Washington University Has Five Named UAA Athlete of the Week
St. Louis, Mo., May 14, 2013 – Washington University in St. Louis had five student-athletes earn University Athletic Association (UAA) Athlete of the Week honors, as announced Tuesday by the conference office.
Senior Anne Diaz-Arrastia, Dallas of the women’s outdoor track and field team, freshman Brooke Hofer of the softball team, sophomores Zack Kessinger and Dom Quaranta of the baseball team and senior Gary Parizher of the No. 10 ranked men’s tennis team each earned the accolade.
Diaz-Arrastia, the UAA Field Athlete of the Week, broke the school record in the long jump with a mark of 5.76m to win the event at the Dr. Keeler Invitational Saturday in Naperville, Ill. The mark was 11 centimeters better than her previous career best, and ranks seventh in NCAA Division III this season. Diaz-Arrastia also finished second in the triple jump with a leap of 11.35m.
Hofer, the UAA Softball Pitcher of the Week, was named to the Pella Regional All-Tournament Team after posting a 1-1 record with a 1.38 earned run average in 20 1/3 innings pitched. She tossed 5 2/3 innings in relief allowing three hits and one earned run in the Bears’ 7-6 10-inning win over No. 12 Coe College in the NCAA First Round Thursday. Hofer followed that up with 5 2/3 scoreless innings in a 5-0 loss to No. 8 St. Thomas Friday, and took the loss in a 3-2 nine-inning defeat to Augustana Saturday. She tossed the first complete game of her career against Augustana allowing 11 hits and three earned runs.
Kessinger, the UAA Baseball Hitter of the Week, extended his hitting streak to 18 games with hits in each of Washington U.'s doubleheader wins over Chicago Saturday. He went 4-for-5 with five RBIs to lead the Bears to a 13-2 game-one win. Kessinger batted .556 with a .778 slugging percentage and a .500 on-base percentage in the doubleheader sweep.
Parizher posted a perfect 4-0 record as the Bears captured the Central Region Championship for the seventh-straight season. He teamed with junior Jeffrey Hirsch for a pair of victories at No. 3 doubles, and then posted two straight-set wins at No. 5 singles. Parizher's singles victory Sunday over Coe was his 14th-straight win and 79th victory of his career, sixth most in school history.
Quaranta, the UAA Baseball Pitcher of the Week, improved to 7-0 on the season with a win on the mound Saturday over Chicago. He allowed just two earned runs and five hits against the Maroons, who entered the week ranked fifth in NCAA Division III in batting average (.348) and 11th in scoring (8.3 runs per game).