NATIONAL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
February 18 2014
Washington’s Walker Reaps Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division I National Player of the Week Accolades
February 18, 2014
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Senior pitcher Bryana Walker of the University of Washington has been chosen as the Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division I National Player of the Week for games played over February 10-16.
“It’s a huge honor to be recognized by the NFCA,” Walker said. “Our team had a great performance this week. To be recognized is just a testament to how well the team did. We come to compete every day. It’s a testament to how strong we are as a team and how strong we can be if we keep working hard.
“Our offensive production allowed us to have a great weekend. It gave me the confidence to attack the strike zone and to pitch fearlessly. It allowed me to be relaxed and confident while I was throwing.”
Walker guided the Huskies’ efforts from the circle, posting a perfect 4-0 record with a 0.33 ERA, three complete games and 30 strikeouts over 21 innings of work. Among her impressive performances was a career-high, 14-K effort while allowing just three hits during a 3-1 victory over then-No. 11 and defending national champion Oklahoma. The La Quinta, Calif., native also fired a complete-game, two-hitter in an 18-1 (5 inn.) victory over San Jose State (received votes in the Feb. 11 NFCA poll) and came within one out of a no-hitter during a 17-0 (5 inn.) rout of SIU-Edwardsville.
“It’s an honor to have our student athletes and our program recognized by the NFCA,” Washington head coach Heather Tarr said. “Bryana and our pitching staff put together some dominant performances for us this weekend. The cool thing is we are still growing as a team. We are proud to be off to a good start, but we are even more excited about what’s next.”
Next up for Walker and the Huskies is a visit to Palm Springs, Calif., for the prestigious Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic. During its stay, UW will battle Maryland, No. 23 LSU, No. 25 Texas, Northwestern and BY
Selected Top Performances
Oregon’s Cheridan Hawkins broke the school record with 18 K’s during a 10-inning win over UNLV and fired her third career no-hitter in a victory over Ohio State…Lipscomb’s Tanner Sanders, the Atlantic Sun Player of the Week, was 3-0 with a 0.00 ERA and a pair of shutouts, including wins over UAB and then-No. 16 Baylor at the Getterman Classic in Waco, Texas…. Michigan’s Sierra Romero hit .600 (9-for-15) with six runs scored and eight RBIs to go along with three multi-hit games at the Ragin’ Cajun Invitational on her way to Big Ten Player of the Week honors…IPFW’s Larissa Franklin hit .583 (7-for-12) with seven runs scored and two RBIs while helping the Mastodons to an upset of #15 Texas, the first win over a ranked team in school history…Nevada’s Amanda Weis, the Mountain West Player of the Week, batted 500 (8-for-16) with five HR’s and 13 RBIs in a 4-1 weekend at the Easton Desert Classic in Las Vegas, Nev….Conference USA Player of the Week North Texas’ Brooke Foster posted a 588 mark (10-17) while helping her squad to a 5-0 mark at the Lovelace Invitational…Ohio U. pitcher Savannah Jo Dorsey, the MAC Pitcher of the Week, was 4-0 with a 0.00 ERA and 13 K’s over 16 innings of work and also fired her first career no-hitter during a win over North Florida…Florida’s Lauren Haeger hit .533 with four HR’s and eight RBIs while also firing a complete game in a win over Seattle to earn SEC Player of the Week…Auburn’s Morgan Estell batted .429 (6-for-14) with four doubles, a HR and 10 RBIs…Coastal Carolina’s Kory Hayden, the Big South Player of the Week, batted .385 with three HR’s and nine RBIs…Missouri State’s Bethany Sullinger, the MVC Player of the Week, hit safely in all five games and .625 overall (10-for-16) for the Bears during a 5-0 week…Northern Iowa’s Jamie Fisher fired her first career perfect game against Southern to help earn her MVC Pitcher of the Week…Notre Dame’s Karley Wester, the ACC Player of the Week, hit .556 with seven RBIs in wins over then-No. 25 Louisville (two) and Jacksonville…Tulsa’s Aimee Creger, the Conference USA Pitcher of the Week, went 3-0 with a 1.11 ERA and 40 strikeouts over 19 innings while picking up a win over then-No. 8 Texas A&M…Tennessee’s Annie Aldrete hit .615 with four doubles, a HR and eight RBIs at the USF Tournament in Tampa, Fla….Arizona’s Shelby Babcock posted a 2-0 record with a 0.00 ERA and 13 K’s in nine innings while also tossing a two-hit shutout over then-No. 4 Alabama…Rutgers’ Loren Williams batted .684 (13-of-19) with five runs, two doubles, a HR and four RBIs while registering at least two hits in each of five weekend match-ups…OVC Player of the Week, Jacksonville State’s Kalee Tabor, hit .615 with three HR’s and eight RBIs at the Charleston Southern Tournament.
Tulsa’s Creger strikes out 40 to earn USA Softball Collegiate National Player of the Week honors
OKLAHOMA CITY — A perfect 3-0 record with a 1.11 ERA and 40 strikeouts in 19.0 innings at the Aggie Classic in College Station, Texas over the weekend earned Tulsa senior starting pitcher Aimee Creger (Yukon, Okla.) this weeks USA Softball Collegiate National Player of the Week honors the Amateur Softball Association (ASA) of America and USA Softball announced today. The right hander helped her team improve to 9-1 on the season and move into the ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate Top 25 for the first time since Week 13 of last season.
“It’s very exciting to me,” said Creger, referring to being named USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Week. “It gives me the determination to continue to do really well this season, so I can play with the (USA Softball Women’s National) team again this summer. I definitely could not do as well as I have been without my team, because they’ve been hitting well and playing great defense behind me. I have all the confidence in them, and they’re part of the reason why I’ve done so well.”
Creger began her week by striking out 14 batters in a six inning complete-game, allowing just two hits in a 9-1 Tulsa win over the Pac-12’s Oregon State. In a rematch between the two teams on Saturday, the Oklahoma native improved on her performance from the previous day by striking out 15 Oregon State batters in a two-hit shutout. Creger allowed just one walk in the contest as Tulsa went on to a 4-0 victory.
Her biggest test of the weekend came on Sunday when Creger and the Golden Hurricane took the field versus then-No. 11 Texas A&M. Aimee struck out 11 Aggie batters and allowed just two runs on four hits in six innings of work as she lead Tulsa to the 5-2 upset.
“I’m very proud of Aimee for getting this award. She has been spectacular in her career here at Tulsa,” said Tulsa Head Coach John Bargfeldt. “In her first two games last weekend, she was as dominant as I’ve seen her. To throw basically two complete games and then come out and still be sharp and have that much left in the tank – obviously the adrenaline gets going when you’re playing a good ranked team like Texas A&M. She was fired up and ready to go. She showed a lot of heart and guts to fight through. She definitely deserves all the accolades that come her way.”
For the week, Creger allowed just three runs on eight hits with eight walks and a .125 opponent batting average while averaging 2.1 strikeouts per inning. In addition to being named the USA Softball Collegiate National Player of the Week, the senior earned her second consecutive Conference-USA Pitcher of the Week award. This is the first USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Week honor for a Golden Hurricane since Jackie Lawrence earned the award in Week 9 of the 2007 season. The Golden Hurricane return to action this weekend, Feb. 21-23, at the Georgia Tech/Kennesaw State Crossover Tournament.
2014 USA Softball National Collegiate Players of the Week
Week 1 (Feb. 6-9): Kylee Lahners – Washington – Junior – Infielder– Laguna Hills, Calif.
Week 2 (Feb. 10 -16): Aimee Creger – Tulsa – Senior – Pitcher– Yukon, Okla.