OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. - The Amateur Softball Association announced today the selection of Oregon State's Brianne McGowan as the USA Softball National Player of the Week for the week of Feb. 27-March 5. McGowan was the driving force behind the success of the Beavers this week that included a perfect 5-0 record at the Cal State Fullerton Worth Tournament.
Offensively she led the team with a .700 batting average, six RBI, five runs and a 1.600 slugging percentage, to help OSU extend its overall winning streak to 18 games - just four shy of last season's school record (22). In the circle, the All-American pitcher from Reno, Nev., held a 0.78 ERA while earning three victories in the tournament. She totaled 18 strikeouts in 18 innings of work and improved her overall record to 11-1 - including 11 consecutive wins.
"I'm so honored to receive this award. There are a lot of great players across the country that could have been chosen," said McGowan of this honor, the second in her career. "It's nice for our team to be recognized nationally."
As a junior, she became just the fourth player in Oregon State history to break the 500- strikeout (502) barrier and moved into fourth place in the Beaver record book for career victories (57).
"This is a great honor for Brianne," said Oregon State head coach Kirk Walker. "She had a tremendous weekend on the mound and at the plate."
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