Megan Hensley propels Louisville to series sweep to earn Collegiate Player of the Week

May 01, 2018, 2:47 p.m. (ET)

OKLAHOMA CITY — The difference-maker for her team in an Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) series against Boston College, Louisville junior Megan Hensley (Ashland, Ky.) has been named the Week 12 USA Softball Collegiate National Player of the Week, USA Softball announced today.  Hensley, who got it done for the Cardinals both in the circle and at the plate, scored at least once in each game while going 3-1 in the circle.

"I am grateful and honored to receive this award," said Hensley. "It also belongs to my teammates and coaches, because we work together every day to become better."

Hensley got the start in a mid-week ACC matchup against then-No. 8 Florida State.  Despite suffering a 3-1 loss in the circle, Hensley plated the lone run of the game for the Cardinals with a solo home run.  In the series-opener against Boston College, Hensley used two home runs to drive in all four runs for the Cardinals while picking up her first win of the weekend in the circle.  Finishing the game with a 2-for-3 outing at the plate, Hensley struck out five batters while allowing just one run in six and one-third innings in the circle.  She again proved to be the difference-maker in the second game of the series, as a two-run single handed Louisville the 3-2, series-clinching win.  She also picked up her second win of the weekend, fanning one batter through the first five innings of play.  In the series finale, she tossed a complete-game shutout while driving in two runs in a 2-for-3 showing in the batter’s box.  From the circle, she allowed just four hits while striking out one.

"I'm happy for Megan to earn this recognition," said Louisville Head Coach, Sandy Pearsall. "What she did last weekend is a tribute to her toughness and work ethic. She's obviously a very good hitter and she works extremely hard on her pitching. She comes to every practice and every game ready to play."

On the week, Hensley started all four games and notched three wins in the circle with a 1.25 ERA. She held Boston College batters to a .230 batting average while tossing 16 and one-third out of 22 and one-third total innings for the Cardinals. At the plate, she posted a .500 (6-for-12) batting average, scoring five times and blasting three home runs while driving in nine RBI.  She amassed a 1.333 slugging percentage while accumulating a .500 on-base percentage.

This marks the first USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year honor for Hensley and the first for an athlete from Louisville since Katie Keller earned the honor in Week 14 of the 2014 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

Week 2 (Feb. 12-18): Kylee Hanson – Florida State – RS Senior – Pitcher – Jupiter, Fla.

Co-Week 3 (Feb. 19-25): Kelly Barnhill – Florida – Junior – Pitcher – Marietta, Ga.

Co-Week 3 (Feb. 19-25): Rachel Garcia – UCLA – RS Sophomore – Pitcher – Palmdale, Calif.

Week 4 (Feb. 26-March 4): Jessica Hartwell – Texas Tech – Junior – Infield – Galt, Calif.

Week 5 (March 5-11): Alexis Osorio – Alabama – Senior – Pitcher – Riverside, Calif.

Week 6 (March 12-18): Madison Aurin – San Jose State – Junior – Pitcher/IF – Bakersfield, Calif.

Week 7 (March 19-25): Giselle “G” Juarez – Arizona State – Sophomore – Pitcher – Glendale, Ariz.

Week 8 (March 26-April 1): Paige Parker – Oklahoma – Senior – Pitcher – Independence, Mo.

Week 9 (April 2-8): Sydney Sherrill – Florida State – Freshman – Infield – Moore, Okla.

Week 10 (April 9-15): Rachel Garcia – UCLA – RS Sophomore – Pitcher – Palmdale, Calif.

Week 11 (April 16-22): Holly Speers – Kent State – Senior – Infielder – Surrey, B.C.

Week 12 (April 23-29): Megan Hensley – Louisville – Junior – Pitcher – Ashland, Ky.

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