Arizonas freshman ace named Player of the Week
OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Arizona’s Kenzie Fowler (Tucson, Ariz.) has been named the USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Week for the week of April 12- 18 announced today by the Amateur Softball Association (ASA) of America. The freshman pitcher picked up three wins in the circle over the weekend, the only Pac-10 pitcher to do so, in a sweep of then No. 10 Stanford.
“I’m proud to represent the University of Arizona with this special honor. This was a great weekend for us as a team,” said Fowler.
With the wins, Arizona (35-7) maintained a third place ranking in the ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate Top 25 poll, also announced today by the ASA. Stanford (30-9) dropped one spot to No. 11.
In the first two games of the series the Tucson, Ariz. native, and two-time Gatorade Player of the Year, tossed two complete game victories. In Game 1, Fowler struck out nine and allowed four hits in a 3-2 win. She followed on Saturday by tossing a two hitter and had plenty of support on the offensive side as the Wildcats won 10-2 in six innings.
“It’s a great honor for her and the team to be recognized by USA Softball. This is a well deserved honor because she’s been good for us all year,” said Arizona Head Coach Mike Candrea. “She’s young, but I think the big thing is that she’s been very stable for us throughout this entire year, and it’s great for her to be recognized.”
In the series finale she entered in relief and gave up just one run in 4.2 innings pitched to earn a 5-4 victory, her third of the weekend On the season, the freshman now holds a 24-5 record.
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 76 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/.
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