NATIONAL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
April 12 2011
LSU’s Young Named USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Week
OKLAHOMA CITY – The Amateur Softball Association (ASA) of America announced today that LSU’s Anissa Young (Fontana, Calif.) has been named the USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Week for the Week of April 4-10. With a sweep of then-No. 1 Alabama in a three game series, LSU leapt from unranked to the No. 19 position in the ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate Top 25 poll, also released today by ASA. Young’s performances secured the first sweep of the Crimson Tide in 57 series, dating back to 2004, with the last sweep also coming from LSU.
The junior infielder had a weekend to remember as the Tigers pounced Alabama, a team that had been ranked No. 1 since March 22. In the longest game in LSU program history, Young cranked a solo walk off blast in the 14th inning to claim the series opener, 2-1. This made Young the 29th player in program history to collect 100 career hits.
“This is certainly a fabulous and well-deserved honor for Anissa and our program. Our games with Alabama are always a battle to the end, and I give her all the credit for making the necessary adjustments during both at-bats to win those games,” said LSU Head Coach Yvette Girouard. “What she was able to do provided memories for a lifetime not only for herself, but her teammates as well.”
Her encore performance during Game 2 of the series was just as dramatic. Young belted a two-run shot in the 10th inning off three-time All-American and reigning SEC Pitcher of the Year Kelsi Dunne to extend her hitting streak to a career-long eight games. Young accounted for two runs in the 3-2 victory along with two RBI.
“I’m extremely happy, humbled and honored to win an award like this. I couldn’t have done it without the support of my teammates, and the atmosphere provided by the Tiger fans. The Alabama series is something I’ll never forget for those reasons,” said Young. “Both times at the plate I was just trying to get on-base because our team needed base runners. It was an unbelievable feeling to run around the bases and was very emotional to meet my teammates at home plate.”
This is the first-time honor for Young and first of the year for LSU.
The Top 25 Finalists for the USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year will be announced Wednesday at 3 p.m. CT. The winner of this prestigious award will come from the list of the 25 and be announced at the Opening Ceremonies of the 2011 NCAA Women’s College World Series in Oklahoma City.
Georgia’s Sandberg Named NFCA Division I National Player of the Week
April 12, 2011
STARKVILLE, Miss. – Junior utility player Kristyn Sandberg of Georgia has been named as the NFCA National Player of the Week for games played Apr. 4-10, 2011.
Sandberg played a key role in the Bulldogs’ sweep of then No. 18 Kentucky and provided a large part of their offense in the two losses to No. 9 Tennessee. She finished the week by going 9-for-13 with five doubles, two homeruns, three runs, eight RBI and two walks. Her weekly totals were equally as impressive as she batted .692, slugged 1.538, had an on-base percentage of .765 and did not commit an error in 32 chances in the field.
The Island Park, N.Y. tied two career highs on the week by tallying three hits in games versus Tennessee and Kentucky and driving in four runs against Kentucky. For the week, Sandberg safely reached base in 13 of 14 plate appearances and went for extra bases in seven of her nine hits.
For the season, Sandberg is hitting .311 with 18 RBI, eight doubles and six homeruns. The fourth-ranked Bulldogs are currently 35-6 overall and are third in the SEC with a league record of 11-5. This week, Sandberg and her Georgia teammates will travel the short distance to Atlanta on Wednesday to take on 23rd-ranked Georgia Tech before hosting Ole Miss in a weekend SEC series.
Other Top Performances
LSU’s Brittany Mack went 2-0 and struck out 25 in the Tigers’ sweep of then top-ranked Alabama… Jessica Davis of Illinois blasted four homeruns against Ohio State last week to finish the week with a .667 batting average and an astronomical slugging percentage of 2.111 … Troy’s Ashlyn Williams won three games and earned a save last week while allowing just one earned run and striking out 22… Lauren Klopp of San Diego State drove in 18 runs on seven hits, including five homeruns, while leading the Aztecs to a 5-0 week… Eastern Illinois’ Amber May held opponents to .187 batting average during a 4-0 week in which she notched her 500th career strikeout.
2011 NFCA DI National Player of the Week
Apr. 11 – Kristyn Sandberg – Georgia – C/IF – Island Park, N.Y.
Apr. 5 – Sara Plourde – Massachusetts – Jr. – P – Bristol, Conn.
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.