrez continues to be a force in the middle of the line-up as the Sun Devils have been tearing the cover off the ball during their seven game win streak. His strong performance, which included five extra-base hits on the week, this season has the Sun Devils at 39-5 and first place in the Pac-10 (14-4). The Sun Devils now have the rest of the week off and then will return to action on May 10, when they begin a two-game series with BYU. First pitch for both games is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. at Winkles Field-Packard Stadium at Brock Ballpark.

Riccio Torrez was torrid all week, helping lead Arizona State to a 5-0 record, including a sweep of then fourth-ranked UCLA at Jackie Robinson Stadium in Los Angeles. Torrez went 13-24 (.542) with four doubles, a homer and eight RBI. He also drew two walks, scored eight runs and stole two bases. In addition to playing stellar defense at first base, Riccio also took home the Pac-10 Player of the Week Award.