Moultrie selected Player of Week
Notes: Brittingham notches first collegiate no-hitter
Florida’s Michelle Moultrie was selected as the USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Week after hitting .598 last weekend at the Cathedral City Classic.
Moultrie, a junior centerfielder, had the game-winning or game-tying RBI in three of Florida’s five games, including a victory against then-No. 3 UCLA, with a double to left field and two RBI. She also hit a double to left field against then-No. 12 Texas for two RBI in the bottom of the ninth for the win and an RBI triple against Utah.
Against San Diego State, she scored the game-tying run after reaching on a single. For the week, she hit .588 (10-for-17) with three triples including two against Utah. She had nine RBI on the weekend and three walks. Her offensive contributions helped Florida extend its record to 5-0 against top-25 competition and earn the second-best start in program history at 14-0.
Moultrie’s teammate, freshman Hannah Rogers, was named the SEC Pitcher of the Week after recording three wins for the Gators in Cathedral City against Indiana, then-No. 11 Texas and then-No. 2 UCLA. Rogers struck out 22 on the weekend in 16.2 innings of work, allowing just one run on nine hits and walking three. This is the third consecutive week that a Gator has earned SEC Pitcher of the Week honors, as Stephanie Brombacher won the award in the first two weeks of the 2011 season.
Need to Know
• Salisbury junior pitcher Erika Brittingham was named the NFCA Division III National Player of the Week for games played Feb. 21-28. Brittingham went 2-0 in to starts with a 1.00 ERA. She pitched her first collegiate no-hitter in a 4-0 win against Roanoke and followed that with a complete-game 9-2 win at Methodist. Both games were played at the Methodist Early Bird Tournament. Brittingham struck out 29 batters in 14 innings pitched, walked none and allowed just three hits. At the plate, she went 4-for-7 (.571 BA) with two RBI.
• Missouri Western senior Toni Dance was named the NFCA Division II National Player of the Week. Dance helped the Griffons to a 5-1 week, going 12-for-20 with 10 runs, 11 RBI, two doubles, five home runs, three walks and two stolen bases. She finished the week with a .600 batting average, a .667 on-base percentage and a 1.450 slugging percentage. She homered in five of her team’s six games, including a grand slam against Illinois-Springfield.
• North Carolina freshman Lori Spingola was named the NFCA Division I National Player of the Week, going 4-0 in four starts and five appearances last weekend. She had a 0.52 ERA over 27.0 innings of work, allowing two earned runs, two walks and striking out 33, including 14 K’s in a 7-0 win over UNC Wilmington. In the Tar Heels 3-0 win over Penn State, she tossed a perfect game.
• Angelo State moved to the top of the NFCA Division II Top 25 poll, edging out Valdosta State by one point. The Rambelles (17-0) hold six of the 16 first-place votes and 389 points, while No. 2 Valdosta (4-0) has eight first-place votes and 388 points. North Georgia (17-2) received the remaining two first-place votes and stands third in the poll.
• Georgia senior Megan Wiggins went 4-for-6 with three home runs in wins over Texas A&M and Oregon State on Friday. She had three runs scored and four RBI against the Aggies with three runs scored and another homer against the Beavers. Wiggins earned SEC Player of the Week honors, hitting .467 with three homers, eight RBI and a 1.133 slugging percentage for the week. She also had the game-ending RBI in the Bulldogs 8-0, five-inning victory against Arizona.
• Torie Bunzell of Quincy earned NFCA Division II Pitcher of the Week honors, going 3-0 on the week with two shutouts, allowing one earned run on 10 hits with 47 strikeouts. She finished the week with a 0.27 ERA and held opponents to a .117 batting average. She had at least 15 strikeouts in each of her three appearances during the week. She had a season-high 17 strikeouts in a 4-3 12-inning victory against Fort Hays State.
• Texas sophomore RF Taylor Hoagland extended her Big 12-record hitting streak to 26 games at the Cathedral City Classic with hits in wins over Long Island (10-0, 5 inn) and Loyola Marymount (6-0) before having her streak snapped in Sunday’s UT win over UMass. The previous Big 12 record of 25 consecutive games with a hit was set by Nebraska’s Anne Steffan in 2005. Hoagland has hit safely in 63 of her 74 career games as a Longhorn.
• There are new No. 1 teams in both Division I polls this week. Georgia (14-1) takes over the top spot in the USA Today/NFCA Division I Poll, while Alabama stands at No. 1 in the ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate Top 25.
• Kennesaw State sophomore Sharon Swanson went 10-for-15 with three home runs including a grand slam and eight RBI in five games for the Owls last week, posting victories against Georgia Tech, Mississippi State, Bowling Green and Tennessee State en route to Atlantic Sun Player of the Week awards
• April Jowers of Armstrong Atlantic went 10-for-15 on the week with eight runs and seven stolen bases
• Fresno State senior Caitlin Stiglich hit her fourth career grand slam in the Bulldogs’ 7-5 victory against UMass on Sunday at the Cathedral City Softball Classic.
• Missouri Western’s Jackie Bishop went 3-0 with 32 strikeouts on the week
• Blair Luna of Texas went 3-1 with four outings with 10 or more strikeouts last week
• Pacific’s Amy Moore earned Big West Player of the Week honors, hitting .625 (5-for-8) with a home run, six RBI and two doubles in games against Santa Clara, Oregon and San Jose State
• Long Beach State freshman Erin Jones-Wesley notched a 2-1 victory against then-No. 6 Oklahoma allowing six hits and striking out six.
• Kaitlyn Witte of West Texas A&M hit .643 with nine RBI to help the Buffs to a 6-0 week
• Linfield (4-0) received all eight first-place votes to remain No. 1 in the latest NFCA Division III poll.