Long Beach State infielder Nalani St. Germain hit .471 and led the 49ers to a 3-2 record at the prestigious Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic, garnering Big West Softball Field Player of the Week acclaim, the conference announced on Monday.

St. Germain tallied multiple hits three times during the tournament, and hit 6-for-10 (.600) in the final three contests that all resulted in 49er wins. In addition to recording eight hits, St. Germain walked twice as she recorded a .526 on base percentage.

The 5-9 infielder laced a pair of singles in a 2-for-4 performance in a 3-1 win versus Oklahoma State. In a 7-2 triumph against UNLV, St. Germain went 3-for-3 with a double, triple and two runs scored. She concluded the tournament with a 1-for-3 effort as the 49ers piled on six runs in the seventh inning to spark a comeback from a 6-1 deficit. St. Germain singled in that big inning to set up a walk-off grand slam from Ashley Holmes.

St. Germain also had a multiple-hit effort against No. 14 Arizona, going 2-for-4 with a run scored in a 4-3 loss to the Wildcats.

Others nominated: Desiree Ybarra (Cal State Fullerton); JJ Wagoner (UC Davis); Dionne Anderson (UC Riverside); Melanie Habib (Pacific)

JJ has covered Long Beach sports for more than a decade. He's written for multiple newspapers in Southern California, produced professional event videos and won numerous awards for his writing and community service.

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