Stanford’s Penna Named Player of the Week

May 05, 2009, 1:58 p.m. (ET)

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – The Amateur Softball Association is pleased to announce that Stanford’s Missy Penna (Miami, Fla.) was named the USA Softball Player of the Week for the Week of April 27 –May 3. The senior completed her final home season on a high note, beating two top-10 teams and leading the Cardinal to a 3-0 weekend.

Penna beat two top-10 teams, allowing two of the nation’s top-three offenses just one combined run and three combined hits in 14 innings of work. Stanford went 3-0 and swept a weekend series with the Arizona schools for the first time in program history.

“I’m very honored to be chosen from among so many great players. Our team had a great weekend, and we’re excited about the way that we are playing right now,” said Penna. “A lot of credit should go to my catcher Rosey Neill, who is an important part of every pitch. We look forward to taking the momentum we built this weekend into next week and the postseason.” 

On Friday night, Penna became the first pitcher to hold then No.7 Arizona State scoreless in more than two months, since Feb. 22. She threw a two-hitter, struck out 11 and became the first active pitcher in the country to reach 1,200 career strikeouts this season.  

On Sunday, she one-hit the nation’s best offense, holding the then-No.8  Arizona Wildcats to just one run on one hit. Arizona averages nearly nine runs a game. She also struck out 13 batters in the game and helped Stanford take the series from the Wildcats for the first time in school history.

“Missy had an outstanding weekend. She has represented our program very well over her four years and this weekend really showed what she is capable of,” said Stanford Head Coach John Rittman. “We’re very proud of her accomplishments and look forward to having her lead us into postseason.”

For the weekend, Penna posted a 0.50 ERA with 24 strikeouts in 14 innings and an .065 opposing average while facing two of the best offensive teams in the country.

This is the second time this season Penna has been named Player of the Week with the first time being for the week of March 23-29.

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