Arizona's ace Kenzie Fowler named USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Week
OKLAHOMA CITY – The Amateur Softball Association (ASA) of America announced today that the University of Arizona’s Kenzie Fowler (Tucson, Ariz.) was named the USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Week for the Week of March 28-April 3. From the circle, Fowler led the then-No. 7 Wildcats to a three-game sweep over then-No. 12 Stanford with two wins and a save.
"I'm honored to be named the USA Softball Player of the Week,” said Fowler. “Our team had a great week and I was happy to be a part of that success."
The sophomore appeared in all three games without giving up a run. She tossed two complete-game shutouts while entering to save the third. Fowler allowed just four hits on the weekend while pitching 15.1 of the 18 innings played. The Tucson native held the No. 12 Cardinal to a batting average of .085 in the three games.
For the save, she pitched 3.1 innings of one-hit ball, striking out three for her first save of the season. Her Sunday shutout of Stanford was her best outing of the year as she limited the Cardinal to two hits over seven innings while striking out 10. The two hits allowed were the fewest in a seven-inning complete game of the season for Fowler.
Fowler struck out 17 batters on the weekend while walking just seven. Fowler, who has not allowed an earned run since March 18 against Michigan, notched wins number 19 and 20 on the year while earning her first save of the season.
With the wins, Arizona (32-6, 3-0 Pac-10) improved to No. 5 in the ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate Top 25 poll, also released earlier today by ASA.
This award marks the first time this season and the second time in her career that Fowler has been selected as USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Week. In her freshman season, she was honored during the week of April 12-18, 2010. She was also a Top 10 Finalist for the 2010 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year Award.
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 210,000 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 nine World Championship titles including the last seven consecutive as well as claimed four World Cup of Softball titles. For more information about USA Softball, please visit http://www.usasoftball.com/.