Amanda Scarborough named as the USA Softball National Player of the Week
Oklahoma City, Okla. – The Amateur Softball Association announced today the selection of Texas A&M’s Amanda Scarborough (Magnolia, Texas) as the first USA Softball National Player of the Week for the 2007 season. With a 5-0 record, Scarborough helped lead the Aggies to a top five ranking in this weeks ESPN.com/USA Softball Top 25 poll, the first in the programs history.
“This is a huge honor for me,” commented A&M junior captain Amanda Scarborough. “It comes as a huge surprise because of the exceptional play of the rest of my teammates this weekend in Arizona. I give a lot of credit to my defense; they played solid and made big plays in pressure situations. Patti (Wunderlich) called a great game behind the plate and I was able to hit my spots and get outs when we needed them. Our success was a definite team effort.”
In the opening week of the season the junior right-hander was outstanding in the circle turning in a 3-0 record that included wins over three top-five teams including the defending national champions and top ranked Arizona Wildcats. Against the Wildcats in the final game of the Kajikawa Classic she struck out five, allowed only five hits and scored the tying run after hitting a double to reach base. She was equally impressive against No. 3 UCLA allowing just one earned run while striking out four to lead the Aggies to a 5-4 win. Against No. 4 Northwestern, Scarborough walked the lead off batter to start the game but then proceeded to retire the next 11 consecutive batters on her way to a 4-3 victory.
In 21 innings of work, Scarborough allowed only three earned runs off 14 hits and collected 15 strikeouts. She also helped her cause at the plate going 5-for-17 with five runs scored and four RBI.
“Being named National Player of the Week is a great honor for Amanda and our program,” commented A&M head coach Jo Evans. “Amanda has worked very hard in the off-season to be a great leader on the mound and in the clubhouse. She got great support from her teammates this past weekend and it is nice to see the hard work of Amanda and her teammates being recognized at the national level. Amanda has learned a lot by competing against the likes of Arizona and UCLA during her young career and she has made the adjustments necessary to go head to head with these teams and have success.”
This is the second time Scarborough has been honored as the USA Softball Player of the Week. Her first honor came on March 29, 2005 during her freshman season.
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 84 local associations. The ASA has grown from a few hundred teams in the early days to over 240,000 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 eight World Championship titles including the last six consecutive. For more information about USA Softball, please visit www.usasoftball.com