OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. - The Amateur Softball Association announced today the selection of LSU junior pitcher Emily Turner as the USA Softball National Softball Player of the Week. This week's SEC Pitcher of the Week went 2-0 after holding No. 3 Alabama to its lowest run total since March 18 this week in Tuscaloosa.
Turner (Chula Vista, Calif.) handed the Crimson Tide their first SEC loss this season on Friday before coming back handing Alabama its second conference loss on Saturday. She held the Crimson Tide, the 16th best scoring team in the nation, to their lowest run totals since being shut out by then No. 1 Arizona on March 18.
"This was definitely an unexpected honor," said Turner. "It is easy to pitch behind a team that has confidence, because if it were not for them hitting the ball, then I could not be as successful."
In the first win, she allowed a solo home run to the second batter of the game and did not allow a base runner to reach third the remainder of the game.
"What an incredible honor, not only for Emily, but also for our program," said LSU head coach Yvette Girouard. "Emily deserves all of the positives she is seeing in her performances because she is literally the hardest working athlete I have ever coached."
In the final game, she had a no-hitter going through three and a thrid innings before allowing a solo home run in the bottom of the fourth inning. Holding a one-run lead going into the bottom of the seventh, she retired the final three batters in order to end the game allowing only three hits the entire game. She became the first pitcher to beat Alabama twice this season and moved into third in career strikouts in LSU history.
This is the first time she has been honored as the USA Softball National Player of the Week.
The Amateur Softball Association, founded in 1933, is the National Governing Body of softball in the United States and a member of the United States Olympic Committee. The ASA has become one of the nation’s largest sports organizations and now sanctions competition in every state through a network of 87 local associations. The ASA has grown from a few hundred teams in the early days to over 230,000 teams today, representing a membership of more than three million. For more information on the ASA, visit www.asasoftball.com.
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USA Softball is the brand created, operated and owned by the ASA that links the USA Men’s, Women’s, Junior Boys’ and Junior Girls’ National Team programs together. USA Softball is responsible for training, equipping and promoting these four National Teams to compete in international and domestic competitions. The USA Softball Women’s National Team is one of the only two women’s sports involved in the Olympic movement to capture three consecutive gold medals at the Olympic Games since 1996. The U.S. women have also won seven World Championship titles including the last five consecutive. For more information about USA Softball, please visit www.usasoftball.com