Braden, Hyson Earn Season's Final Weekly Softball Awards

Allie Braden, DePaul

Allie Braden, DePaul

May 5, 2014

BIG EAST Player of the Week
Allie Braden, DePaul, Sr., SS
Braden batted .583, second-best among BIG EAST hitters last week, while totaling a league-high six runs and three extra-base hits. The senior drove in four and also collected a pair of stolen bases as DePaul finished conference play with an 18-1 mark for the highest winning percentage by a BIG EAST team since 2011. This is Braden’s first BIG EAST Player of the Week honor of the season and league-leading fifth by a DePaul player.

BIG EAST Pitcher of the Week
Megan Hyson, Georgetown, Jr., RHP
Hyson earned a pair of crucial complete-game shutouts against visiting Seton Hall last week, limiting batters to just four hits as the Hoyas swept the Pirates. Hyson surrendered just two extra-base hits and struck out five en route to a 0.00 earned run average. The sweep of Seton Hall allowed Georgetown to clinch just its second BIG EAST Championship berth in program history as the Hoyas landed the No. 3 seed.

BIG EAST Honor Roll
Kiarra Baldassari, Providence, So., OF
Baldassari batted a league-best .600 last week in a three-game series against the conference’s No. 2 pitching staff (Creighton) and in a non-conference tilt against Boston College. She added a pair of RBI and a double as well.
Tori Free, St. John’s, So., RHP
Free earned a pair of complete-game shutouts at Villanova, striking out five as the Red Storm clinched the No. 2 seed in the BIG EAST Championship.
Mac Millspaugh, Creighton, Jr., RHP
Millspaugh pitched to a 0.57 ERA in three appearances with her lone earned run coming at nationally ranked Missouri. She pitched three innings of scoreless work against league foe Providence as the Bluejays swept the Friars and earned the No. 4 seed in the BIG EAST Championship.
Chelsea Norwood, Butler, Fr., INF
Norwood batted .500 with three RBI and a pair of doubles against the conference’s top pitching lineup, breaking up DePaul’s bid for an undefeated league season. The rookie drove home the game winner in the Bulldogs’ Game 2 victory over the Blue Demons on Saturday.
Kirsten Verdun, DePaul, Sr., LHP
Verdun went 3-0 in the circle last week, totaling a league-best 23 strikeouts over 20 innings of work against top-50 opponent Northwestern and at Butler. She totaled a 1.75 ERA and allowed just two earned runs in two complete games against the Bulldogs.