4-19-2011 National Players of the Week



California’s Henderson Named Division I NFCA National Player of the Week
April 19, 2011

 STARKVILLE, Miss. – Sophomore pitcher Jolene Henderson of California has been named as the NFCA National Player of the Week for games played Apr. 11-17, 2011.

 Henderson won three games and picked up a save for the Golden Bears last week by helping pilot her team to a non-conference win over St. Mary’s (CA) and a three-game Pac-10 sweep of then 17th-ranked Oregon.  Over the four-game stretch, the sophomore allowed no earned runs off of 15 hits, while striking out 23 and walking only five.  Henderson ended the week with a 0.00 ERA, an opponent’s batting average of .190 and a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage.

 The native of Elk Grove, Calif., struck out seven batters in each of her three wins on the week and added an additional two in her three-inning appearance during the series finale with Oregon, in which she registered her first save of the season and the fourth of her career.  Henderson also recorded two shutouts on the week, which moved her to 10 total on the season.  She entered the week tied for fifth in the nation in shutouts. 

 Currently, Henderson is 25-5 on the year with a 0.78 ERA and 196 strikeouts.  In the last NCAA statistical rankings, she ranked second in the country in victories and fifth fourth in ERA.  She also ranks in the top 50 in three other categories: hits allowed per seven innings (18th), strikeouts (28th) and walks allowed per seven innings (47th). 

 After going 4-0 last week, No. 12 California is currently 28-8 overall and 5-4 in the conference.  This week, the Bears will continue Pac-10 play when they host Stanford for a three-game set.

 Other Top Performances
Missouri’s Chelsea Thomas
went 3-0 last week including two wins over 15th-ranked Oklahoma while allowing just two earned runs and striking out 44 over 24.0 innings of work… Tiare Jennings of New Mexico St. went 9-for-12 last week with four home runs and 11 RBIs as the Aggies swept Nevada… Indiana’s Morgan Melloh helped guide the Hoosiers to five wins last week by fanning 58 batters and ending the week with a 1.67 ERA… Caitlin Jordan of Georgia Tech batted .692 last week with nine RBIs and three home runs as the Yellow Jackets went 3-1… Missouri-Kansas City’s Deanna Friese limited opponents to a .141 batting average over a 4-1 week while registering a one-hitter and a no-hitter in back-to-back starts.

NFCA DI National Player of the Week

Apr. 18 – Jolene Henderson – California – P – Elk Grove, Calif.

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.



Indiana’s Melloh Selected as USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Week

OKLAHOMA CITY  The Amateur Softball Association (ASA) of America announced today that Indiana University’s Morgan Melloh (Fishers, Ind.) was named the USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Week for the Week of April 11-17. Indiana received votes, 10 points, in this week’s ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate Top 25 Poll after a 5-0 weekend which saw Melloh throw 58 strikeouts for a 4-0 record with one save.

“It is a tremendous honor to receive this award and I am very grateful. Without the support of my family, coaches and teammates it would not have been possible,” said Melloh. “My teammates made some outstanding plays in the field behind me so it was a total team effort. We had a lot of confidence coming into the week and came up with the hits when we needed them to keep that confidence going in Big Ten play.”

Her 4-0 record came against Big Ten opponents Ohio State (3-2 and 9-0) and Wisconsin (4-3 and 6-3). She entered in during the fourth inning against Indiana State for the save. Her 29.1 innings of work included a 21 strikeout performance against Wisconsin on Saturday, a 4-3 (eight) victory, along with two other double digit strikeout performances. She recorded 15 strikeouts in seven innings in the opening game against Ohio State, allowing two runs. She closed out the week issuing 12 strikeouts to Wisconsin.

“This is a phenomenal honor for Morgan and our program and we could not be more proud of her,” said Indiana Head Coach Michelle Gardner. “She was outstanding in all five games last week but to have 21 strikeouts in an eight-inning game against a very good Wisconsin team was truly special.”

In the 9-0 victory over Ohio State on April 13, Melloh recorded seven strikeouts in five innings, also giving up two hits. She was a part of the offense that forced a run-rule going 2-for-3 with two RBI and two runs scored.

For her efforts she was also named Big Ten Pitcher of the Week for the third straight week on Monday, becoming just the fifth pitcher in Big Ten history to claim the award three straight weeks. This is the first-time honor for Melloh.


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