3-1-2011 National Players of the Week

NATIONAL D1 HONORS

Florida’s Moultrie Named USA Softball College Player of the Week

OKLAHOMA CITY – The Amateur Softball Association (ASA) of America is pleased to announce that the University of Florida’s Michelle Moultrie (Jacksonville, Fla.) has been selected the USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Week for the Week of Feb. 21-27. Moultrie played a key role in Florida’s rise to No. 3 in the ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate Top 25 poll after hitting .588 on the weekend in one of the mostly highly competitive tournaments of the season, the Cathedral City Classic in Palm Springs, Fla. 

The junior centerfielder had the game-winning or game-tying RBI in three of Florida’s five games at the Cathedral City Classic, including a victory over then-No. 3 (tie) UCLA with a double to left field and two RBI. She also hit a double to left field against then-No. 12 Texas for two RBI in the bottom of the ninth for the win and an RBI triple against Utah.

“It’s a big honor for me to be named National Player of the Week. I just want to thank God for blessing me and our team,” said Moultrie. “It was really fun for us to be out in California playing good softball against good competition.”

Against San Diego State, she scored the game-tying run after reaching on a single. On the weekend she hit .588 (10-for-17) with three triples including a career-high two against Utah. She was a perfect 3-for-3 with two triples and a single against Utah. She posted nine RBI on the weekend, drawing three walks.

“I’m very thankful for USA Softball’s recognition of Michelle and her performance last week at the Cathedral City Classic,” Florida Head Coach Tim Walton said. “Sometimes Michelle flies under the radar, but last week, she was a huge difference-maker offensively and defensively in all five our games. Michelle is not only our lead-off batter and center fielder, but she is one of the most exciting players to watch.”

Her offensive contribution helped Florida extend its record to 5-0 against Top 25 competition and the second best start in program history at 14-0.

This is the first-time honor for Moultrie.

 

North Carolina Spignola’s Named NFCA Division I National Player of the Week
March 1, 2011

 STARKVILLE, Miss. – Freshman Lori Spignola of North Carolina has been named as the NFCA Division I National Player of the Week for games played from February 21-28, 2011.

Spignola went 4-0 on the week in four starts and five appearances for a 0.52 ERA over 27.0 innings of work.  She allowed just two earned runs, two walks and fanned 33 batters on the week, including 14 in a 7-0 win over UNC Wilmington.

However, the Atlanta, Ga., native’s biggest accomplishment of the week came during the Tar Heel’s 3-0 win over Penn State in which she recorded the first perfect game of her career in just her ninth collegiate start. For the week, Spignola limited her opponents to a paltry .138 batting average.  

On the year, Spignola is 8-3 with a 2.06 ERA and 66 strikeouts.  She currently leads the team in all major pitching categories and has recorded three shutouts.

For the week, North Carolina went 5-1 and is currently 9-5 on the year.  This week, the Tar Heels will travel to Lake Buena Vista, Fla., for five games in the 2011 Citrus Classic, including tilts with No. 13 Oregon and undefeated Notre Dame.

Other Top Performances
Texas’s Blair Luna went 3-1 with four 10+ strikeout performances… Megan Wiggins of Georgia went 7-for-15 with three home runs and 8 RBI over five games, including four Top 25 opponents… Kennesaw State’s Shannon Swanson went 6-for-15 on the week, including a game-winning grand slam against then No. 22 Georgia Tech…

2011 NFCA DI National Player of the Week

Mar. 1 – Lori Spignola – North Carolina – Fr. – P – Atlanta, Ga.

Feb. 22 – Stephanie Brombacher – Florida – Sr. – P – Pembroke Pine, Fla.

Feb. 15 – Gabrielle Bridges – La-Lafeyette – Sr. – 1B – Lafitte, La.

 

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