Stefanie Volpe, University of Michigan
Catcher, Fr., Plymouth, Mich.
She had the hot bat for Michigan in its Big Ten season-closing three-game sweep of Indiana. Volpe batted .900 (9-for-10) over the series with a pair of perfect games at the plate: a 3-for-3 showing in the opener and a 4-for-4 performance in game three. Volpe collected nine RBI and drilled three doubles, all while recording no strikeouts and one walk. Her four hits in the final weekend game tied her career game-best. The .900 hitting weekend raised Volpe's season batting average 38 points to .355, and pushed her season batting average vs. Big Ten Conference opponents to .400, second-best among the Wolverines.
Becky Manson, Central Michigan University
She hit .733 (11-for-15) last week in CMU's four games. She tallied three RBI and scored five runs. Manson tied a school record with four hits in a 4-for-5 performance against Ball State. She was 2-for-4 in the nightcap against BSU. On Friday versus Toledo, Manson was 3-for-4 with three RBI and 2-for-2 with two walks. The true freshman has started all 53 games this season and has been the leadoff hitter in each one.
Danielle Henderson, University of Massachusetts
Pitcher, Sr., Commack, NY
Pitched all three of her team's games as UMass won the Atlantic 10 Conference postseason tournament and advanced its overall record to 41-8. Henderson defeated Dayton 6-1, St. Joseph's 5-0 and Virginia Tech 2-0. She pitched 21 innings, allowing eight hits, one run (earned), struck out 46 and walked six. She K'd 17 vs. Dayton, 14 vs. St. Joe's and 15 in the championship game vs. Virginia Tech, during which she allowed only two hits. Henderson, 28-2 this season, has lost only to Arizona (1-0 on Feb. 13) and Oklahoma (2-1 on March 27), each of which has been consistently ranked among Division I's top ten teams.
Kelly Shipman, University of Maryland.
Pitcher, Sr., Huntingtown, MD
Shipman, hit two home runs, gained her 1,000th career strikeout and won her school-record 28th game of the season as Maryland swept a doubleheader from Princeton on May 8. The Terps won the opener 4-3 and earned a come-from-behind, extra-inning 3-2 win in the second game. Shipman is only the eighth player in NCAA history to reach the 1,000-strikeout plateau as she recorded nine strikeouts against Pirnceton on Saturday. She now has 1,002 career strikeouts and is the first player at Maryland and in the ACC to reach this milestone. Shipman struck out nine and allowed only three hits as Maryland won game one. She took a no-hitter into the seventh inning. She supplied more heroics in game two as she helped the Terps rally during their last two at bats. Shipman hit her single-season school-record ninth home run, a two-run shot, to tie the score at two-all in the bottom of the seventh.