HAWKINS AND WALDROP NATIONAL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Oregon pitcher Cheridan Hawkins earns USA Softball National Collegiate Player of the Week honors
OKLAHOMA CITY — The Oregon Ducks improved their record to 18-2 over the weekend at the Diamond 9 Citrus Classic in Orlando, Fla. thanks in part to pitcher Cheridan Hawkins (Anderson, Calif.). The sophomore pitched the Ducks to three shutout wins and entered in relief to take No. 1 Florida to eight innings before falling 2-1. Through 24 innings in the circle, Hawkins gave up just one run (unearned) and struck out 49 batters, averaging just over two Ks per inning. For her efforts, Hawkins has been named the USA Softball Collegiate National Player of the Week the Amateur Softball Association (ASA) of America and USA Softball announced today.
“This is a great honor for not only Cheridan but for the Oregon softball program,” said head coach Mike White. “I know she will be the first to credit others on her team – she is that type of person and teammate. A true competitor who settles for nothing less than her best effort every time she toes the rubber.”
Hawkins was 3-1 on the week with a perfect 0.00 ERA, 49 strikeouts and just five walks in 24 total innings in the circle helping the Ducks move up from No. 6 to No. 5 in this weeks ESPN.com/USA Softball College Top 25 poll. On Friday, facing an Auburn squad with just two losses on the season, Hawkins struck out 12 batters and allowed just three hits to shut out a Southeastern Conference (SEC) team that was averaging nine runs per game. Friday evening, with the Ducks clinging to a 1-1 tie with the No. 1 Florida Gators, Hawkins was called on to pitch three innings of relief. The Sophomore rang up five of the first six batters she faced before allowing the game-winning run in the eighth.
On Saturday in her second start of the week, Hawkins went the distance, tossing seven scoreless innings, scattering three hits with 16 strike outs in the 2-0 Oregon win. It was the fifth shutout for Hawkins and the seventh complete game of the year for the lefty. Hawkins rung up 16 batters for the second time in as many days on Sunday as Oregon defeated Illinois State 2-0 to close out the Diamond 9 Citrus Classic.
With the three wins, Cheridan improved her yearly record to 10-2 and now holds a 1.00 ERA with eight complete games and six shutouts. This is the first USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Week honor for Hawkins and the first for an Oregon Duck since Jessica Moore earned the award in Week 13 of the 2013 season. The Ducks return to action this week, March 12-15, at the Rainbow Wahine Classic in Honolulu, Hawaii.
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. Week 3 (Feb. 17-23): Ally Carda – UCLA – Junior – Pitcher – Elk Grove, Calif. Week 4 (Feb. 24 – March 2): Cheridan Hawkins – Oregon – Sophomore – Anderson, Calif.
Florida State’s Waldrop Named Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division I National Player of the Week March 4, 2014
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Junior pitcher Lacey Waldrop of Florida State University has been selected as the Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division I National Player of the Week for games played from February 24 through March 2.
“I’m really excited to get the award,” Waldrop said. “I could not have this kind of success without the support of my teammates. They make some great defensive plays behind me and are always scoring a bunch of runs. That allows me to be calmer in the circle so I don’t have to worry about the pressure situations. Knowing that they will always have my back really helps me with my confidence.”
Waldrop, the Atlantic Coast’s Conference’s reigning pitcher of the week, tallied a 3-1 record with a 0.64 ERA and 29 strikeouts over 22 innings of work while guiding the ninth-ranked Seminoles to a pair of road wins over ranked Southeastern Conference squads. The junior hurler got her efforts started on Wed., Feb. 26, at then-No. 25 Auburn as the Chester, Va., native allowed one earned run and K’ed eight over seven frames as FSU prevailed, 5-4. On Saturday after striking out 10 and scattering five hits during a 7-1 victory over Houston at the Easton Crimson Classic in Tuscaloosa, Ala., Waldrop suffered a tough defeat to No. 11 Alabama, permitting just a single tally and striking out nine in a razor-thin, 1-0 loss. She rebounded from that effort, however, gaining revenge over UA on Sunday in front of 2,822 fans at Rhoads Stadium by twirling four shutout innings with two K’s as Florida State topped the Crimson Tide, 5-1.
