March 10, 2014
BIG EAST Player of the Week
Kaitlin Fitzgerald, St. John’s, Fr., 3B
Fitzgerald finished the USF-Under Armour Showcase batting a BIG EAST weekly-best .529 (9-for-17) with four RBI, a pair of walks and a sacrifice fly to lead the Red Storm to a 3-3 weekend. Her on base percentage (.550) and hits were also league-best tallies. The freshman clean-up hitter went 4-for-6 in two games on Saturday including a 2-for-3 performance against Kansas.
BIG EAST Pitcher of the Week
Tori Free, St. John’s, Sophomore, P
Free finished the USF-Under Armour Showcase with a 2-1 record in four games started, pitching two complete games including a complete-game, two-hit shutout against Indiana State on Saturday. The sophomore finished the weekend with 18 strikeouts in 20.0 innings of work, holding opponents to a .138 batting average.
Weekly Honor Roll
Kelsey Allender, Creighton, Sophomore, OF
Allender hit .500 in two wins at the Rebel Spring Games this past weekend, going 3-for-6 at the dish. She led the team with three hits and two runs scored. One of those runs was scored on a wild pitch with two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning to complete a 4-3 come-from-behind win against UMass-Lowell on Sunday.
Becca Changstrom, Creighton, Senior, P
Changstrom gave up just two hits to Manhattan in a 4-0 complete game victory on Sunday. She struck out seven Jasper batters in the contest and held them to a .083 batting average. At the plate she ripped a two-RBI double to score the Jays' final two runs in the victory.
Danielle DeStaso, Seton Hall, Junior, P
DeStaso struck out 15 batters in a three-hit complete-game shutout against Quinnipiac on Saturday afternoon, falling just two strikeouts shy of the SHU single-game mark. She threw four more innings and added five more strikeouts to her weekly total against Maine on Sunday.
Megan Hyson, Georgetown, Junior, P/UT
Kate Poppe, Villanova, Sophomore, P
Hyson batted 7-of-16 on the weekend with a 4-for-4 game against Grand Canyon Friday. She also started three out of five games for the Hoyas in the UCLA/CSUN Invitational, throwing 19.0 innings, allowing 18 hits and 8 earned runs, holding fourth-ranked UCLA to only two earned runs and four hits in a 3-1 loss on Sunday evening.
Despite a pair of losses, Poppe was dominant on the mound throughout the weekend allowing two earned runs and four hits while striking out 25 batters. She had a no-hitter broken up against Boston College in extras.