OKLAHOMA CITY - The Amateur Softball Association (ASA) of America announced today that LSU’s Anissa Young (Fontana, Calif.) has been named the USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Week for the Week of April 4-10. With a sweep of then-No. 1 Alabama in a three game series, LSU leapt from unranked to the No. 19 position in the ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate Top 25 poll, also released today by ASA. Young’s performances secured the first sweep of the Crimson Tide in 57 series, dating back to 2004, with the last sweep also coming from LSU.
The junior infielder had a weekend to remember as the Tigers pounced Alabama, a team that had been ranked No. 1 since March 22. In the longest game in LSU program history, Young cranked a solo walk off blast in the 14th inning to claim the series opener, 2-1. This made Young the 29th player in program history to collect 100 career hits.
“This is certainly a fabulous and well-deserved honor for Anissa and our program. Our games with Alabama are always a battle to the end, and I give her all the credit for making the necessary adjustments during both at-bats to win those games,” said LSU Head Coach Yvette Girouard. “What she was able to do provided memories for a lifetime not only for herself, but her teammates as well.”
Her encore performance during Game 2 of the series was just as dramatic. Young belted a two-run shot in the 10th inning off three-time All-American and reigning SEC Pitcher of the Year Kelsi Dunne to extend her hitting streak to a career-long eight games. Young accounted for two runs in the 3-2 victory along with two RBI.
“I’m extremely happy, humbled and honored to win an award like this. I couldn’t have done it without the support of my teammates, and the atmosphere provided by the Tiger fans. The Alabama series is something I’ll never forget for those reasons,” said Young. “Both times at the plate I was just trying to get on-base because our team needed base runners. It was an unbelievable feeling to run around the bases and was very emotional to meet my teammates at home plate.”
This is the first-time honor for Young and first of the year for LSU.
The Top 25 Finalists for the USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year will be announced Wednesday at 3 p.m. CT. The winner of this prestigious award will come from the list of the 25 and be announced at the Opening Ceremonies of the 2011 NCAA Women’s College World Series in Oklahoma City.
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/.