“I am extremely excited for Lacey and all that’s she’s worked for,” Florida State head coach Lonni Alameda said. “From the end of the season last year through this past fall her vision has been to be a big time contributor and lead this team. We are all about the big picture of the team, but to be nationally recognized for her individual efforts is a great honor, and we are very proud of her.”
Overall for the 2014 campaign, Waldrop owns a 10-2 record with a miniscule 0.59 ERA, seven complete games and 86 strikeouts over a team-leading 71 innings. Next up for Waldrop and the Seminoles is the start of ACC play as FSU ventures to Charlottesville, Va., to face Virginia in a three-game set over March 8-9.
Selected Top Performances
Florida’s Lauren Haeger earned SEC Player of the Week honors after batting .412 (7-for-17) with seven runs scored, four HR’s and 11 RBIs at the Diamond 9 Citrus Classic in Orlando, Fla.…South Alabama’s Farish Beard reaped Sun Belt Pitcher of the Week accolades after posting a 3-0 mark with a 0.00 ERA and 36 strikeouts over 18 innings while also tossing her second career no-hitter during a 15-strikeout effort against UTSA…Charlotte’s Jessica Plemmons hit .650 (13-for-20) with four doubles, two HR’s and 13 RBIs to earn Conference USA Player of the Week…Alabama’s Kaila Hunt batted .500 (7-for-14), blasted two HR’s and drove in four, but also walked eight times as she reached base successfully in 15 of her 22 total plate appearances to earn Easton Crimson Classic All-Tournament Team honors…Missouri’s Taylor Gadbois batted .556 (10-for-18) with five stolen bases and also plated the winning tally to finish off a two-out, six-run seventh inning rally past Illinois State…Summit League Player of the Week Dani Pugh of IPFW batted .467 (7-for-15) with five extra-base hits, including three HR’s, and 14 RBIs to lead her team to a 5-0 record and the Mercer Bear Classic title…New Mexico State’s Staci Rodriguez, the WAC Player of the Week, batted .700 with five HR’s, 10 RBIs and a staggering 2.200 slugging percentage at the Eller Media Stadium Classic in Las Vegas, Nev….N.C. State’s Renada Davis, the ACC Player of the Week, hit at a .462 clip with three HR’s and seven RBIs…Eastern Illinois pitcher Hanna Mennenga was 4-0 from the circle with 40 strikeouts and permitted just a .135 opponent batting average over 28 innings of work at the CSU Tournament on her way to being chosen as the OVC Pitcher of the Week…DePaul’s Mary Connolly, the BIG EAST Player of the Week, batted .875 (7-for-8) at the Eller Media Stadium Classic with three doubles, a triple, a HR and seven RBIs…Georgetown’s Megan Hyson, the BIG EAST Pitcher of the Week, was 3-0 with a pair of two hit shutouts and a no-hitter (over Stony Brook) while striking out 16 over 19 frames at the 49er Invitational in Charlotte, N.C….Georgia State’s Taylor Anderson hit .474 (9-for-19) with a double, two HR’s and six RBIs to reap Sun Belt Player of the Week accolades…Big Ten Player of the Week Tatum Edwards of Nebraska batted .500 (6-foe-12) with a double, a grand slam HR and seven RBIs at “The Preview”…Tulsa’s Aimee Creger was named Conference USA Pitcher of the Week after tossing her fifth career no-hitter in a 3-0 win over Creighton…USF’s Sara Nevins, the American Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Week, registered a 3-0 mark with a 0.42 ERA and 23 K’s over 16.2 innings, including a win over then-No. 15 Stanford…Baylor’s Kaitlyn Thumann batted .462 (10-for-17) and extended her streak of reaching base safely to 40 straight games during play at the Gulf Coast Classic in Gulfport, Miss….West Coast Conference Player of the Week BYU’s Katie Manuma blasted two HR’s and knocked in four to help hand then-No. 2 Tennessee its first loss (6-3) of 2014.
2014 Louisville Slugger Division I National Player of the Week
Feb. 11 – Griffin Joiner – Kentucky – Jr. – C – Hopkinsville, Ky. Feb. 18 – Bryana Walker – Washington – Sr. – P – La Quinta, Calif. Feb. 25 – Anna Miller (Co-) – USC Upstate – Sr. – P – Portland, Ore. Ally Carda (Co-) – UCLA – Jr. – P/UTIL – Elk Grove, Calif. March 4 – Lacey Waldrop – Florida State – Jr. – P – Chester, Va.