February 15 National Players of the week
Readers note: As it has for many years, Spy publishes the D1 polls and national players of the week on Tuesday; conference honorees are honored on Wednesday.
Louisiana-Lafayette’s Bridges Named First NFCA Division I National Player of the Week of 2011
February 15, 2011
STARKVILLE, Miss. – Senior first baseman Gabrielle Bridges of Louisiana-Lafayette has been named as the first NFCA Division I National Player of the Week of the 2011 season, the Association announced on Tuesday.
Bridges went 7-for-10 with an astounding seven homeruns over four games during the first week of play. She ended the week with a .700 batting average, a .850 on-base percentage and an unreal 2.800 slugging percentage.
The Lafitte, La. Native also scored 11 runs the week, while drawing 10 walks, driving in 17 runs and going 1-for-1 on stolen base attempts.
On Saturday against Prairie View A&M, Bridges became the fist player in program history to hit three homeruns in one game, a game in which she also went yard twice in the same inning.
The 17th-ranked Ragin’ Cajuns are off to a 5-0 start to their 2011 campaign and will resume play this weekend in the Ragin’ Cajuns Invitational at Lamson Park in Lafayette.
Other Top Performances
Florida’s Stephanie Brombacher went 3-0 on the week with 19 strikeouts and a perfect game… Nikki Williams of Washington went 9-for-11 on the week as the Huskies got off to a 5-0 start… Long Beach State’s Erin Jones-Wesley pitched back-to-back complete game shutouts to begin her collegiate career … Jessica Shults of Oklahoma hit four homeruns, four doubles and drove in 15 runs over a 5-1 week including a win over then No. 2Arizona… Arizona State’s Dallas Escobedo kick-started her collegiate campaign by going 4-0 with 28 strikeouts including wins over then No. 9 Oklahoma and No. 23 Oklahoma St.
2011 Louisville Slugger/NFCA DI National Player of the Week
Feb. 15 – Gabrielle Bridges – La-Lafeyette – Sr. – 1B – Lafitte, La.
Arizona State’s Dallas Escobedo named USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Week
OKLAHOMA CITY – The Amateur Softball Association (ASA) of America has announced its initial selection of the 2011 softball season for the USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Week in Arizona State’s Dallas Escobedo (Phoenix, Ariz.). The freshman pitcher made an outstanding collegiate debut with a 4-0 record including two wins over ranked opponents at the Kajikawa Classic in Tempe, Ariz.
“It’s an amazing honor to be named USA Softball Player of the Week in just my first week as a Sun Devil, though overall it was really great to see my team out there getting things done on the field and at the plate,” Escobedo said. “We have a long season ahead of us and I need to continue to stay focused and do my thing as we make each step towards all of our goals for this season.”
Escobedo opened up play with two wins against Western Michigan and Cal Poly. When Cal Poly tied up the score in the top of the seventh, Escobedo came in for the final out of the seventh and then kept runs off the board in the eighth to help secure a 6-5 victory.
“This is a huge honor for Dallas and for any player, regardless of what year they are in their career, and she is deserving of the honor after the performances she put in last weekend,” ASU’s Head Coach Clint Myers said. “She’s a competitor through and through and knows that there is still a lot of work on her and everyone’s end as well to bring ASU towards the fulfillment of the goals we have set this season. If last weekend is any indicator, she seems primed to help round out an amazing pitching staff and she isn’t going to rest until those goals have been achieved.”
Escobedo’s best performance came against ranked opponents then-No. 22 Oklahoma State and then-No.6 Oklahoma. She recorded 11 strikeouts against both teams, shutting out Oklahoma State 1-0, on a two-hit performance. She allowed six hits and three runs against Oklahoma for her fourth win and second complete game. On the week she worked 18.1 innings, allowing opponents a .143 batting average.
The Sun Devils are currently ranked No. 9 in the ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate Top 25 poll, also released today by the ASA.