April 26, 2011

Softball Players of the Week

Softball (for the week ending April 24, 2011)

Division I

Player of the Week

Stephanie Pasquale – Temple University
Freshman, Catcher, Pompton Lakes, N.J.

Pasquale helped Temple take control of first place in the conference as she hit .714 in a 2-0 week for the Owls. She went 3-for-4 with two RBI in a 9-1 win against Saint Louis, registering two of those hits and both RBI in the decisive seventh inning that saw the Owls score nine times to get the win. Pasquale also drove in Temple’s only run in a 1-0 win in the second game of the series with the Billikens. She went 5-for-7, did not strikeout and earned a .750 on-base percentage on the week.

Pitcher of the Week

Sara Plourde – University of Massachusetts
Junior, RHP, Bristol, Conn.

Plourde pitched every inning for Massachusetts this past week while earning a 5-1 record, including four shutouts, a 0.49 ERA and 67 strikeouts in 43 innings pitched. Plourde went 2-0 in conference play, throwing a complete-game one-hit shutout with 12 strikeouts in game one of a doubleheader against George Washington. She then went all eight innings to get the 5-4 win in game two, allowing just one earned run and fanning 10 with no walks. Plourde opened the week with back-to-back shutouts against Connecticut and Fairfield.


Division II

Player of the Week

Kendall Bright – C.W. Post
Junior, Second Baseman, Manlius, N.Y.

Bright was 10-for-19 (.526) at the plate that included a double and three home runs for 11 RBI and six runs scored. In game one against New York Institute of Technology, Bright was 2-for-3 at the plate with two homers, including a two-run shot in the fourth, for three RBI and two runs. She went 3-for-4 in the first game against Mercy with three RBI, including a solo shot.

Pitcher of the Week

Jessie Stavola – Dowling University
Senior, RHP, Montauk, N.Y.

Stavola had a 0.94 ERA last week, giving up just three earned runs in three starts, while also striking out 42. The highlight of the week came when she pitched her first-career perfect game against Queens College in East Coast Conference action, striking out 14 on the day.


Division III – New England

Player of the Week

Marley Balasco – Norwich University
Senior, Catcher, Barrington, R.I.

Balasco was dominant at the plate to help lead Norwich to a 4-2 week and put the Cadets in prime position for a playoff spot. The senior went 17-for-25 for a .680 batting average with five home runs, 17 RBI, 14 runs scored, four walks and one stolen base. Her two home runs in consecutive plate appearances helped NU rally from an early 2-0 hole to defeat Mount Ida.

Pitcher of the Week

Maddie Kluna – Saint Joseph’s College (ME)
Junior, RHP, Standish, Maine

Kluna was 2-0 with a 0.50 ERA and 10 strikeouts in 14 innings last week. She tossed a six-inning perfect game with four strikeouts in a win over Lasell College on Friday.

Division III – Upstate

Player of the Week

Sara Morse – Buffalo State College
Senior, Second Baseman, Painted Post, N.Y.

Morse hit .571 (12-for-21) with two doubles, three RBI and three runs scored in a 4-2 week for the Bengals. Morse had at least one hit in all six games, and went 4-for-4 with a double and an RBI and slid home for the game-winning run on a wild pitch in the first of two 5-4 comeback wins against Oneonta on Friday.

Pitcher of the Week

Janine Montera – SUNY Geneseo
Senior, LHP, Deer Park, N.Y.

Montera went 4-1 in five appearances, including a 7-0 shutout of Buffalo State on Tuesday, a 5-0 shutout of Potsdam on Friday and a 2-1 win over No. 15 Plattsburgh on Saturday. She totaled 33 strikeouts in 35 innings, including 10 versus the Bears. She finished the week with a 1.40 ERA.


Division III – Metro

Player of the Week

Nicolina Veneziano – Rowan University
Junior, Outfielder, Bloomfield, N.J.

Veneziano hit .800 (8-for-10) with a triple, a home run, two stolen bases, six RBI and six runs scored during a 4-0 week. She hit safely in all four contests and produced three multiple-hit games as Rowan extended its winning-streak to five games. She opened the week by going a combined 3-for-4 with a home run, a stolen base, four RBI and two runs scored in a doubleheader sweep of Rutgers-Newark. She finished the week by going a combined 5-for-6 with a triple, two RBI and four runs scored in a doubleheader sweep of defending champion Kean.

Pitcher of the Week

Lyndsay Buehler – Ramapo College
Senior, RHP, River Vale, N.J.

Buehler surrendered just one earned run in 14 total innings of work while striking out 22 during two New Jersey Athletic Conference victories. She first gave up just four hits and no runs while striking out 11 during a 4-0 complete game shutout of New Jersey City University. One day later, she allowed just four hits and one run while striking out 11 during a 3-1 NJAC road win at Rutgers-Newark.

Division III – South

Player of the Week

Brittany Smith – Penn State-Altoona
Freshman, Second Baseman, Bellefonte, Penn.

Smith had a huge week at the plate, helping the Lions go 4-2 in conference play. She went 11-for-22 with two doubles, two triples and a home run, including hitting for the cycle against Medaille. The freshman racked up seven RBI, eight runs scored and was successful on 2-of-3 stolen base attempts.  

Pitcher of the Week

Julianne Roper – Stevenson University
Senior, RHP, Baltimore, Md.

Roper won three games last week for the Mustangs, who are within one game of reaching the 20-win plateau for the second-straight season. In four appearances, Roper allowed just one earned run on nine hits while fanning 16 in 24 innings. She threw a pair of complete game 1-0 victories at Randolph-Macon. She also picked up a shutout victory at McDaniel to set a team record for pitching wins in a season.