Photo by Jeffrey A. CamaratiSTARKVILLE, Miss. – Freshman Lori Spignola of North Carolina has been named as the NFCA Division I National Player of the Week for games played from February 21-28, 2011.
Spignola went 4-0 on the week in four starts and five appearances for a 0.52 ERA over 27.0 innings of work. She allowed just two earned runs, two walks and fanned 33 batters on the week, including 14 in a 7-0 win over UNC Wilmington.
However, the Atlanta, Ga., native’s biggest accomplishment of the week came during the Tar Heel’s 3-0 win over Penn State in which she recorded the first perfect game of her career in just her ninth collegiate start. For the week, Spignola limited her opponents to a paltry .138 batting average.
On the year, Spignola is 8-3 with a 2.06 ERA and 66 strikeouts. She currently leads the team in all major pitching categories and has recorded three shutouts.
For the week, North Carolina went 5-1 and is currently 9-5 on the year. This week, the Tar Heels will travel to Lake Buena Vista, Fla., for five games in the 2011 Citrus Classic, including tilts with No. 13 Oregon and undefeated Notre Dame.
Other Top Performances
Texas’s Blair Luna went 3-1 with four 10+ strikeout performances… Megan Wiggins of Georgia went 7-for-15 with three home runs and 8 RBI over five games, including four Top 25 opponents… Kennesaw State’s Shannon Swanson went 6-for-15 on the week, including a game-winning grand slam against then No. 22 Georgia Tech…
2011 NFCA DI National Player of the Week
Mar. 1 – Lori Spignola – North Carolina – Fr. – P – Atlanta, Ga.
Feb. 22 – Stephanie Brombacher – Florida – Sr. – P – Pembroke Pine, Fla.
Feb. 15 – Gabrielle Bridges – La-Lafeyette – Sr. – 1B – Lafitte, La.