OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. - The University of Tennessee's Lindsay Shutzler had an explosive weekend at the Louisville Slugger Desert Classic in Las Vegas, Nev., leading her to be named the USA Softball National Player of the Week for the week of Feb. 13-19, announced today by the Amateur Softball Association. Schutzler (Monterey, Calif.) hit .733, helping lead her team to a 5-0 record on the weekend and 8-0 on the season.
Schutzler was 11-of-15 at the plate with a double, triple, six RBI and nine runs. In a 13-1 (5 innings) win over Kansas, Schutzler was a perfect 4-for-4 with four RBI. Against then No. 24 Oregon, Schutzler posted two walks and was 2-for-2 at the plate. She also scored three runs, 3-for-5, in a 13-2 victory over Hawaii.
"Winning the USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Week award is a great honor for me. The team and I worked very hard all fall to prepare to play in tournaments like the Louisville Slugger Desert Classic," said Schutzler. "We knew it was going to be a big tournament for us. We, as a team, wanted to come out and play well and I wanted to do my best job to help our team."
The University of Tennessee jumped two spots in this week's ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate Top 25 Poll to No. 2, with 469 points, after this week's performance.
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.
About USA Softball
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