LOUISVILLE, Ky. – For her impressive efforts during the past week at both the plate and in the circle for No. 22 Georgia (25-7), Bulldog freshman pitcher/first baseman Geri Ann Glasco has been selected as the Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division I National Player of the Week for March 26.
The Watkinsville, Ga., native and reigning Southeastern Conference Freshman of the Week helped power UGA to a perfect 4-0 record over March 18-24, hitting an impressive .600 overall (6-for-10) with seven runs scored, five walks, five HR’s and eight RBIs. She also posted a 3-0 record from the pitching circle, while contributing to a pair of combined one-hit shutouts, and struck out eight over 12 innings of work. Glasco homered in all four of Georgia’s contests against Gardner-Webb and Ole Miss (three games), including blasting a big fly in three consecutive at-bats during a Saturday doubleheader versus the Rebels. For the week she slugged at a staggering 2.100 clip and posted an OPS mark of 2.788.
“Receiving this award is truly an honor, but none of this would be possible without the support of my coaches and my tremendous teammates who are dedicating themselves to our team and pushing each other daily to achieve our goals,” Glasco said. “In the end, what I am truly looking forward to is the opportunity for success that lies ahead of us as a team.”
Glasco currently leads No. 22 Georgia with a .452 batting average, a .935 slugging percentage and a .542 on-base percentage, is second in RBIs (39) and has now tied the mark for the most HR’s ever by a Bulldog freshman with 12. In the circle she possesses a squad-best 15-1 overall record to go along with a 2.17 ERA, nine complete games and 96 strikeouts over 93.2 frames of effort.
“Geri Ann has grown up watching Georgia softball,” UGA head coach Lu Harris-Champer said. “She embodies the enthusiasm, talent and work habit of players like Taylor Schlopy, Megan Wiggins and Alisa Goler that Georgia softball is about. She understands what it means to be a Georgia Bulldog, and we are so fortunate and proud to have her tremendous heart, talent and leadership to help carry the legacy of our great former players and our program into the future! This is a tremendous honor for Geri Ann and speaks volumes about what she brings to the field each and every day.”
Next up for the Red & Black is a visit from in-state foe Georgia Southern on March 27, before venturing to Fayetteville, Ark., to battle SEC Western Division foe Arkansas in a three-game series over March 29-30.
Other Selected Top Performances
Texas’ Blaire Luna was 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA, a pair of two-hit shutouts and 25 K’s over 16 innings as the Longhorns swept two games from then-No. 18 Baylor…Raven Chavanne of Tennessee batted .750 (9-for-12) with a double, a HR and five RBIs in guiding the Lady Vols to a sweep over then-No. 5 Texas A&M…California’s Jolene Henderson was 3-0 with a 1.33 ERA and three complete games in a series sweep of Utah while breaking the Golden Bears’ career win record (120 W’s) formerly held by Michele Granger…Notre Dame’s Emilee Koerner hit .900 (9-for-10) with two doubles, three HR’s and five RBIs in three run-rule wins over Seton Hall…Haley Ward of Norfolk State was tabbed as the MEAC Player of the Week after hitting .909 (10-for-11) in a three-game set versus Coppin State with seven runs scored, a HR and 12 RBIs…Florida’s Hannah Rogers was a perfect 3-0 with a 0.00 ERA and 26 K’s in 19 frames of effort with two complete-game shutouts during wins over USC Upstate and against Arkansas…Louisville’s Caralisa Connell was 2-0 with a 1.54 ERA and 26 strikeouts in 22.2 innings while also three-hitting No. 1 Oklahoma…Michigan’s Sierra Romero batted a perfect 1.000 (7-for-7) with three HR’s and seven RBIs in the Wolverines series against Purdue…Tennessee’s Ivy Renfroe was 3-0 with a 1.80 ERA and 16 K’s in 11 innings during UT’s sweep of #5 Texas A&M…Kourtney Salvarola of USF batted .429 (6-for-14) with a double, four HR’s and six RBIs and set a school record with three HR’s in a single game versus Rutgers…ACC Player of the Week Kirsty Grant went 5-for-6 (.833) with a HR and three RBIs as N.C. State swept a doubleheader from then-No. 22 Virginia Tech…California’s Lindsey Ziegenhirt won Pacific-12 Conference Player of the Week honors by batting .714 (5-for-7) with two HR’s and six RBIs in a sweep of Utah…DePaul’s Staci Bonezek hit .583 (7-for-12) with two HR’s and nine RBIs in a sweep of Providence on the way to earning a selection on the BIG EAST Honor Roll…Cheridan Hawkins of Oregon earned Pac-12 Pitcher of the Week by tossing eight scoreless innings in earning a pair of victories against No. 15 Stanford…Hawai’i’s Leisha Li’ili’i blasted three HR’s and knocked in five runs while hitting .556 (5-for-9) in a series versus Cal State Northridge…Rider’s Dana Sensi batted .556 (10-for-18) with a HR and six RBIs on her way to earning MAAC Rookie of the Week…OVC Co-Player of the Week Alexa Becker of Murray State hit .467 with two HR’s and six RBIs as the Racers went 4-2 overall last week…Savannah State’s Torrian Wright was chosen MEAC Freshman of the Week after batting .636 with two HR’s and 10 RBIs over four games…Coastal Carolina’s Kiana Quolas was 3-0 for the Chanticleers with a 1.01 ERA and consecutive shutouts in nabbing Big South Pitcher of the Week…Morgan King of Maryland Eastern Shore was named MEAC Player of the Week for hitting .536 (10-for-19) with a HR, three doubles and nine RBIs.
2013 Louisville Slugger Division I National Player of the Week
Feb. 12 – Keilani Ricketts – Oklahoma – Sr. – P – San Jose, Calif.
Feb. 19 – B.B. Bates – UCLA – Sr. – OF – Victorville, Calif.
Feb. 26 – Kelsey Stevens – Stanford – Fr. – P – Albuquerque, N.M.
March 5 – Katie Keller – Louisville – Jr. – 2B – Livermore, Calif.
March 12 – Ivy Renfroe – Tennessee – Sr. – P – Jackson, Tenn.
March 19 – Sara Driesenga – Michigan – So. – P – Hudsonville, Mich.
March 26 – Geri Ann Glasco – Georgia – Fr. – P/IF – Watkinsville, Ga.