March 5, 2013
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - University of Louisville softball player Katie Keller has been named the Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division I Player of the Week and becomes the first player in program history to earn USA Softball National Collegiate Player of the Week honors. Both awards were announced on March 5.
Keller, a junior from Livermore, Calif., helped lead the Cardinals to a 4-1 performance in the 2013 Citrus Classic. The second baseman batted .667 (8 for 12) with three doubles, seven runs and two RBIs. As the Cards' leadoff hitter in four of five games on the weekend, she also drew seven walks for an on-base percentage of .800 and registered a .917 slugging percentage. Keller had at least one hit and one walk in every game and scored at least one run in four of the Cards' five games on the weekend. Against No. 11 LSU, she went 2 for 2 with two runs and two walks. She was also 2 for 2 in wins over Temple and Georgia Tech.
Keller was also named BIG EAST Player of the Week on March 4 and Feb. 11. She currently leads the team with a .450 batting average, 22 runs and 20 RBIs on the season.
This marks the third time a Louisville player has earned NFCA Player of the Week honors. Tori Collins selected on April 17, 2012 and Chelsea Bemis became the first to earn the honor on April 27, 2010. It is the first time the Cardinals have had a player selected USA Softball National Collegiate Player of the Week since the award's inception in 2006.
No. 13/13 Louisville (16-3) will play host to No. 14/14 Michigan, Miami (Ohio), Austin Peay and Illinois State in the Red & Black Classic March 8-10 at Ulmer Stadium. The Cards will open the tournament Michigan Friday at 4 p.m.