LOUISVILLE, Ky. – A week full of impressive performances around the nation made it too difficult to settle on just one as the best as Hofstra’s Olivia Galati and Temple’s Stephanie Pasquale have been selected as Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division I Co-National Players of the Week for April 9.
Galati, a native of West Babylon, N.Y., registered a 4-1 overall record with a 0.19 ERA and 62 strikeouts over 36 innings of work to go along with a save, two no-hitters (one of those a perfect game) and four shutouts while also hitting .333 at the plate with four runs scored and three RBIs. The senior pitcher tossed a no-hitter during a win over Marist (1-0, April 4) before improving on that effort by firing a perfect game in the opener of a doubleheader against Drexel (13-0 in 6 inn., April 7). During her perfecto, Galati struck out the first 10 batters she faced in the match-up. For the year, she currently guides the Pride pitching staff with a 21-9 record, a 1.77 ERA and 240 strikeouts over 190.1 innings of work.
"It's a tremendous honor to be recognized as national Co-Player of the Week," Galati said. "With so many great players, it's fantastic just to be considered. The award is great, but it would not be possible without the support of my coaches and teammates."
Pasquale hit a ridiculous .682 (15-for-22) overall with three walks, four doubles, five HR’s and 21 RBIs on her way to being tabbed as the Atlantic 10 Player of the Week. The Pompton Lakes, N.J., product hit safely in six total contests against Lafayette, Wagner and St. Bonaventure with her most impressive effort coming in the opener against the Bonnies. During that April 7th contest, she was a perfect 4-for-4 at the dish with four runs scored, three HR’s and six RBIs, eventually going 9-for-9 during the doubleheader versus St. Bonaventure with four HR’s and 11 total RBIs. Pasquale leads Temple in virtually every major offensive category including batting average (.485), doubles (15), HR’s (10), total bases (93), slugging percentage (.939) and on-base percentage (.527). With her weekly efforts she also established new Owl single-season and career records for RBIs.
"This is a great honor,” Pasquale said. “I didn't feel like I had a good season last year, so it feels nice to be turning that around. It's just an honor to get recognized."
Hofstra ventures back to action on Thurs., April 11, in a single home contest versus St. John’s while Temple returns to the diamond on Tues., April 9, by hosting St. Joseph’s in a doubleheader.
Other Selected Top Performances
Jessica Moore of Oregon was tabbed as the Pac-12 Pitcher of the Week after posting a 4-0 record with a 1.59 ERA and 20 K’s in 22 innings of work against #5 California and Utah…Tennessee’s Madison Shipman hit .500 (8-for-16) with three doubles, three HR’s and 13 RBIs in wins over Tennessee State, Western Carolina and Georgia (three W’s)…Loyola’s Brittany Gardner was 3-0 with a 0.67 ERA and 25 K’s in 21 innings on her way to Horizon League Pitcher of the Week accolades…Rutgers’ Alexis Durando batted .529 (9-for-17) with two HR’s and eight RBIs…Texas’ Blaire Luna was 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA, a no-hitter against Western Kentucky and 19 strikeouts over just eight innings…DePaul’s Mary Connolly was named the BIG EAST Player of the Week after batting .643 (9-for-14) with two HR’s and 12 RBIs…USF’s Sara Nevins picked up BIG EAST Pitcher of the Week honors after going 3-0 with a 0.36 ERA and a no-hitter versus Pittsburgh…Alabama’s Molly Fitchner batted .875 (7-for-8) with a HR and five RBIs in the Tide’s series against #7 Missouri on her way to being tabbed as the SEC Player of the Week…Tennessee’s Ellen Renfroe was chosen as the SEC Pitcher of the Week for striking out 17 over 16 innings while posting a 2-0 mark at Georgia…Illinois Chicago’s Natalie Hernandez hit .609 (14-for-23) with 12 runs scored, three steals, two HR’s and eight RBIs while earning Horizon League Player of the Week…South Dakota’s Allie Daly was tabbed as the Summit League Player of the Week after hitting .389 (7-for-18) with two HR’s and 11 RBIs…Pac-12 Player of the Week Jackie Sweet of Utah hit .550 (11-for-20) over six games against nationally-ranked UCLA and Oregon with two doubles, a triple, a HR and five RBIs…MEAC Player of the Week Chloe Ore of Delaware State batted .588 (10-for-17) with a double, a triple, 10 runs scored and seven RBIs…Dayton’s Kayla English was chosen as the Atlantic-10 Pitcher of the Week after going 2-0 with a 0.50 ERA and 21 K’s over just 14 frames of work…Illinois State’s Elizabeth Kay hit .800 (8-for-10) with two triples, two HR’s and six RBIs while reaching safely on 13 of her 15 plate appearances in reaping Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Week…Oklahoma’s Keilani Ricketts was 3-0 with a save, a 1.26 ERA and 22 strikeouts over 16 innings while also hitting .364 at the dish…Big Ten Co-Player of the Week Sierra Romero of Michigan batted .667 (6-for-9) with nine RBIs…Taylor Rager of Ball State was selected as the MAC West Co-Player of the Week after hitting .526 with a 1.053 slugging percentage, three HR’s and seven RBIs…Furman’s Nikki Legg was tabbed as the SoCon Player of the Week after batting .636 over five games for the Paladins…Louisiana-Lafayette’s Nerissa Myers hit .667 (6-for-9) with three HR’s and eight RBIs on her way to Sun Belt Player of the Week accolades…New Mexico State’s Alex Newman, the WAC Pitcher of the Week, was 3-0 with a 0.40 ERA and the Aggies moved into first place in the league standings…Oregon’s Kaylan Howard hit .478 (11-for-23) with six runs, three doubles, three HR’s and six RBIs...Murray State’s Sarah Anderson batted .538 overall (7-for-13) over four games against Eastern Kentucky and Morehead State.
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.
April 2 – Amy Letourneau – Northwestern – So. – P/1B – Laguna Niguel, Calif.
April 9 – (Co-) Olivia Galati – Hofstra – Sr. – P/DP – West Babylon, N.Y.
April 9 – (Co-) Stephanie Pasquale – Temple – Jr. – C/1B – Pompton Lakes, N.J.