Record-setting opening weekend stat line earns Vanessa Shippy USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Week

Feb. 13, 2018, 3:19 p.m. (ET)

OKLAHOMA CITY — A near-perfect weekend at the plate helped land Oklahoma State utility player Vanessa Shippy (Coeur d’Alene, Idaho) the Week 1 USA Softball National Collegiate Player of the Week, USA Softball announced today.  This marks the first time Shippy has garnered the honor, while her performance also landed her Big 12 Conference Player of the Week accolades. 

"I'm honored to be named national player of the week and I give all the glory to God for this award,” said Shippy.  “I think this also says a lot about the way our team performed as a whole. My job since day one here has been to get on base for the people behind me, and I'm glad I've been able to do my part and put our team in a great spot to win games. We have such a powerful offense this year and if I can help out the team by being on-base consistently, I hope to do that all year long."

In their first game of the 2018 season, Shippy was perfect at the plate, going 3-for-3 with one walk against Oregon State and followed with another perfect 2-for-2 performance at the plate with two runs scored and two walks against then-No. 7 Arizona.  The next day, Shippy once again fueled the Cowgirls offense, going 3-for-4 with three RBI and one run scored while blasting a two-run home run in a win over Missouri. 

Shippy continued the momentum, going 1-for-2 against New Mexico with one RBI and three runs scored while closing out the Kajikawa Classic in style with a 2-for-3 outing including two RBI, three runs scored, two walks and another two-run home run.  

Shippy put on an incredible performance at the plate during the Kajikawa Classic, going 11-for-13 (.846) with nine runs scored, six RBI, five walks and two home runs.  She also recorded a .895 on-base percentage and a 1.308 slugging percentage.

“I'm thrilled for Vanessa because she's been so consistent and such a great player for our team in my time here,” said Oklahoma State Head Coach, Kenny Gajewski.  “She just plays with a different level of competitiveness than most kids and is an all-around great player. This is the first time since I've been here that she's gotten off to such a good start, so I'm excited to see what she does moving forward and I'm just happy for her. As proud as we are of her for what she's done on the field, we're even more impressed with the person she is off the field. She's a two-time, first-team Academic All-American and someone that is constantly serving out in the community. Vanessa is just an amazing kid and I'm thrilled for her to be recognized."

With her performance at the plate, Shippy sealed herself in the Oklahoma State softball record books, earning the top spot in career walks (125) while becoming just the eighth Cowgirl to log 200 career hits.

This marks the first USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Week for an athlete from Oklahoma State since Julie Ward earned the honor in Week Four of the 2010 season. 

2018 USA Softball National Collegiate Players of the Week
Week 1 (Feb. 8-11): Vanessa Shippy – Oklahoma State – Senior – Infield – Coeur d’Alene, Idaho

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