OKLAHOMA CITY — Following an exceptional week in the circle for Arizona State, senior pitcher Dallas Escobedo (Glendale, Ariz.) has been named the USA Softball Collegiate National Player of the Week the Amateur Softball Association (ASA) of America and USA Softball announced today. The senior pitched the Sun Devils to four wins in the circle as she helped Arizona State to a 7-0 record throughout the course of the week and a 5-0 record at the Judi Garman Classic in Fullerton, Calif.
"I am absolutely honored to be recognized at the USA College Softball Player of the Week," said Escobedo. "While it is great to receive the personal recognition, we couldn't have had the performance we had this past weekend if we didn't come together as a team. It was important for us to go out last week and get back to playing Arizona State softball and we did that. This honor is a testament to all the hard work the girls on the team put in and we look forward to taking this momentum in Corvallis and the Pac-12 schedule beginning this weekend."
Escobedo kicked the weekend off with the fourth no-hitter of her career against Longwood, fanning 13 Lancer batters in the process. Two days later, Escobedo led the then-No. 7 Sun Devils against then-No. 4 Michigan squad, limiting the Wolverines to just one hit with nine strikeouts. Escobedo also made school history during the matchup against Michigan when she collected her 1,000th career strikeout, becoming just the second Sun Devil to reach the milestone and just the 14th player in Pac-12 history to accomplish the feat.
A day later, Escobedo stepped back into the circle against No. 14 Nebraska, where she led the Sun Devils to a shutout victory in extra innings. Escobedo limited the Huskers to just one hit while posting 10 strikeouts. In her final performance on the week, Escobedo gave up her only run in four games against Wisconsin while striking out six Badger batters.
"Dallas is pretty locked in right now," said Arizona State Head Coach Craig Nicholson. "She's making good pitches and she picking her spots. Any time she gets into tight situations, she's staying relaxed. The biggest thing for her is she's not walking anybody. She's throwing strikes and really attacking hitters. This honor obviously means a lot to us as a team and the hard work Dallas puts in each week to make us better. She is a leader on this team and this weekend was a perfect example of that."
On the week, Escobedo was 4-0 while holding opponents to a .060 batting average and totaling 38 strikeouts in 27 innings of work. She allowed just one earned run, three walks and three hit-by-pitches en route to a 0.26 ERA.
This is the third USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Week honor for Escobedo, who earned previous earned accolades during Week 1 of the 2011 season and Week 14 of the 2013 season.
2014 USA Softball National Collegiate Players of the Week
Week 1 (Feb. 6-9): Kylee Lahners - Washington - Junior - Infielder– Laguna Hills, Calif.
Week 2 (Feb. 10 -16): Aimee Creger - Tulsa - Senior - Pitcher– Yukon, Okla.
Week 3 (Feb. 17-23): Ally Carda – UCLA – Junior – Pitcher – Elk Grove, Calif.
Week 4 (Feb. 24 – March 2): Cheridan Hawkins – Oregon – Sophomore – Anderson, Calif.
Week 5 (March 3-9): Dallas Escobedo - Arizona State - Senior - Pitcher– Glendale, Ariz.
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