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Weber State first baseman, Eagle High grad receives national softball honor

Weber State first baseman Sara Hingsberger.
Weber State first baseman Sara Hingsberger. Courtesy of Weber State

Weber State senior first baseman Sara Hingsberger caught fire at the plate in a three-game series sweep of in-state rival Southern Utah last week, garnering Week 12 USA Softball Collegiate National Player of the Week recognition.

Hingsberger, a graduate of Eagle High, hit .700 (7-for-10) at the plate with five runs scored, three RBIs and a 1.100 slugging percentage.

In the series opener, Hingsberger was 3-for-4, scoring two runs with two stolen bases. She scored the game-winning run in the eighth inning as the Wildcats earned a 3-2, walk-off win.

Hingsberger then went 2-for-3 with an RBI and one run scored in a 9-1, five-inning victory. She closed out the series with a 2-for-3 performance, two runs scored, two RBIs, a double and a home run in a 3-0 victory.

“Personally, at the plate, my approach hasn’t changed,” Hingsberger told USA Softball. “I just hit to the situation, and focus on putting a good swing on it. As a team, we are getting better and better every game we play. Our offense is hitting as a team, moving the runners and scoring them.

“We’re playing free out there, and just enjoying every second of it. We’re fighting our way through pitch-by-pitch, and focusing on the now, rather than the future.”

This is Hingsberger’s second career national player of the week honor, as she earned a Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division I National Player of the Week award as a sophomore in 2015.

“It’s a great accomplishment for Sara,” Weber State coach Mary Kay Amicone said in a release. “She is a tremendous player and person who represents us in a great way.”

Rachel Roberts: 208-377-6422, @IDS_VarsityX