UCLA’s Selden named as the USA Softball Collegiate National Player of the Week
Oklahoma City, Okla. – The Amateur Softball Association announced today the selection of UCLA pitcher Anjelica Selden (Vacaville, Calif.) as the USA Softball National Collegiate Player of the Week for the week of February 18-24. The senior had a part in four of the Bruins’ five wins at the Palm Springs Classic, producing a 3-0 record, a save and 38 strikeouts in 22 innings.
“"I feel very honored and flattered to have received this award,” said Selden. “I'm thankful that I have a great team and great defense behind me. It felt great to get five wins last weekend in Palm Springs, especially with them all coming against some of the top competition in the country. We have a young team and it is wonderful to see us doing so well. We have worked very hard to come together as a team on the field and that is our goal, to come together and play well as a team offensively and defensively."
After picking up a save against Massachusetts on Friday, Selden followed that with a 13-strikeout performance in a two-hitter against No. 18 Georgia. On Saturday, Selden did not walk a batter and struck out seven, limiting No. 13 Baylor to four hits.
“I am very proud of Jelly's performance this weekend,” said UCLA head coach Kelly Inouye-Perez
. “She is focused and determined to get this team back to Oklahoma City and she led the Bruins this weekend with great confidence.”
On Sunday, Selden set a new career high for strikeouts in a seven-inning game with 17 against No. 3 Northwestern, giving up just four hits. Selden struck out the side three times in the third, fifth and seventh and fanned the final four batters of the game.
Selden improved to 7-1 on the season with 78 strikeouts in 52 innings and only four walks on the season. This is the second time Selden been honored as the USA Softball Player of the Week as she was honored as a freshman in 2005.
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 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/.