April 9, 2013

Softball Players of the Week - April 9, 2013

Division I

Player of the Week

Sarah Schutz – Iona College

Freshman, Infield, Tarpon Springs, Fla.

Schutz collected six hits this week for the Gaels, including four for extra bases, resulting in a team leading three home runs and nine runs batted in. Schutz went 3-8 over two games in a doubleheader at Hartford, including a 2-3, three RBI performance in game one, where she connected on her third home run of the season.  In game two, Schutz went yard again, this time driving in two in the contest. Schutz had an RBI in the Gaels' game two victory over Siena on Saturday, before two hits against Manhattan in the game one of the doubleheader. She went 2-4 in the contest, connecting on a solo home run, her fifth of the season and fourth in the last seven games, before pushing across a go-ahead two run ground rule double later in the contest.

Pitcher of the Week

Olivia Galati – Hofstra University

Senior, West Babylon, N.Y.

Galati had a week for the ages, going 4-1 with a save while throwing two no-hitters (including a six-inning perfect game) while allowing just one run in the entire week. She allowed just one earned run in 36 innings for a staggering 0.19 ERA. She had 62 strikeouts and allowed just two extra-base hits. She posted four shutouts in allowing just 10 hits in the entire week. She shutout Drexel in all three game for a series sweep. On Sunday, she threw a perfect game in Game 1 and tossed a no-hitter in the second game. On the day, she retired the side in order in 12 of 13 innings and the only hit she allowed was an infield single. In the first game, Galati struck out the first 10 Drexel batters to tally 23 total strikeouts on the day (13 first game,10 in the second).  Galati also picked up her first save of 2013 against Rutgers, getting the final nine outs in relief of Victoria Cabral. She also batted .333 on the week with three RBIs and four runs scored. Against Marist, she not only threw a complete-game shutout, she also drove in the game’s only run with a RBI single in the 1-0 victory. 


Division II


Player of the Week

Kristen Knorr, Caldwell College

Sophomore, Outfield/Third Base, Monroeville, N.J.

Knorr batted .469 (15-for-32) with 11 runs, four doubles, a triple and six runs batted in to lead the Cougars to a 10-0 record last week. She went 4-for-7 with two doubles, a triple and four runs in a sweep of Chestnut Hill and went 5-for-7 with a double, two runs and five RBI in two wins over Holy Family. For the week, Knorr posted an on base percentage of .486 and a slugging percentage of .656.
Pitcher of the Week

Amber Padilla - Caldwell College

Freshman, Chino, Calif.

Padilla went 3-0 with an ERA of 0.00. She tossed three shutouts while striking out 15 in 20 innings pitched last week. Padilla blanked defending East Region champion Southern Connecticut, limiting them to four hits while striking out four and walking three in seven innings. She pitched a six-hit shutout in a seven-inning win at Post and limited Holy Family to three hits in six innings while fanning a career-high eight batters and walking three in an 8-0 win.


Division III – New England

Player of the Week

Arielle Cooper - Eastern Connecticut State University

Senior, Mystic, Conn.
Cooper batted .714 (15-for-21) with eight extra base hits and nine runs driven in to help Eastern Connecticut post a 6-2 mark this past week. She registered two doubles, a triple, and five home runs to boast a 1.619 slugging percentage.  Cooper established a new Eastern Connecticut career record for home runs (33), surpassing the previous standard by launching a round tripper in each of her first five games of the week.  In a doubleheader sweep of Lesley, Cooper went a combined 7-for-8 with two doubles, a triple, two home runs, and five RBI.  She went 3-for-4 with a run scored as Eastern Connecticut nearly upset sixth-ranked Tufts on April 7.


Pitcher of the Week

Allyson Fournier | Tufts

Sophomore, South Windsor, Conn.

Fournier won four games during a busy week for Tufts, two as a starter and two in relief. She pitched her second no-hitter of the season and fifth of her career at Bowdoin on Friday, striking out 17. In three appearances covering 14 innings at Bowdoin, she did not allow a hit or a run and struck out 31 batters. She went three innings in game two of the series at Bowdoin as Tufts came back from a 2-0 deficit. She pitched four innings without allowing a hit in a game three start at Bowdoin.

Division III – Upstate


Player of the Week

Tori Trovato – SUNY Oswego

Freshman, Shortstop, Fulton, N.Y.

Trovato hit .625 from the plate with a .647 on-base percentage and a 1.062 slugging percentage over the weekend. After going hitless in the first game against Buffalo State, Trovato went 4-for-4 in the nightcap with three runs scored, four RBI and two homeruns. On Saturday against Fredonia, she had a pair of three-hit games scoring six runs and driving in four runs. Trovato currently leads the team in batting average (.400), slugging percentage (.580) and on-base percentage (.444).


Pitcher of the Week

Amber Carozza – SUNY New Paltz

SR, Milton, NY

Carozza threw two shutouts and compiled a 2-0 record in a 4-2 week for the Hawks. In game one of a doubleheader against SUNY Potsdam on April 5, she threw her first career no-hitter, issuing one walk and striking out nine in New Paltz's 15-0, five-inning victory. Carozza followed that feat up with another shutout the following day, tossing a two-hitter in the Hawks' 3-0 triumph in the front end of a doubleheader against SUNY Plattsburgh. She also struck out three against the Cardinals. For the season, Carozza ranks first on the team and third in the SUNYAC in ERA (1.80), and she leads New Paltz in strikeouts with 30.

Division III – Metro


Player of the Week

Stefanie Solari, College of Staten Island
Junior, First Base/Pitcher, Old Bridge, N.J.
Solari has been named the CUNYAC/Applebees Softball Player of the Week for the week of 4/1– 4/7. The junior hit safely in seven straight games for the Dolphins. The New Jersey native had a .520 (13-for-25) batting average with 11 RBI’s, eight runs scored, three doubles, one triple and one homerun. In a doubleheader against St. Joseph’s of Brooklyn, the first baseman went a perfect 7-for-7 with one of the hits being a homerun, and recorded eight RBI’s and three runs scored.  Staten Island went 6-2 for the week to improve its season record to 10-7.

Pitcher of the Week

Nicole Flint – Baruch College
Senior, Brentwood, N.Y.
Flint has been named the CUNYAC/Applebees Softball Pitcher of the Week for the week of 4/1 – 4/7. The captain pitched in five games during the week and logged 27.0 innings. The senior allowed 15 hits (only one extra base hit), seven runs (four earned), four walks while striking out 21. The Brentwood native recorded a 1.33 ERA and went 3-2. In a win over CUNYAC opponent John Jay, Flint threw a complete game one hitter and struck out nine. Three days later in a doubleheader against Brooklyn, Flint picked up two victories and pitched a combined 12 shutout innings, allowing six hits and striking out eight. Baruch went 4-3 for the week and improved its CUNYAC record to 4-0.


Division III – South


Player of the Week

Allie White – Neumann University

Sophomore, Outfield, Woolwich, N.J.

White batted .700 (14-20) on the week and had the 100th hit of her career. She had a slugging percentage of 1.150 and an on-base percentage of .769. She had 15 runs scored and batted in 14. Of her 14 hits, 2 were home-runs, 2 were doubles, and 1 was a triple.

Pitcher of the Week

Rachel Johnson – Salisbury University

Sophomore, Preston, Md.

Johnson was named the Softball Pitcher of the Week for the fifth time in the last six weeks.  She posted wins in all three appearances this week, including two complete-game outings and one in relief.  In 17 innings, Johnson allowed 10 hits and two walks while striking out 33 opponents.