Maya Brady Honored as National Player of the Week

UCLA Softball

 

February 16, 2023

UCLA redshirt junior Maya Brady has been selected as the Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division I NFCA Player of the Week for her performances at the Stacy Winsberg Memorial Tournament last week. The organization announced the honor Tuesday morning.

Brady opened her 2023 season going 13-for-16 with 13 RBI and four home runs in her first six games to help the Bruins to a 6-0 start to the year. In that stretch, Brady tied a 24-year-old UCLA record with 10 consecutive base hits after going 4-for-4 with two home runs in game one versus San Diego on Sunday and 6-for-6 in her two games on Saturday. She tied UCLA legends Lisa Fernandez (March 1993) and Stacey Nuveman (Feb. 1999).

Brady's 13 hits are tied for second most by a UCLA player through the first six games of a season. Only Kylee Perez had more with 14 in 2017. Brady is tied with Natasha Watley, who had 13 hits to open the 2003 and 2002 seasons, and Stephanie Ramos (2003) and Christie Ambrosi (1999).

After week one, Brady ranks first in the NCAA in total bases (25), is tied for first in home runs (4) and ranks second in hits (13) and RBI (13).

Game one versus San Diego on Sunday also marked the third multi-homer game of her UCLA career. Brady capped her first weekend of the season with a walk-off, 3-run home run versus San Diego in game two to give her three total home runs on the day.

Brady, who was named Pac-12 Player of the Week for the third time in her career yesterday, brings in her first national weekly honor. Brady is the 17th Bruin ever to receive NFCA National Player of the Week honors. A UCLA student-athlete has received the award a total of 26 times.

She is the first Bruin to receive the award since Aaliyah Jordan on Feb. 18, 2020.

In addition to the NFCA award, Brady was also named D1Softball and Extra Inning Softball's National Player of the Week.

 

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