Stanford’s Missy Penna named USA Softball Player of the Week for March 23-29

March 31, 2009, 1:51 p.m. (ET)

OKLAHOMA, Okla. --- The Amateur Softball Association announced today that Stanford senior pitcher Missy Penna (Miami, Fla.) was named the USA Softball Player of the Week for the week of March 23-29. Leading the Cardinal to No. 2 in this week’s Top 25 poll, Penna tossed 34.1 innings, fanned 45 batters, beat three ranked teams and held the then No. 2 Washington Huskies scoreless for 18 consecutive innings.

“It’s such an honor to be chosen by USA Softball among so many great players,” said Penna. “My team was really behind me this weekend, played great defense and came through to score runs in key situations. I’m excited by how our team is playing right now and hope to carry that momentum into the rest of the Pac-10 season.”

She won two pitcher’s duels with Washington ace Danielle Lawrie, enough to tie Stanford’s school win record (105), move into ninth place on the Pac-10’s career strikeout list and build her ongoing school shutout record to 45.

“We are very excited that Missy won the USA Softball National Player of the Week,” said Stanford head coach John Rittman. “She has worked extremely hard not only her entire career, but this year as well. She is leading our team both off and on the field and this is great honor for her and our program.”

Penna began the week with a 10-inning marathon against No. 25 Cal Poly where the Cardinal won 2-1. In the game, she shattered her own school single-game record with 19 strikeouts.

In conference play, Penna became just the second pitcher this season to beat Washington with its ace in the circle, then repeated the feat in her second game against the Huskies Sunday. Penna fanned 13 in an 11-inning marathon on Saturday, then returned less than 24 hours later and held tight for seven more innings to take home another win on Sunday.

Penna was previously a USA Softball Player of the Week during the 2008 season for the week of Feb. 4-10.

About ASA

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

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