4-26-2011 National Players of the Week

NATIONAL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

Florida’s Bruder Named USA Softball’s Collegiate Player of the Week

OKLAHOMA CITY – The Amateur Softball Association (ASA) of America and USA Softball announced today that Florida’s Kelsey Bruder (Corona, Calif.) was named the USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Week for the week of April 18-24. Bruder recorded two walk off hits over SEC rival Alabama helping Florida take the series.

“I’m so honored to have been chosen as National Player of the Week. This past series versus Alabama was an absolute thrill and I’m so glad I was able to come through for my teammates,” said Bruder. “Our success wouldn’t have been possible without every single one of them.”
The senior outfielder had two game-winning walk-off hits in Florida’s two wins over No. 3 Alabama, a first-pitch three-run homer in the bottom of the seventh in the Gators’ 6-5 win Saturday and an infield RBI single for the walk-off 3-2, nine-inning victory Sunday to take the series. In addition to her game-winning infield hit Sunday, Bruder also had a RBI on a single in the bottom of the eighth Sunday that counted as Florida’s first run of the game and started the rally to tie the game at two-all after eight innings.
“We are so honored for Kelsey to be recognized as USA Softball’s Collegiate Player of the Week,” Florida Head Coach Tim Walton said. “Kelsey’s performance last weekend was an incredible feat; she was so instrumental in all of our victories. For her to be a clutch performer says a lot about her preparation and a lot about what team work is all about.”

In the opening game loss, she tallied one of Florida’s three hits as Alabama took the first game. She also had both a triple and a homer in UF’s mid-week defeat over UCF, accounting for three of Florida’s eight runs and RBI in the contest. On the week, she hit .438 with eight RBI and four runs scored.

For her accomplishments, she was named the SEC Player of the Week for the second consecutive week and the third time this season. This is the second Player of the Week honor for Bruder, who first received the honor on May 12, 2009, and is also the second for this season for a University of Florida athlete.

Northwestern’s Monka Named Division I NFCA National Player of the Week
April 26, 2011

STARKVILLE, Miss. – Junior first baseman Adrienne Monka of Northwestern has been named as the NFCA National Player of the Week for games played Apr. 18-24, 2011.

Monka was absolutely perfect for the Wildcats during their Big 10 doubleheader sweep of Ohio State as she went 3-for-3 with a double, a home run, seven RBIs and five walks.  She ended the week with a perfect 1.000 batting average and on-base percentage and also turned in an astronomical 2.333 slugging percentage.

During the first game of the series, Monka was 2-for-2 with five RBIs to help lead Northwestern to a 14-0 win.  In the second game, she was equally as impressive by going 1-for-1 with two RBIs and three walks in the 12-2 Wildcat victory.

For the year, Monka leads her team with a .506 batting average as well as six doubles, 10 home runs and 46 RBIs.  Out of 234 total chances this season in the field, she has not committed a single error at first base.

With the two wins over Ohio State last week, Northwestern is currently 22-13 overall and 4-6 in Big 10 play.  This week, the Wildcats will look to improve on their spot in the conference table when they travel to Purdue on Wednesday and Illinois on Friday.

Other Top Performances
Murray State’s Jenna Bradley went .692 last with two doubles and four home runs to help lead the Racers to a 4-1 week… Texas’ Courtney Craig was 9-for-13 last week with four home runs and seven RBIs as the Longhorns went 4-0… Kelsey Bruder of Florida helped lead the Gators to a 2-1 series win over then fourth-ranked Alabama by going 7-for-16 and hitting for the cycle in the series… Dallas Escobedo of Arizona State was 2-0 last week with 21 strikeouts as the Sun Devils swept then seventh-ranked Arizona on the road for the first time in program history.

NFCA DI National Player of the Week

Apr. 25 – Adrienne Monka – Northwestern – 1B – Ranch Cucamonga, Calif.

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.

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