Stanford senior pitcher Missy Penna has been named the Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division I National Player of the Week, the NFCA announced on Tuesday. Penna has been honored for her performances in the week ending May 3, 2009.
Penna completed Stanford’s home schedule on a high note, defeating two top-10 teams and allowing one combined run and three combined hits over 14 innings of work as the Cardinal went 3-0 on the weekend. It was the first time in school history that Stanford had swept a weekend series with the Arizona schools.
On Friday night, Penna became the first pitcher to hold No. 6 Arizona State scoreless in more than two months (since Feb. 22). She threw a two-hitter, struck out 11 and became the first pitcher in the country to reach 1,200 career K’s.
On Sunday, she one-hit the nation’s best offense, holding then-No. 7 Arizona (who averages nearly nine runs a game) to just one run on one hit. She also struck out 13 batters in the game and helped Stanford take the series from the Wildcats for the first time in school history.
For the weekend, Penna posted an 0.50 ERA with 24 K’s in 14 innings and an .065 opposing average while facing two of the best offensive teams in the country.
Stanford moved up one spot to No. 2 in this week’s USA Today/NFCA Division I Top 25 Poll.