Florida's Moultrie earns USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Week
OKLAHOMA CITY — Michelle Moultrie of Jacksonville, Fla., is the USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Week for March 19-25, the Amateur Softball Association (ASA) of America announced today. The Florida senior batted a staggering .727 through the weekend registering a .750 on-base percentages and a 1.545 slugging percentage.
"It is truly an honor and a blessing to be named USA Softball's Collegiate Player of the Week,” said Moultrie. “I want to thank God, my coaches and my teammates for helping me to be the best that I can be."
The outfielder helped lead the No. 4 Gators to a three-game sweep over Southeastern Conference (SEC) foe Arkansas where they outscored the Razorbacks 14-2. Moultrie recorded three doubles and two home runs in Florida's fifth-consecutive sweep over the Razorbacks. Three of her four doubles this season came over the weekend, including two in one game Friday, where she had a season-best and career-tying 4-for-4 performance, becoming just the second Gator this season to have two doubles in a game.
Moultrie had multiple hits in all three games, while scoring runs and accounting for RBI in all three contests as well. She tallied one stolen base and one walk and contributed four total RBI. She now leads Florida with 15 multiple hit games this season and has hit safely in 22 of Florida's 31 games.
"This is a great accomplishment and honor for a great role model and athlete,” said Florida head coach Tim Walton. “Michelle carries our team every day, and this weekend was no exception - she's an invaluable asset to our program. Michelle is everything that you dream of as a player and person to represent the University of Florida and we're thankful to ASA/USA Softball for recognizing her this week."
This marks the second USA Softball Player of the Week award for Moultrie who earned the honor once in the 2011 season for her efforts February 20-27.
Week 1 (Feb. 9-12): Valerie Arioto - California - Redshirt senior - Utility – Pleasanton, Calif.
Week 3 (Feb. 20-26): Teagan Gerhart – Stanford – Junior – Pitcher – Norco, Calif.
Week 4 (Feb. 27-March 4): Jessica Cooley – Mississippi State – Junior – Outfielder – Birmingham, Ala.
Week 5 (March 5-11): Sara Nevins – South Florida – Sophomore – Pitcher - Pinellas Park, Fla.
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 200,000 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 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 five World Cup of Softball titles. For more information about USA Softball, please visit http://www.usasoftball.com/.