OKLAHOMA CITY – The Amateur Softball Association (ASA) of America and USA Softball announced today that Florida’s Kelsey Bruder (Corona, Calif.) is the USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Week for the week of April 18-24. Bruder recorded two walk off hits over SEC rival Alabama helping Florida take the series.
"I'm so honored to have been chosen as National Player of the Week. This past series versus Alabama was an absolute thrill and I'm so glad I was able to come through for my teammates,” said Bruder. “Our success wouldn't have been possible without every single one of them."
The senior outfielder had two game-winning walk-off hits in Florida’s two wins over No. 3 Alabama, a first-pitch three-run homer in the bottom of the seventh in the Gators’ 6-5 win Saturday and an infield RBI single for the walk-off 3-2, nine-inning victory Sunday to take the series. In addition to her game-winning infield hit Sunday, Bruder also had a RBI on a single in the bottom of the eighth Sunday that counted as Florida’s first run of the game and started the rally to tie the game at two-all after eight innings.
"We are so honored for Kelsey to be recognized as USA Softball's Collegiate Player of the Week," Florida Head Coach Tim Walton said. "Kelsey's performance last weekend was an incredible feat; she was so instrumental in all of our victories. For her to be a clutch performer says a lot about her preparation and a lot about what team work is all about."
In the opening game loss, she tallied one of Florida’s three hits. She also had both a triple and a homer in Florida's mid-week defeat over UCF, accounting for three of the Gator's eight runs and RBI in the contest. On the week, she hit .438 with eight RBI and four runs scored.
For her accomplishments, she was named the SEC Player of the Week for the second consecutive week and the third time this season. This is the second Player of the Week honor for Bruder, who first received the honor on May 12, 2009, and is also the second for this season for a University of Florida athlete.
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/.