In Salt Lake City, Utah junior Julia Jimenez (2018) was named the PAC-12 Player of the Week for her performance against third-place Washington over the weekend. The Utes power-hitting third baseman went 5 for 10 (.500) with one homerun and three RBI as Utah (26-25. 8-13 PAC-12) took two out of the three games from the visiting Huskies. For the season Julia is batting an extremely solid .335 with 10 homeruns, 50 RBI, 17 walks, 10 doubles, one triple and 26 runs scored for the Utes. Don’t forget about the leather in the field either. Playing the hot-corner Jimenez has 54 putouts and 96 assists in 157 total chances for a fielding percentage of .955 on the season.
Firecrackers Softball: Congratulations on being named the PAC-12 Player of the Week. How fun was that? Can you explain the feeling and what it means to you?
Julia Jimenez: Being named the PAC-12 Player of the Week was a great feeling. My coach (Amy Hogue) called me and couldn’t wait to tell me. I have been working hard all year to even be noticed by this conference since I transferred from the BIG 1O (Michigan). It was a big blessing, especially playing on Mothers Day Weekend for my mom.
Firecrackers Softball: The PAC-12 season can be a grind. What keeps you motivated day in out day out?
Julia Jimenez: The Pac is a definitely a grind, but the thing that keeps me motivated is my teammates and the beautiful city that I live in. School and softball can be stressful at times but knowing that I can explore beautiful Salt Lake City after practice or on an off day is what I love the most. There are so many great things to do and see here it never gets old.
Firecrackers Softball: Looking towards next season. How important is it for the team to build off the success against Washington and finish strong this weekend at Oregon State?
Julia Jimenez: This coming weekend is very important for my team. We need to go out and compete at our highest level if we want to play in the post-season and have a strong finish. Our strong weekend against Washington gave us more confidence to go out and just compete. Everyone will see Utah in the post-season and we are determined to go a long way.