OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. - The Amateur Softball Association announced today that Tennessee’s Tonya Callahan (Holden, Mo.) was named the USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Week for her performance during the week of April 14-20. The senior third baseman reached base safely on 16 of 18 occasions for an on-base-percentage of .889.
Callahan hit .667 (4-of-6) with three home runs and seven RBI last week against Ole Miss and No. 11 LSU to raise her SEC-only average to a staggering .500. She was so feared offensively that she was walked 12 times including seven times intentionally. From the second game versus Ole Miss through the first two games of the series with LSU, Callahan reached base on nine consecutive occasions recording three homeruns and six walks.
In an 8-0 (5 inn.) rout of #11 LSU, Callahan went 2-for-2 with two three-run homeruns and a career single-game-tying best six RBIs. The second of those three-run homeruns against LSU was the 50th of her career. She now owns a team-high 15 homeruns and 54 RBIs to go along with a .461 batting average, a .906 slugging percentage and a .619 on-base percentage.
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 as well as claimed two World Cup of Softball titles. For more information about USA Softball, please visit http://www.usasoftball.com/.