Missy Penna named as the USA Softball Collegiate National Player of the Week
Oklahoma City, Okla. – The Amateur Softball Association announced today the selection of Stanford pitcher Missy Penna (Miami, Fla.) as the first USA Softball National Collegiate Player of the Week for the 2008 season. With a 3-0 record, Penna helped lead the Cardinal to a perfect 4-0 weekend and a No. 14 ranking in this weeks ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate Top 25 poll.
“I am extremely honored to be chosen by USA Softball from so many outstanding players,” said Penna. “It was a great team effort this weekend and I give a lot of credit to my team for playing such great defense. I’m excited about the way we started the season and am looking forward to seeing our team develop the rest of this year.”
The 5’10” junior started the 2008 season with her third career no-hit performance. One fielding error from a perfect game, she matched her second-best performance of her career with 14 strikeouts in the 4-0 Cardinal victory over San Diego. She continued to dominate from the circle with two more shutouts during the weekend against Long Beach State. In the first match up, she allowed just two hits with six strikeouts in the Stanford 1-0 win. In game two, the outcome was the same with a 1-0 win while Penna fanned seven batters and allowed three hits.
“It is a great honor for Missy and our program to be recognized by USA Softball,” said Stanford head coach John Rittman. “Missy has worked extremely hard during the offseason to prepare for this year. She came out last weekend and really set the tone for our season. She showed what she’s capable of both in the circle and as a leader on our team. It exciting to watch her develop as a pitcher and we look forward to her continued success.”
For the weekend, Penna pitched 21 shutout innings, didn’t allow a walk, gave up just five hits to hold opponents to a .076 average and a 0.00 ERA. She also finished the weekend with 27 strikeouts in 21 innings pitched.
This is the first time Penna been honored as the USA Softball Player of the Week.
The Amateur Softball Association, founded in 1933, is the National Governing Body of softball in the United States and a member of the United States Olympic Committee. The ASA has become one of the nation’s largest sports organizations and now sanctions competition in every state through a network of 83 local associations. The ASA has grown from a few hundred teams in the early days to over 240,000 teams today, representing a membership of more than three million. For more information on the ASA, visit www.asasoftball.com.
About USA Softball
USA Softball is the brand created, operated and owned by the ASA that links the USA Men’s, Women’s, Junior Boys’ and Junior Girls’ National Team programs together. USA Softball is responsible for training, equipping and promoting these four National Teams to compete in international and domestic competitions. The USA Softball Women’s National Team is one of the only two women’s sports involved in the Olympic movement to capture three consecutive gold medals at the Olympic Games since 1996. The U.S. women have also won eight World Championship titles including the last six consecutive as well as claimed two World Cup of Softball titles. For more information about USA Softball, please visit http://www.usasoftball.com/.