Florida’s Stacey Nelson named USA Softball National Collegiate Player of the Week

April 01, 2008, 11:37 a.m. (ET)

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. --- The Amateur Softball Association announced today the selection of Florida junior Stacey Nelson (Los Alamitos, Calif.) as the USA Softball National Collegiate Player of the Week for the week of March 24-30. The right-handed ace for the Gators finished the week with a 4-0 record and a 0.00 ERA. She gave up only one run, not earned, in four appearances against SEC opponents this week.

"This is an honor,” said Nelson. “My team has been making it so easy for me as a pitcher to go out in the circle each game because I know if I don't have my best stuff, their bats and defense will back me up. This isn't an individual award for me; it is a testament of how well the whole team has done."

Nelson tallied 24 strikeouts over the four shutout performances and allowed ten hits, none of which were for extra bases. In the first game against South Carolina, Nelson set a University of Florida record for career shutouts with the 28th of her career. The previous record had stood since 1998 and was set by Chelsey Sakizzie. Nelson also set the school record for career complete games with the 76th complete game of her career.

“This is a tremendous honor for Stacey and our program,” said Gator head coach Tim Walton. “We could not be more proud of Stacey as a person and as a player.”

The 5”10” hurler expanded on both records as she tossed a 7-0 shut out over No. 8 LSU on Sunday and pitched two complete games against the Tigers over the weekend. Nelson struck out 11 batters in the first game against South Carolina, her eighth double digit strikeout game of the season, and did not give up a walk. She came in the game for the final inning of the second South Carolina game with the scored tied 0-0 and struck out the final two batters to earn the win. In the two games against No. 8 LSU, Nelson gave up only six total hits.

This is the first time Nelson has been honored as the USA Softball National Collegiate Player of the Week.

About ASA

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 83 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 http://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 http://www.usasoftball.com/