OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – The Amateur Softball Association (ASA) is pleased to announce that Florida's Kelsey Bruder (Corona, Calif.) has been named the USA Softball Player of the Week for the Week of May 4-10. Bruder helped lead the Florida Gators to an SEC Tournament title, hitting .571 while being named to the SEC All-Tournament Team.
The sophomore utility player hit .571 with four hits, four runs scored, two doubles, a home run and five RBI. She registered nine total bases for a 1.286 slugging percentage. She walked twice and tallied a .700 on-base percentage to help the Florida Gators go 3-0 in the tournament.
"It's an honor to win this award when there are so many great players out there. It was amazing to win the SEC Tournament for the second time and I am really looking forward to the NCAA Tournament, especially because we get to play the first round in front of our fans!,” said Bruder, who is receiving this award for the first time in her career.
Bruder was key in the three wins as she scored the winning run in the win over then No-16 Tennessee to advance to the Championship Game. She went 2-for-2 in the Tennessee game with a home run, one of three in a row, and a double. Against No.3 Alabama in the Championship Game, she went 2-for-3 with a double and single and two RBI.
"Kelsey did an outstanding job for us in the SEC Tournament,” said Florida Head Coach Tim Walton. “It was great to win a second championship and her play is a big part of that. We definitely look forward to her contributions in the post-season. She has really had an All-American year on the field and at the plate."
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/.