KELLER A UNANIMOUS DECISION
March 5 2013
Louisville’s Katie Keller Reaps Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division I National Player of the Week Accolade
March 5, 2013
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – For her impressive efforts in helping No. 13 Louisville (16-3) to a 4-1 record this past weekend at the Citrus Classic in Kissimmee, Fla., including a victory over then-No. 11 LSU, Cardinal junior second baseman Katie Keller has been selected as the Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division I National Player of the Week for March 5.
U of L’s lead-off hitter batted .667 overall (8-for-12) with three doubles, an impressive seven walks and a pair of RBIs, while posting an .800 on-base percentage and a .917 slugging percentage. The reigning BIG EAST Player of the Week managed to reach base successfully 15 of the 19 times she stepped to the plate via hit or walk and tallied at least one run in four of the week’s five match-ups. After opening the event by going 1-for-3 with a double during Louisville’s razor-thin, 2-0 loss to then-No. 5 Texas, Keller eventually posted identical 2-for-2 efforts with two runs scored and a RBI during victories over both No. 11 LSU (6-2) and Temple (8-0) and was 2-for-2 with a pair of two-baggers in a 6-3 win over Georgia Tech.
Benefited by her weekend’s strong performance, Keller currently guides the Cardinals with a .450 batting average and has now tallied a team-leading 22 runs.
Next up for No. 13 Louisville is its home-hosted Red & Black Tournament slated for March 8-10 at Ulmer Stadium. During the event, U of L is slated to face No. 14 Michigan, Miami (OH), Austin Peay and Illinois State.
Other Top Performances
Florida’s Lauren Haeger hit .476 (10-for-21) with four HR’s, 15 RBIs, three of those RBIs of the game-winning variety, while going 2-0 in the circle with a 2.69 ERA and firing one inning in a combined perfect game victory over Presbyterian…SEC Pitcher of the Week Alison Owen of Mississippi State was 3-0 with a save, a 0.38 ERA, her first career no-hitter and 23 strikeouts at the Citrus Classic…Davina Kachnovitz of St. Francis (Pa.) batted .615 (8-for-13) with two HR’s (one a grand slam), five steals and nine RBIs on the way to Northeast Conference Player of the Week honors…FGCU’s Chelsea Zgrabik hit .467 (7-for-15) with three HRs and 14 RBIs and was selected as the Atlantic Sun Player of the Week…Paige Wilson of Georgia hit .500 (9-for-18) with two grand slams, a two-run, walk-off HR and 14 RBIs for the Bulldogs…Campbell’s Stephanie Jones posted a .684 batting average (13-for-19) with a 1.158 slugging percentage, two HR’s and seven RBIs…California’s Lindsey Ziegenhirt posted a .455 (5-for-11) mark with a 1.273 slugging percentage, three HR’s and eight RBIs for the Golden Bears at the Easton Invitational…Devon Wallace of Arkansas was named SEC Player of the Week after hitting .636 (7-for-11) with three doubles, three HRs and seven RBIs…Margaret Wilkins of Hampton was an impressive 15-for-20 (.750) with three HR’s and seven RBIs for the Lady Pirates…Atlantic Sun Pitcher of the Week Kayla Goff of North Florida was 4-0 with a 0.30 ERA in 23.2 innings at the Osprey Invitational…Valparaiso’s Brittany Duncan was 6-for-11 (.545) with a pair of HR’s and five RBIs on her way to Horizon League Player of the Week accolades…Louisville pitcher Rachel LeCoq was 3-0 for the Cardinals at the Citrus Classic, going 3-0 with a 0.48 ERA and 11 K’s while tossing 5.1 frames of relief in defeating #11 LSU…Coastal Carolina’s Kiana Quolas was a perfect 3-0 with a 0.00 ERA and 22 K’s in 20.2 innings at the Coastal Carolina Invitational.
2013 Louisville Slugger Division I National Player of the Week
Feb. 12 – Keilani Ricketts – Oklahoma – Sr. – P – San Jose, Calif.
Feb. 19 – B.B. Bates – UCLA – Sr. – OF – Victorville, Calif.
Feb. 26 – Kelsey Stevens – Stanford – Fr. – P – Albuquerque, N.M.
March 5 – Katie Keller – Louisville – Jr. – 2B – Livermore, Calif.
Louisville’s Katie Keller named USA Softball National Collegiate Player of the Week
OKLAHOMA CITY — Louisville Cardinal second baseman Katie Keller (Livermore, Calif.) helped lead the now No. 13.Cardinals to a 4-1 record on the weekend after posting an impressive .667 (8-for-12) batting average with three doubles, seven runs and two RBI.
“It is such an honor to be selected as the USA Softball National Player of the Week,” said Keller. “Considering there are so many great softball players competing every week. I am grateful for the support of my teammates and coaches and that I have the opportunity to help my team be successful.”
The junior right-hander also drew seven walks on the weekend for an .800 on-base percentage and registered a .917 slugging percentage. Keller had at least one hit and one walk in every game and scored at least one run in four of the Cards’ five games on the weekend. Against a then No. 11 LSU, she went 2-for-2 with two runs and two walks. She was also 2-for-2 in the wins over Temple and Georgia Tech. Keller now leads the team with a .450 batting average, 20 RBI and 22 runs on the season.
“Katie had a great weekend and I am excited that she has received this national recognition,” said Louisville head coach Sandy Pearsall. “She is a fierce competitor and the kind of player you want up to bat at a crucial time. She has worked hard to prepare for this season and it is certainly paid off so far.”
This marks the first time since 2006 and the inception of this award that a University of Louisville athlete has garnered the honor. Keller was also recognized as the Big East Conference Player of the Week and this is the second time she received that honor this season. .
Up next for the Cardinals, they will play host at the Red & Black Tournament which welcomes No. 14 Michigan, Miami (Ohio), Austin Peay, Illinois State and Western Kentucky.
2013 USA Softball National Collegiate Players of the Week
Week 1 (Feb. 7-10): Keilani Ricketts – Oklahoma – Senior – Pitcher– San Jose, Calif.
Week 2 (Feb. 11-17): BB Bates – UCLA – Senior – Outfield – Victorville, Calif.
Week 3 (Feb. 18-24): Mel Dumezich – Texas A&M – Senior – Pitcher – Whiting, Ind.
Week 4 (Feb. 25- March 3): Katie Keller – Louisville – Junior – Second Base – Livermore, Calif.