St. John's and DePaul Earn Softball Weekly Awards

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - St. John's senior catcher/third baseman Kacee Cox was selected as the BIG EAST Softball Player of the Week and DePaul sophomore Kirsten Verdun was named BIG EAST Softball Pitcher of the Week after the 12th week of action. 
 
Cox led the Red Storm to a 5-0 week with a .733 batting average, a .789 on-base percentage and a 2.000 slugging clip.  In 15 at-bats, she recorded 11 hits, 11 RBI, six home runs and scored six runs.  The senior blasted at least one home run in every game, including two in the opener against Connecticut and an extra-inning walk-off in the nightcap against the Huskies.  Cox helped St. John's lock up a spot in the BIG EAST Championship for the first time since 2009.
 
Verdun struck out 51 batters in 41.1 innings of work for a 1.54 ERA last week.  The sophomore started every game to earn a 4-1 record for the Blue Demons, who have secured a spot in the BIG EAST Championship.  In a doubleheader split with Syracuse, Verdun had 27 strikeouts, recording a career-high 12 in the first game before eclipsing that mark with 15 strikeouts in the nightcap.  In addition to her pitching prowess, Verdun also batted .556 with three game-winning hits last week.
 
BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll
Jennifer Esteban, Louisville, Jr., OF
Esteban batted .538 with a .538 on-base percentage and a .769 slugging percentage in four wins for the Cardinals.
Dani Miller, Notre Dame, Sr., 1B
Miller homered in four-straight games, and five times last week, for a 1.412 slugging percentage in six games.
Laura Winter, Notre Dame, So., P
Winter tossed 38 strikeouts and scattered 12 hits in four outings for a 1.52 ERA for the Fighting Irish.
Alyssa Landrith, Rutgers, Fr., P
Landrith threw her first-career perfect game in a 1-0 win against Iona, becoming the first Scarlet Knight to accomplish the feat since 2000. 
Jenna Caira, Syracuse, Sr., P
Caira struck out 35 batters last week to become the first pitcher in BIG EAST history with 1,000 career strikeouts.