OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. - The Amateur Softball Association annouced today the selection of junior left-handed pitcher Monica Abbott (Salinas, Calif.) as the USA Softball National Player of the Week. She went 3-0 this week with three complete game shutouts including an impressive two consecutive no-hitters over No. 18 Auburn. Earlier in the week versus Belmont, she passed one of the most impressive milestones in her conference when she broke the SEC's career strikout record that was previously held by former LSU Tiger Britni Sneed. With 40 Ks in just 18 innings of work this week she increased her career strikeout total to a staggering 1,401.
"I'm extremely excited and honored to receive the USA Softball National Player of the Week award," said Lady Vol junior pitcher Moncia Abbott. "It means a lot to me and our team because we've all been working extremely hard this season to be successful. Breaking the SEC career strikout mark was an honor for me, because it was held by a great pitcher, LSU's Britni Sneed. It's a wonderful achievement for our team to be able to put Tennessee at the top of the record book in that category."
She now had 15 career no-hitters, five in 2006, and four perfect games in her tenure at Tennessee. Her record this season moved to a perfect 16-0 overall with 11 of those wins being shutouts. With 216 strikeouts this season, she now has 1,401 career Ks to advance into fifth place on the all-time NCAA Division I strikeout list.
"Both Ralph (co-head coach Weekly) and I are really proud of Monica's achievements," said Lady Vol co-head coach Karen Weekly. "The USA Softball National Player of the Week award is a great honor. Monica's breaking the all-time SEC career strikeout record in just her junior season is a phenomenol feat. LSU's Britni Sneed was an outstanding pitcher and a tremendous competitor, so it's truly an honor to have Monica Abbott mentioned alongside a student-athlete with her talent. Monica's performance against Auburn was remarkable and was the key to our important series victory."
The USA Softball National Player of the Week is designed to acknowledge outstanding athletic achievement by individuals on a weekly basis. Each recipient of the USA Softball National Player of the Week Award will receive an engraved plaque and will be nationally recognized for their accomplishments. A complete list of winners can be found on the USA Softball web site at www.usasoftball.com.
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