Record-setting weekend in the circle lands Drake’s Nicole Newman final USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Week title of the season

May 14, 2019, 2:53 p.m. (ET)

OKLAHOMA CITY — After helping Drake become the first-ever Missouri Valley Conference (MVC) squad to sweep back-to-back regular season and conference tournament titles, Nicole Newman (Madison, Wis.) has earned the final USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Week honor for the 2019 season. Announced today by USA Softball, Newman recorded double-digit strikeouts in each outing in the circle at the MVC tournament while picking up her fifth perfect game of the season.

“I am truly honored to receive this award on the national level,” said Newman. “I am so excited for what’s in store next with this team as we head into the postseason.”

Pitching the Bulldogs to a 7-0 win over Bradley in the tournament-opener, Newman fanned 18 batters during her perfect outing while also contributing at the plate with two hits. Only three balls were put in play in Newman’s fifth career perfect game which set an NCAA single-season Division I record. Facing off against Northern Iowa in the title game, Newman pitched another complete game, retiring 13 batters via strikeout as Drake captured a 4-1 win.

 

For the week, Newman went 2-0 in the circle with 31 strikeouts and a 0.50 ERA en route to the MVP Tournament Most Valuable Player.

 

This is the first USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Week for Newman and first for an athlete from Drake.

  

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

Week 2 (Feb. 11-17): Zoe Casas – Florida State – Senior – Outfield – Rialto, Calif.

Co-Week 3 (Feb. 18-24): Danielle Gibson — Arkansas — Sophomore — Infield — Murrieta, Calif.

Co-Week 3 (Feb. 18-24): Andrea Scali — Kent State — RS Freshman — Pitcher — Parma, Ohio

Week 4 (Feb. 25-March 3): Meghan Beaubien — Michigan — Sophomore  — Pitcher — Newport, Mich

Week 5 (March 4-10): Jenna Cone — George Washington — Junior — Catcher — Trabuco Canyon, Calif.

Week 6 (March 11-17): Rachel Garcia — UCLA — RS Junior — Pitcher — Palmdale, Calif.

Week 7 (March 18-24): Maddi Hackbarth – Arizona State – Junior  Catcher— Oakdale, Calif.

Week 8 (March 25-31): Kristina Foreman – Duke – Freshman – Infield — Tampa, Fla.

Week 9 (April 1-7): Jazlyn Crowder – Louisiana Tech – Senior – Outfield – Kennedale, Texas

Week 10 (April 8-14): Keely Rochard — Virginia Tech — Sophomore — Pitcher — Williamsburg, Va.

Week 11 (April 15-21): Krystal Aubert – Sacramento State – Senior – Infield – Orangevale, Calif.

Week 12 (April 22-28): Odicci Alexander – James Madison – Junior – Pitcher/Infield – Boydton, Va.

Week 13 (April 29-May 5): Taran Alvelo – Washington – Senior – Pitcher – Carroll, Ohio

Week 14 (May 6-12): Nicole Newman – Drake – RS Senior – Pitcher – Madison, Wis.