Kaitlyn Washington's two-run single was the key blow for Texas. [JAMIE HARMS / FOR STATESMAN]

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Three home runs power Texas’ Kaitlyn Washington past the field as Big 12 hands out weekly awards

Posted April 2nd, 2018

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After swinging a big bat, Texas sophomore Kaitlyn Washington has earned a big award.

On Monday, Washington was named the Big 12’s Player of the Week for the second time in her career. UT’s left fielder was recognized one week after teammate Brooke Bolinger was named the conference’s top pitcher.

During a three-game series at Iowa State, Washington went 5-for-10 with three home runs and seven RBIs. Two of Washington’s long shots — one of which was a grand slam — were hammered during an 11-4 win on Saturday. She became the first Longhorn with a multi-homer game since Lindsey Stephens in 2016.

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With its sweep of Iowa State, Texas improved to 6-0 in Big 12 play.

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Washington is hitting .342 this season, and she has reached base in seven straight games. That batting average ranks second among the Longhorns.

Texas (19-13) will play five times this week. After traveling to Houston on Tuesday, UT will host UT-San Antonio on Wednesday and Samford over the weekend.

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