OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. --- The Amateur Softball Association announced today that Northwestern pitcher Lauren Delaney (Jefferson City, Mo.) has earned the final 2008 USA Softball National Collegiate Player of the Week award. A 6’0” sophomore, Delaney had an outstanding weekend from the circle leading the Wildcats to its first Big Ten tournament crown since 1982.
"It is great to win this award, but winning the Big Ten Tournament was an even bigger accomplishment for our team,” said Delaney. “I am really looking forward to seeing what our team can do as we enter the NCAA Tournament this weekend."
Delaney was named Big Ten Tournament MVP after throwing three-consecutive shutouts to lead Northwestern to its title. She threw 17.0 innings on the weekend, allowing only five hits and five walks while striking out 24 to record a .096 opponent's batting average. Only four times in three games did a runner advance to scoring position. She began with a one-hit shutout in a five-inning win against Ohio State in the quarterfinals before throwing a two-hit, five-inning shutout with eight strikeouts versus Minnesota in the semifinals. Delaney then stepped it up in a pitchers' duel of a championship game, fanning nine in a two-hit shutout against Iowa to help NU to a 1-0 victory in the game.
"This is a fantastic award both for Lauren and for our program,” said head coach Kate Drohan. “Lauren really has proven herself to be a terrific competitor, and she continues to improve her game as we get into the thick of the postseason."
This is the first time Delaney has won the USA Softball weekly honor.
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/