UNLV senior Janine Petmecky earns USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Week

May 08, 2018, 2:13 p.m. (ET)

OKLAHOMA CITY — UNLV’s Janine Petmecky (Riverside, Calif.) had herself a weekend at the plate and in the circle as she guided the Rebels to the program’s first series sweep over Fresno State.  Following her stellar performances on both sides of the ball, Petmecky has been named the Week 13 USA Softball Collegiate National Player of the Week, USA Softball announced today.  The leadoff batter for the Rebels reached base in her first 10 at-bats of the series while going nearly perfect at the plate with an .800 (8-for-10) batting average.

"I'm beyond grateful for this award,” said Petmecky.  “I would have never imagined receiving something like this. It's definitely a cool way to finish my time here during my final season at UNLV."

In the Mountain West series-opener in Fresno, Petmecky was perfect at the plate in a 4-for-4 showing.  With the game tied in the top of the seventh, Petmecky roped a triple and plated the game-winning run.  She also tossed her 13th complete game of the season, fanning five batters to earn the 4-3 win.  In the second game of the series, Petmecky continued with another perfect performance at the plate by going 2-for-2, including a home run.   Hitting a two-run blast in the fifth inning, Petmecky entered as pitcher in the bottom of the frame and pitched two and one-third scoreless innings to earn the save.  In the series finale, she had a 2-for-4 outing at the plate with an inside-the-park home run while tossing the last two outs of the game to seal the series sweep.

"Janine is a competitor and has done whatever she can to help the team win,” said UNLV Head Coach, Kristie Fox.  “She can do it all - pitch, play defense and hit and that is a lot to be juggling both physically and mentally. She really set the tone this weekend [in Fresno] and is very deserving of this honor."

On the week, Petmecky was nearly unstoppable at the plate.  With her .800 batting average, she collected four RBI while scoring six times with two home runs.  From the circle, she finished with a 1-0 record, a save, eight strikeouts and a 2.10 ERA in 10 innings pitched.

This marks the first USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year honor for Petmecky and the first for an athlete from UNLV.

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.

Week 13 (April 30-May 6): Janine Petmecky – UNLV – Senior – P/OF – Riverside, Calif.

About USA Softball
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