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Stanford’s Missy Penna Named Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division I National Player of the Week

Stanford senior pitcher Missy Penna has been named the Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division I National Player of the Week for the week ending March 29, the NFCA announced on Tuesday. 

Penna tossed 34.1 innings last week, striking out 45, beating three ranked teams and holding then-No. 2 Washington scoreless for 18 consecutive innings. She won two pitcher’s duels with Washington ace Danielle Lawrie, enough to tie Stanford’s school record for career victories (105), move into ninth place on the Pac-10’s career strikeout list and build her ongoing school shutout record to 45. 

Penna began the week with a 10-inning marathon against then-No. 24 Cal Poly. In that game, she shattered her own school record for single-game strikeouts with 19. 

In conference play, Penna became just the second pitcher this season to beat Washington with its ace in the circle, then repeated the feat in her second game against the Huskies on Sunday. Penna fanned 13 in an 11-inning marathon on Saturday, then returned less than 24 hours later and held tight for seven more innings to take home another win on Sunday. 

While facing three Top-25 opponents over four games, and three of those teams were ranked in the top-five of the USA Today/NFCA Division I Top 25 Poll, Penna posted a 1.43 ERA with a 3-1 record for the week. Stanford has moved up to No. 2 and received two first-place votes in this week’s poll.