OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – The Amateur Softball Association announced today that DePaul’s Becca Heteniak (Simi Valley, Calif.) was named the USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Week for her performance during the week of April 21-27. She was a force on both offense and defense posting a 7-0 record on the week along with hitting .364 with 10 RBI.
Heteniak had an unbelievable week as she saw action in each of DePaul’s eight wins this week. The sophomore went 7-0 in the circle and picked up a save against Connecticut. The All-American tossed 43.1 innings, allowing just 17 hits and two earned runs to finish the week with a 0.32 ERA. She held the opposing batters to an unprecedented .114 batting average. Heteniak threw her third career no-hitter against UIC as the Blue Demons defeated the Flames 5-0 on Thursday. She threw an eight inning shutout against Loyola-Chicago on Wednesday and combined for a shutout performance against BIG EAST Conference foes Connecticut (game two) and Providence (game one) over the weekend.
"Becca had a great week last week. She made her presence felt and led DePaul both in the circle and at the plate,” said DePaul Head Coach Eugene Lenti. “This is a wonderful honor of Becca and for the Blue Demon softball program."
Heteniak helped her own cause at the plate as she led DePaul with 10 RBI, three home runs and pair of doubles. The sophomore finished the week with a .364 average and eight hits. Against Illinois, Heteniak smashed a pair of home runs; it marked the first time in her collegiate career that she has two home runs in a game.
"I am absolutely honored and thrilled to be named the National Player of the Week. It is crazy to be honored by USA Softball,” said Heteniak. “I share this award with my teammates and coaches as this would not happen without them.”
This is the first-time honor for Heteniak.
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/.