Northwestern Wildcat Tammy Williams named USA Softball Player of the Week

March 10, 2009, 1:47 p.m. (ET)

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. --- After hitting .545 over the weekend against ranked opponents, USA Softball announced today that Northwestern’s Tammy Williams (Roscoe, Mo.) was named the Collegiate Player of the Week for the Week of March 2-8. The senior led the Wildcats to three wins over top-ten opponents at the Preview presented by Worth and earned a .1364 slugging percentage, scored five runs and earned three intentional walks.

“I’m very excited about the way our team is playing right now and want to thank USA Softball for recognizing Northwestern this week,” said Williams. “We had a lot of fun playing a tournament at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium last weekend, and our team continues to come to practice every day focused on working toward the Big Ten title and being back in Oklahoma City for the World Series.”

In a 7-3 win over No. 7 Tennessee Saturday, Williams doubled twice, including a seventh-inning hit that led to a walk-off grand slam for the Wildcats. Against No. 5 Oklahoma Friday night, Williams hit a game-tying home run in the top of the sixth inning as part of a 2-for-3 performance. On Sunday, Williams was intentionally walked three times after a double and home run in her first two at-bats during an 11-3 win over No. 7 Tennessee.

“First, our program is honored to earn this award and would like to thank USA Softball,” said head coach Kate Drohan. “The hard work of Tammy and our team resulted in a great weekend in Oklahoma City and we are continuing that work as we head into the Big Ten season in the coming weeks.”

This marks the first USA Softball Player of the Week honor for Williams.

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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