3-29-2011 National Players of the Week

NATIONAL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

March 29 2011

 

Perfect Week Nets Loyola Chicago’s Grim NFCA Division I National Player of the Week Honors
March 29, 2011

STARKVILLE, Miss. – Senior Jacqueline Grim of Loyola Chicago has been named as the NFCA Division I National Player of the Week for games played March 21-27, 2011.

Grim achieved perfection at the plate last week by going 5-for-5 with five walks, two home runs, a double, five runs and four RBI.  By reaching base in every plate appearance during the Ramblers’ three-game sweep of Youngstown State not only did Grim achieve the rare 1.000 batting average, but also the even rarer 1.000 on-base percentage.  To finish off her unbelievable week, her three extra-base hits gave her a slugging percentage of 2.400.

The Beecher, Ill., native was also perfect as a position player last week by not committing a single error in 18 chances at first base.  Grim began the week by bookending a pair of RBIs in Loyola’s 4-2 Horizon League-opening win over the Penguins and went on to drive in the Ramblers’ opening run in each of the next two contests.      

The senior currently leads her team with a .364 batting average and four homeruns.  Loyola Chicago is currently 11-9 on the season and 3-0 in the Horizon League.  This week, the Ramblers will step away from Horizon play to take on a pair of Big 10 opponents.  On Thursday, Loyola will head north for a doubleheader with Wisconsin before traveling across town on Saturday for a doubleheader with Northwestern.

Other Top Performances
Georgia’s Brianna Hesson hit .500 on the week including six hits and a pair of home runs in a three-game SEC sweep of then No. 2 Florida… Alex Lagesse of Valparaiso went 3-0 on the week including recording the first perfect game of her career in a five-inning win over Detroit… Binghamton’s Jessica Phillips was 8-for-9 last week with 11 RBIs and four home runs in an America East sweep of Hartford … Cory Berliner of Pittsburgh tossed the first no-hitter of her career and used two wins to tie the school record for career pitching wins with 44…

NFCA DI National Player of the Week

Mar. 29 – Jacqueline Grim – Loyola (IL) – Sr. – 1B – Beecher, Ill.
Mar. 22 – Blaire Luna – Texas – So. – P – Austin, Texas
Mar. 15 – Kelly Hmiel – Pittsburgh – Jr. – 3B – York, Pa.

Mar. 8 – Chelsea Thomas – Missouri – So. – P – Pleasantville, Iowa

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-Lafayette – Sr. – 1B – Lafitte, La.

Georgia’s Hesson Named USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Week

OKLAHOMA CITY – The Amateur Softball Association (ASA) of America and USA Softball announced today the selection of Georgia’s Brianna Hesson (Sugar Hill, Ga.) as the USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Week for the week of March 21-27. Hesson helped lead then-No.4 Georgia to a three-game sweep over then-No.2 Florida, marking the first sweep of  the Gators in Gainesville since 2006, while hitting .452 during the series.

The senior outfielder hit .500 on the week with a team best six runs scored, 10 RBI and five extra-base hits including tying for the team lead with three home runs. Eight of her RBI came against ranked Florida while the other two came in the victory over USC Upstate.
“Obviously, this is a big honor. It’s kind of overwhelming to hear the news. I’m more in shock right now than anything,” Hesson said. “The last couple of weekends I wasn’t staying the process of the game, and I was more worried about the outcome rather than pitch-to-pitch. Staying the process this week helped me have the performance that I did not only at the plate but defensively as well.

“Our whole team did outstanding this week. Morgan Montemayor put on a show, especially with a three-hitter in our third game at Florida. We went out Tuesday for practice and Coach (Lu) Harris-Champer gave us the insight to not only build from the previous weekend at Alabama but to also continue to fight and get one-percent better as a team, and that showed this past weekend. You can’t say enough about our defense that we kept battling and doing the little things that we need to do.”

In the opening game against Florida, Hesson drove in Georgia’s first run on a two-out single, and in the seventh, Hesson hit a two-out, three-run home run that proved to be the difference in the 10-7 victory. She followed that performance with another two-out, three-run home run in the fourth to help Georgia rout Florida, 13-5, in Game 2. Hesson helped Georgia clinch the third game win, going 2-for-3 with one RBI.
 “It’s a great honor for Bri to be named USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Week. I’m extremely proud of Bri. She is one of those players that works extremely hard and is always in it for her team,” said Georgia Head Coach Lu Harris-Champer. “She’s always puts her team first and is a selfless-hardworking player. I’m super excited for her success and this recognition for her.”

With the sweep, Georgia (27-4, 8-3 SEC) improved to No. 2 in the ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate Top 25 poll released earlier today by ASA.

This is the first-time honor for Hesson.

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