Georgia’s Brianna Hesson named USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Week

March 29, 2011, 9:46 a.m. (ET)

OKLAHOMA CITY – The Amateur Softball Association (ASA) of America and USA Softball announced today the selection of Georgia’s Brianna Hesson (Sugar Hill, Ga.) as the USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Week for the week of March 21-27. Hesson helped lead then-No.4 Georgia to a three-game sweep over then-No.2 Florida, marking the first sweep of the Gators in Gainesville since 2006, while hitting .452 during the series. 

The senior outfielder hit .500 on the week with a team best six runs scored, 10 RBI and five extra-base hits including tying for the team lead with three home runs. Eight of her RBI came against ranked Florida while the other two came in the victory over USC Upstate.

“Obviously, this is a big honor. It’s kind of overwhelming to hear the news. I’m more in shock right now than anything,” Hesson said. “The last couple of weekends I wasn’t staying the process of the game, and I was more worried about the outcome rather than pitch-to-pitch. Staying the process this week helped me have the performance that I did not only at the plate but defensively as well.

“Our whole team did outstanding this week. Morgan Montemayor put on a show, especially with a three-hitter in our third game at Florida. We went out Tuesday for practice and Coach (Lu) Harris-Champer gave us the insight to not only build from the previous weekend at Alabama but to also continue to fight and get one-percent better as a team, and that showed this past weekend. You can’t say enough about our defense that we kept battling and doing the little things that we need to do.”

In the opening game against Florida, Hesson drove in Georgia's first run on a two-out single, and in the seventh, Hesson hit a two-out, three-run home run that proved to be the difference in the 10-7 victory. She followed that performance with another two-out, three-run home run in the fourth to help Georgia rout Florida, 13-5, in Game 2. Hesson helped Georgia clinch the third game win, going 2-for-3 with one RBI.

“It’s a great honor for Bri to be named USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Week. I’m extremely proud of Bri. She is one of those players that works extremely hard and is always in it for her team,” said Georgia Head Coach Lu Harris-Champer. “She’s always puts her team first and is a selfless-hardworking player. I’m super excited for her success and this recognition for her.”

With the sweep, Georgia (27-4, 8-3 SEC) improved to No. 2 in the ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate Top 25 poll released earlier today by ASA.

This is the first-time honor for Hesson.

About ASA 
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/.

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