OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. - The Amateur Softball Association announced today its selection of Alabama's Stephanie VanBrakle as the USA Softball National Player of the Week for the week of March 6-12. Vanbrakle did not allow a run in 25 innings, posting a 0.00 ERA, helping No. 7 Alabama open up conference play with a perfect record.
VanBrakle (Chambersburg, PA.) went 4-0 on the week defeating conference opponents Florida adn South Carolina. The senior threw a no-hitter against South Carolina and allowed only four hits in 25.0 innings pitched, translating into a .049 opponent batting average. She struck out 39 batters including 15 against Florida.
"This is a great honor from a great organization. It's certainly one of the best honors a collegiate player could receive," said Alabama head coach Pat Murphy. "Stephanie threw four of the most dominating games I've ever seen her pitch. It was certainly the best four game stretch she's pitched since she's been here and we're all extremely proud of her."
VanBrakle also recorded her 900th career strikeout against South Carolina. Offensively, she hit .412 (7-17) with a home run and four RBI in the two series. She is currently on a five-game hitting streak.
"I thought I pitched really well. We faced two really good teams and to pitch as well as I did was a great accomplishment," said VanBrakle. "The whole team played extremely well and I felt confident because of it. My teammates made it possible for me to be so relaxed because when your offense scores that many runs, it really makes it easy."
This is the second-time honor as USA Softball National Player of the Week for VanBrakle.
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