OKLAHOMA CITY – The Amateur Softball Association (ASA) of America is pleased to announce that the University of Florida’s Michelle Moultrie (Jacksonville, Fla.) has been selected the USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Week for the Week of Feb. 21-27. Moultrie played a key role in Florida’s rise to No. 3 in the ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate Top 25 poll after hitting .588 on the weekend in one of the mostly highly competitive tournaments of the season, the Cathedral City Classic in Palm Springs, Fla.
The junior centerfielder had the game-winning or game-tying RBI in three of Florida’s five games at the Cathedral City Classic, including a victory over then-No. 3 (tie) UCLA with a double to left field and two RBI. She also hit a double to left field against then-No. 12 Texas for two RBI in the bottom of the ninth for the win and an RBI triple against Utah.
"It's a big honor for me to be named National Player of the Week. I just want to thank God for blessing me and our team,” said Moultrie. “It was really fun for us to be out in California playing good softball against good competition."
Against San Diego State, she scored the game-tying run after reaching on a single. On the weekend she hit .588 (10-for-17) with three triples including a career-high two against Utah. She was a perfect 3-for-3 with two triples and a single against Utah. She posted nine RBI on the weekend, drawing three walks.
"I'm very thankful for USA Softball's recognition of Michelle and her performance last week at the Cathedral City Classic," Florida Head Coach Tim Walton said. "Sometimes Michelle flies under the radar, but last week, she was a huge difference-maker offensively and defensively in all five our games. Michelle is not only our lead-off batter and center fielder, but she is one of the most exciting players to watch."
Her offensive contribution helped Florida extend its record to 5-0 against Top 25 competition and the second best start in program history at 14-0.
This is the first-time honor for Moultrie.
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/.