Portland State’s Kiauna Anderson received Western Athletic Conference Player of the Week honors after leading the softball team to five wins in their first homestand.
Anderson batted .417 (10-for-24) with three home runs, two doubles and six RBI in seven games. She also stole two bases, walked twice and scored six runs as PSU went 5-2 on the week.
But it was Anderson’s timing – two of her homers came in Portland State’s final at-bat to win games – that earned her the WAC award.
On April 3 against the University of Oregon, Anderson hit a two-run shot to give the Vikings a 4-2 win, and on April 8 against Western Oregon, she hit a solo home run on the first pitch in the bottom of the seventh to bail her team out, 4-3. She also had a home run and three RBI in the second game of a doubleheader with the Ducks to help PSU to its first two-game sweep of Oregon in a decade.
Anderson, senior left fielder from Grant High School, currently leads the conference with 11 doubles and ranks fourth in batting average at .339. She ranks in the all-time top-10 in eight different categories at PSU.
The Vikings (15-19, 1-2 WAC) have come back after a slow start, winning 13 of their last 20 games. Up next, PSU will be returning home to Erv Lind Stadium for doubleheaders against Oregon State and San Jose State on Thursday and Saturday, respectively. Game one with the Beavers starts at 4:00 p.m.