4-5-2011 National Players of the Week

National Players of the week


Arizona’s Fowler Named USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Week

CITY The Amateur Softball Association (ASA) of America announced today that the University of Arizona’s Kenzie Fowler (Tucson, Ariz.) was named the USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Week for the Week of March 28-April 3. From the circle, Fowler led the then-No. 7 Wildcats to a three-game sweep over then-No. 12 Stanford with two wins and a save.

“I’m honored to be named the USA Softball Player of the Week,” said Fowler.  “Our team had a great week and I was happy to be a part of that success.”

The sophomore appeared in all three games without giving up a run. She tossed two complete-game shutouts while entering to save the third. Fowler allowed just four hits on the weekend while pitching 15.1 of the 18 innings played. The Tucson native held the No. 12 Cardinal to a batting average of .085 in the three games.

For the save, she pitched 3.1 innings of one-hit ball, striking out three for her first save of the season.  Her Sunday shutout of Stanford was her best outing of the year as she limited the Cardinal to two hits over seven innings while striking out 10. The two hits allowed were the fewest in a seven-inning complete game of the season for Fowler.

Fowler struck out 17 batters on the weekend while walking just seven. Fowler, who has not allowed an earned run since March 18 against Michigan, notched wins number 19 and 20 on the year while earning her first save of the season.

With the wins, Arizona (32-6, 3-0 Pac-10) improved to No. 5 in the ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate Top 25 poll, also released earlier today by ASA.

This award marks the first time this season and the second time in her career that Fowler has been selected as USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Week. In her freshman season, she was honored during the week of April 12-18, 2010. She was also a Top 10 Finalist for the 2010 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year Award.

Unhittable Plourde Named NFCA Division I National Player of the Week
April 5, 2011

 STARKVILLE, Miss. – Junior pitcher Sara Plourde of Massachusetts has been named as the NFCA National Player of the Week for games played Mar. 28-Apr. 3, 2011.

 Plourde turned in one of the more remarkable performances of an already incredible career last week, as she managed to go 17.2 innings without giving up a single hit. For the week, she was 3-0 with a save, 39 strikeouts and just seven walks. In addition, Plourde turned in a 0.00 ERA and unbelievable opponent’s batting average of .000.

The Bristol, Conn., native struck out 16 batters each in of her two no-hitters against Saint Louis and Dartmouth.  She then returned in the second game of each doubleheader to pick up a relief win against Saint Louis and the first save of her career against Dartmouth.  Plourde’s stretch of 17.2 hitless innings broke the previous program record for hitless innings, which was set in 1983.

Plourde is currently 11-10 on the season with a 1.51 ERA and an Atlantic 10-leading 244 strikeouts. After going 4-0 last week, the Minutewomen are currently 13-14 overall and 5-3 in league play.  This week, Massachusetts will take on Connecticut and Boston University in mid-week non-conference contests, before returning to A10 action against St. Bonaventure this weekend.

Other Top Performances
UCLA’s Andrea Harrison went 10-for-12 last week with two doubles, two home runs and nine RBI as the Bruins went 5-0… Michelle Moses of Fresno State pitched 16 scoreless innings last week, including a no-hitter, as Fresno swept then No. 20 Hawai‘i … Kentucky’s Meagan Aull made each of her five hits count last week as she belted a double and four home runs in the Wildcat’s sweep of then No. 5 Florida… Ellen Renfroe of Tennessee went 2-0 against then No. 22 Auburn last week including a 20-strikeout performance in the Lady Vols’ 10-inning win… Eastern Michigan’s McKenna Russ recorded 11 straight hits last week to finish with 16, 12 RBI, five home runs and four doubles, helping propel the Eagles to a 5-1 week…

NFCA DI National Player of the Week

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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