NATIONAL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
February 11 2014
Washington’s Kylee Lahners earns USA Softball Collegiate National Player of the Week accolades
OKLAHOMA CITY — Three home runs and 13 RBI propelled Washington junior Kylee Lahners (Laguna Hills, Calif.) to this week’s USA Softball Collegiate National Player of the Week the Amateur Softball Association (ASA) of America and USA Softball announced today. The infielder led her team to a 5-0 record and a championship finish at the UNLV/Sportco Kick-Off Classic over the weekend. The tournament win shot Washington up from No. 5 to No. 3 in this week’s ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate Top 25 poll. This is the first USA Softball Player of the Week award for Lahners and the first for a Husky since Kaitlin Inglesby garnered the award in week six of the 2012 season.
“It is definitely an honor to be recognized by USA Softball,” said Lahners. “It’s nice to have the weekend I did, but I was just out there playing the sport I love with my teammates, and things took care of themselves. The hard work and the focus I put in during the fall and practices and extra work paid off. I was just excited to start the season, and it’s great to start 5-0 with my teammates.”
Lahners, who entered her junior season with 21 career home runs, went yard with three-run homers in each of Washington’s first three games of the 2014 campaign. Opening the season with then-No. 16 Baylor, the California native drove in four runs to help her team to a 7-4 win. In game two of the early Washington season, Lahners picked up her second three-run homer of the year which proved to be the difference as Washington defeated San Diego 3-0.
Kylee made it a hat trick on Saturday when she belted her third three-run homer in as many games to give Washington an early 3-0 lead over Arkansas. The Pac-12 squad held on to win 6-1.
“Kylee had a great weekend for us,” said Washington Head Coach Heather Tarr. “She came up with some big hits in key moments. She has worked really hard this year, and we are excited to see her continue to make a huge impact. Around the country, there were a lot of great performances by other athletes. When your team performs well, it gives your players a chance to be recognized by USA Softball. We are grateful to be honored for our performance last weekend.”
Lahners finished the week 6-of-15 from the plate for a .400 batting average, .500 on-base percentage and 1.067 slugging percentage. She totaled four runs and 13 RBI to go along with her three home runs.
The Huskies will next compete in the Littlewood Classic in Tempe, Ariz.. February 14-16 where they’ll face No. 7 Oklahoma as well as Illinois State, San Jose State, Delaware State and Michigan State.
2014 USA Softball National Collegiate Players of the Week
Week 1 (Feb. 6-19): Kylee Lahners – Washington – Junior – Infielder– Laguna Hills, Calif.
Kentucky’s Joiner Nabs First Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division I National Player of the Week Honor of 2014
February 11, 2014
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Junior catcher Griffin Joiner of the University of Kentucky has been selected as the initial Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division I National Player of the Week of the 2014 season for games played over February 7-9.
Joiner helped the Wildcats to the first 5-0 start in program history, as well as to the highest-profile victory of opening weekend as UK defeated defending national champion and then-No. 2 Oklahoma out at the Mizuno Invitational in Long Beach, Calif., 5-4 (10 inn.), by hitting an impressive .667 (10-for-15) at the plate with two doubles, three HR’s and nine RBIs. The Hopkinsville, Ky., native hit safely in all five match-ups and recorded an extra-base hit in three of those contests. The reigning Southeastern Conference Player of the Week tied the school record for HR’s in a single game by blasting two, to go along with three RBIs, during a 6-0 win over Santa Clara and equaled her personal best for hits in a single game via a 4-for-4 effort with a double, a grand slam and five RBIs in a 7-1 triumph over Loyola Marymount.
Next up the Wildcats face another challenging trip by visiting Austin, Texas, for the Texas Classic over Feb. 14-16. During their stay in the “Lone Star State,” UK will battle Louisiana Tech, IPFW and the host No. 15 Texas.
Selected Top Performances
Washington’s Kylee Lahners hit .400 (6-for-15) with a double, three HR’s (three three-run blasts) and 13 RBIs while slugging 1.067 for the Huskies at the UNLV/Sportco Kickoff Classic in Las Vegas, Nev….Arizona State’s Cheyenne Coyle batted .562 (9-for-16) with three doubles, three HR’s and 11 RBIs at the Kajikawa Classic in Tempe, Ariz….Nicole Morgan of Texas A&M blasted two grand slams in a single game against Bakersfield as part of a .471 (8-for-17) weekend with three HR’s and 14 RBIs at the Gaucho Classic in Santa Barbara, Calif.…Freshman Kylie Padilla of Oregon State hit for the first cycle in Beaver history as part of a .476 (10-for-21) effort with three doubles, two triples, a HR and 10 RBIs at the Kajikawa Classic…Cal State Fullerton’s Missy Taukeiaho batted .615 (8-for-13) with two HR’s, including a two-run shot in a 3-1 upset of No. 2 Oklahoma, and 10 RBIs at the Easton Tournament in Fullerton, Calif….Florida’s Lauren Haeger earned SEC Pitcher of the Week accolades after going 2-0 with a 1.08 ERA while also tossing her first career no-hitter during a 5-1 triumph over Wisconsin at the USF Wilson-DeMarini Tournament in Tampa, Fla.…San Jose State’s Allison Lang posted a 4-0 pitching record with a 0.84 ERA and 11K’s while also earning a save at the Kajikawa Classic to reap Mountain West Pitcher of the Week accolades…Florida State’s Maddie O’Brien batted .500 (8-for-16) with six runs scored, four HR’s and 12 RBIs at the Hotel Encanto Invitational in Las Cruces, N.M., to earn Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Week…USC Upstate’s Hannah Alexander earned Atlantic Sun Co-Pitcher of the Week honors after posting a 3-0 record to go along with a 0.00 ERA, 16 K’s and a perfect game in a win over Virginia…Stephanie Texeira of FIU hit .714 (10-for-14) with four doubles and five RBIs in her collegiate debut…Savannah Jo Dorsey of Ohio U. was 3-0, including a win over South Carolina that marked the Bobcats’ first W over an SEC team since 1998, with a save while striking out 28 over 19 innings of work at the Carolina Classic…Elon’s Emily Cameron batted .545 (6-for-11) with four HR’s and 10 RBIs at the Charleston Southern Tournament…Alabama’s Haylie McCleney hit .571 (8-for-14) with two doubles, a triple, a HR, eight runs scored, five stolen bases and eight RBIs at the Troy Subway Invitational…Arizona’s Kellie Fox batted .556 (5-for-9) with a three-bagger, a HR and 10 RBIs in a three-game sweep of Southern Miss.
2014 Louisville Slugger Division I National Player of the Week
Feb. 11 – Griffin Joiner – Kentucky – Jr. – C – Hopkinsville, Ky.