Stephen F. Austin’s Kassidy Wilbur shines in Week 1 to earn USA Softball Collegiate National Player of the Week accolades

Feb. 12, 2019, 3:49 p.m. (ET)

OKLAHOMA CITY — A big week in the circle for Stephen F. Austin's freshman pitcher Kassidy Wilbur (Bridge City, Texas), including four wins during opening week of the 2019 NCAA Softball season, helped land her Week 1 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Week.  Announced today by USA Softball, this marks the first USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Week award for both Stephen F. Austin and Wilbur, whose efforts over the week contributed to Stephen F. Austin capturing the 2019 Bulldog Kickoff Classic.

 

“It felt so amazing knowing that I have a team behind me willing to do anything to help win,” Wilbur said. “I knew as soon as we stepped out onto the field we were there for business, and I wasn’t going to let anyone get in our way. I couldn’t do anything without my amazing team behind me making plays. Being able to pitch at the Division I level is amazing. I always like a good challenge and I knew they (Mississippi State) weren’t going down without a fight.”

 

In their first game against Valparaiso, Wilbur fanned 15 batters to set the program record for most strikeouts by a Ladyjack making her debut en route to a 6-2 victory. Wilbur continued that momentum the next day and tossed her second complete game, striking out six in the Ladyjack’s 7-1 win over Middle Tennessee. The right-hander entered the circle to pitch one inning of relief, striking out a pair of batters as Stephen F. Austin won in walk-off fashion, 2-1, to complete their sweep of Middle Tennessee. Despite falling to Mississippi State earlier in the tournament, Wilbur tossed her third complete game of the weekend where she struck out the side in order in the bottom of the seventh inning to clinch the Ladyjack’s 1-0 shutout of the tournament hosts.

  

“Congratulations to Kassidy on her hard work and nationally-recognized achievement,” said Stephen F. Austin Head Coach Nicole Dickson. “How she competes daily, trains in the bullpen and practices is exactly why she was prepared for this opening weekend. This is just who she is – competitive excellence with every rep. She makes the game simple and just goes out and executes.”

 

For the week, Wilbur went 4-0 with 32 strikeouts through 22 innings.  The freshman right-hander also saw time at the plate, contributing with two RBI while committing zero errors in the field.

  

2019 USA Softball National Collegiate Players of the Week
Week 1 (Feb. 7-10): Kassidy Wilbur – Stephen F. Austin – Freshman – Pitcher – Bridge City, Texas

 

About USA Softball

USA Softball is a 501(c)(3) not-for profit organization headquartered in Oklahoma City, Okla., and is designated as the National Governing Body (NGB) of Softball in the United States and a member of the United States Olympic Committee. One of the nation’s largest sports organizations, USA Softball sanctions competition through a network of Local Associations, which includes all 50 states and select metro associations, and has grown from a few hundred teams in the early days to over 120,000 teams today, representing a membership of more than 2 million.  USA Softball is dedicated to providing people of all ages the opportunity to play the game they love at a variety of levels by offering recreational, league, tournament and competitive play for fast pitch, slow pitch and modified pitch.  USA Softball annually conducts thousands of tournaments throughout the country including over 100 National Championships.  The USA Softball umpire program is among the nation’s largest and are widely known as the best trained umpires in the game. 

 

As the NGB for the sport of softball, USA Softball is responsible for training, equipping and promoting the six USA Softball National Teams that compete in events such as the Olympics, Pan American Games, World Championships and other international and domestic events. For more information on USA Softball, including its founding and history as the Amateur Softball Association of America (ASA), please visit, www.USASoftball.com.

 

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