PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Syracuse sophomore first baseman/catcher Jasmine Watson was selected as the BIG EAST Softball Player of the Week and USF sophomore Sara Nevins was named BIG EAST Softball Pitcher of the Week after the eighth week of action.
Watson hit .556 with an on base percentage of .600 and a 1.111 slugging clip in three victories for the Orange against Seton Hall. In nine at bats, she connected on five hits, including two doubles and a home run. Watson scored two runs and drove in five while also recording a walk. Her solo shot in the sixth inning of Game 1 ended up being the game-winning run for Syracuse. This is Watson's second Player of the Week honor.
Nevins collected three wins in three games for the Bulls, who improved to 8-0 in BIG EAST play. She struck out 28 batters in 15.1 innings of work for a 12.8 strikeouts-per-seven innings ratio. She flirted with perfection through the final out of the third game against St. John's before ending with a two-hitter. The lefty allowed just five hits in three games for an opponent batting average of .100 and an ERA of 0.91. She walked just one batter and has been integral in USF's 16-game winning streak. This is Nevins' sixth Pitcher of the Week honor; she has won five in a row.
BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll
Kiki Saveriano, Connecticut, Jr., P
Saveriano struck out 12 and allowed only two earned runs, collecting three wins and a save for UConn.
Kirsten Verdun, DePaul, So., P/1B
Verdun struck out 19 and had a 0.78 ERA while also smacking five hits, scoring five runs and driving in four for a .455 average and a .909 slugging percentage.
Tori Collins, Louisville, Sr., P
Collins dealt 11 strikeouts in 11 innings pitched, collecting two victories for the Cards while adding a one-hitter against Rutgers.
Holly Stevens, Pittsburgh, Jr., C
Stevens posted seven hits, five runs, two RBI and two home runs in three games for a 1.100 slugging percentage and .467 batting average.
Jenna Caira, Syracuse, Sr., P
Caira pitched 11 innings without allowing an earned run and struck out 16 batters in two wins for the Orange.