5-3-2011 National Players of the Week

National Players of the Week

May 3 2011

Fordham’s Mineau Named USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Week

OKLAHOMA CITY – The Amateur Softball Association (ASA) of America and USA Softball announced today that Fordham’s Jen Mineau (Schaghticoke, N.Y.) has been named the USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Week for the week of April 25-May 1. Mineau led Fordham to a 7-0 record on the week, throwing 33.0 innings of scoreless softball. 

In a week that saw the Rams go a perfect 7-0 and clinch the 2011 regular season Atlantic 10 conference title, Mineau started and completed five of the seven contests. She posted a 0.00 ERA while striking out 49 batters and walking just four. She posted a 12-1 strikeout to walk ratio in Week 12.

“It was gratifying to be successful and help the team capture the regular season title. It’s an honor to be recognized for my efforts,” said Mineau. The highlight of her week came when she tossed a perfect game against St. Peter’s on April 27. In the 9-0 Fordham win, Mineau fanned 12 of 15 batters faced, and didn’t let a ball leave the infield.

“Jen was a difference maker this past week.  She dominated on the mound and helped us win the regular season title,” said Fordham Head Coach Bridget Orchard. “She is deserving of the award. The tougher competition got, the tougher she got.”

She was also named the Atlantic 10 Pitcher of the Week for her efforts. This is the first-time Mineau has been honored as the USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Week.

Tennessee’s Chavanne & Fordham’s Mineau Named NFCA Division I Co-National Players of the Week
May 3, 2011

 STARKVILLE, Miss. – Sophomore outfielder Raven Chavanne of Tennessee and junior pitcher Jen Mineau of Fordham have been named as the NFCA Division I Co-National Players of the Week for games played Apr. 25-May 1, 2011.

Chavanne went 6-for-7 last week in the Lady Vols three-game sweep of Arkansas with six runs, five RBI, four doubles, three walks and a stolen base.  For the week, she turned in a .857 batting average, a .900 on-base percentage and a 1.429 slugging percentage.

The Thousand Oaks, Calif., native proved to be trouble for Arkansas each time she came to the plate from the leadoff spot during the series.  Over the three-game set, Chavanne reached base safely in nine out of 10 plate appearances and began the series with a streak of reaching base seven straight times. 

Currently, Chavanne is leading the SEC with a .473 batting average and is in the midst of a 14-game hitting streak.  The fifth-ranked Lady Vols will head into their final regular-season series at No. 4 Florida this week with a 44-7 overall record and a 20-5 record in league play.  Tennessee can claim the 2011 SEC regular-season title with a series win over the Gators.

Mineau was 5-0 last week and allowed no runs off of just 10 hits with only four walks and 49 strikeouts.  She ended the week with a perfect 0.00 ERA, an opponent’s batting average of .093 and five shutouts.

The crown jewel of Mineau’s week came in the Ram’s second game against Saint Peter’s when she tossed the fourth perfect game of her career to bring her career total of no-hitters to seven.  For the week, the Schaghticoke, N.Y., native notched three 10-plus strikeout performances and tallied a strikeout to walk ratio of 12:1.

For the year, Mineau has a record of 20-7 with a 1.37 ERA and 241 strikeouts.  After going 6-0 last week, the Rams (38-17) claimed the 2011 Atlantic 10 regular-season title with a league record of 16-4 and secured the top-seed and a first-round by in next weekend’s conference tournament.

Other Top Performances
California’s Joelene Henderson won all three games for the Bears last week and recorded 25 strikeouts as Cal swept then eighth-ranked UCLA… Morgan Melloh of Indiana allowed just two runs over 27 inning of work last week with 44 strikeouts, as the Hoosiers went 4-0… Syracuse’s Jenna Caira won all six games for the Orange last week while limiting opponents to a .090 batting average and fanning 43… Brianna Jorgensborg of Notre Dame batted .600 last week with three doubles and three home runs to help lead the 25th-ranked Irish to a 5-0 week. 

NFCA DI National Player of the Week

May 3 – Raven Chavanne – Tennessee – OF – Thousand Oaks, Calif. (co)
May 3 – Jen Mineau – Fordham – P – Schaghticoke, N.Y. (co)
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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