OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. --- The Amateur Softball Association announced today that Arizona’s Stacie Chambers (Glendale, Ariz.) was named the USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Week for her offensive efforts at the Judi Garman Classic in Fullerton, Calif.
“It really is an honor and a great feeling,” said Chambers. “But it only raises the bar for myself and makes me want to work harder. Our team is going to come out and work hard as we head into Pac-10 play next week, and we are all driven to make it back to Oklahoma City.”
The junior catcher tallied 15 RBI and seven runs scored in 14 at-bats. In total, three players tallied seven RBI in the tournament, which was the second-highest output, but Chambers had 15. She nabbed six hits over the tournament - all home runs - bringing her season total to 19 and her RBI total to 66, leading the Pac-10 conference.
“It’s a very prestigious honor,” said Arizona head coach Mike Candrea. “Stacie had an outstanding performance this weekend, and we’re always glad to see our players getting recognition. It’s an honor for our program.”
All 15 RBI came in only three games as Chambers knocked in seven runs on two homers against New Mexico - including her third grand slam of the season, and four runs on two homers against both Penn State and Notre Dame. Two walks, including an intentional base on balls, against ND gave her a 2-for-2 performance with three runs scored.
Chambers homered in her final two at-bats against Penn State and her first two at-bats against Notre Dame, thus becoming the first person in Arizona’s long and prestigious history to hit four home runs in consecutive plate appearances.
Chambers has now had three weekends in which she tallied 15 or more RBI. This also marks the first USA Softball Player of the Week honor for Chambers.
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/.