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Arizona State’s Escobedo Named Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division I National Player of the Week

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Senior pitcher Dallas Escobedo of Arizona State University has been selected as the Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division I National Player of the Week for games played over March 3-9.

"I am absolutely honored to be recognized by the NFCA with this award,” Escobedo said. “And while it is great to receive the personal recognition, we couldn't have had the performance we had this past weekend if we didn't come together as a team. It was important for us to go out last week and get back to playing Arizona State softball, and we did that. This honor is a testament to all the hard work the girls on the team put in, and we look forward to taking this momentum to Corvallis and the Pac-12 schedule beginning this weekend.” 

Escobedo, a 6-0 right-hander from Glendale, Ariz., dominated from the circle last week for the Sun Devils, registering a perfect 4-0 record to go along with a 0.26 ERA and 38 strikeouts over 27 innings of work. Included among her impressive efforts was her fourth career no-hitter, earned during a 13-strikeout blanking of Longwood, a one-hit shutout of then-No. 5 Michigan (nine K’s), 10 strikeouts while permitting just a single base knock in outlasting then-No. 16 Nebraska, 1-0, and five innings of three-hit ball while allowing her only earned run for the week in a 9-1 (5 inn.) rout of Wisconsin. The reigning Pacific-12 Conference Pitcher of the Week also made personal history by achieving her 1000th career strikeout on her first K during the 2-0 win over the Wolverines. In the process she became just the second Sun Devil hurler to reach the milestone. 

"Dallas is pretty locked in right now,” Arizona State head coach Craig Nicholson said. “She's making good pitches, and she picking her spots. Any time she gets into tight situations, she’s staying relaxed. The biggest thing for her is she's not walking anybody. She's throwing strikes and really attacking hitters. This honor obviously means a lot to us as a team and the hard work Dallas puts in each week to make us better. She is a leader on this team and this weekend was a perfect example of that." 

For the 2014 campaign, Escobedo owns an 11-2 mark with a 0.80 ERA, 13 complete games, including eight solo shutouts, and a team-best 138 strikeouts over 88 innings. She and her Sun Devil teammates will return to action over March 14-16, opening PAC-12 league play on the road in Corvallis, Ore., with a three-game series at Oregon State.

 

Selected Top Performances

Michigan’s Haylie Wagner, the current Big Ten Conference Pitcher of the Week, was amazing for the Wolverines on their west coast jaunt, picking up three wins, including triumphs over top-10 teams UCLA and Arizona, posting a 1.18 ERA and striking out 15 over 23.2 frames…SEC Pitcher of the Week Carly Hummel of Ole Miss was 2-1 with a 0.70 ERA and 27 K’s over 20 innings of work, firing the first perfect game in UM history against Utah State and handing #1 Florida it’s first loss of the season via three-hit shutout before losing a close decision in the series finale against the top-ranked Gators…Oklahoma’s Whitney Ellis batted .692 (9-for-13) with five runs scored, three HR’s and 12 RBIs against a combo of Louisiana Tech, Liberty, Western Illinois and nationally-rated Tulsa…Cal Poly’s Sierra Hyland went 6-0 from the circle with a 0.56 ERA and 45 K’s over 37.1 innings while also batting at a .389 clip with three doubles and a HR…Northwestern’s Emily Allard, the Big Ten Conference’s Player of the Week, hit .667 (12-for-18) with eight tallies and five stolen bases at the USF Under Armour Showcase…South Alabama pitcher Farish Beard earned her second consecutive Sun Belt Conference Pitcher of the Week honor after going 3-0 with a 0.64 ERA and 28 K’s over just 22 innings…Notre Dame’s Laura Winter, the current ACC Pitcher of the Week, batted .571 (4-for-7) with a double, a HR and three RBIs, while also going 2-0 from the circle with a 0.00 ERA, two complete-game shutouts and 19 strikeouts over just 12 innings… Tennessee State hurler Shea Morris tallied a 3-0 mark with a 0.00 ERA, two complete games, one shutout and three saves while striking out 29 over 19 frames of effort against Holy Cross, Arkansas-Pine Bluff, North Carolina A&T and Saint Louis…James Madison’s Heather Kiefer went 3-0 with a 0.32 ERA, three complete games and two shutouts against a combo of Pacific, California and Hawai’i...American Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Week UCF’s Shelby Turnier struck out 38 over just 20 frames, going 3-0 from the circle with a 0.70 ERA, while establishing a new school single-game K record with 16 against Bowling Green…Utah Valley’s Hailey Kofler, the WAC Hitter of the Week, batted .462 with two doubles, five runs scored, three HR’s and seven RBIs as UVU broke a 15-game losing skid…Tennessee’s Ellen Renfroe was 3-0 with a 0.00 ERA and 32 strikeouts over 24 innings of work against Wright State, Campbell, Western Kentucky, Georgia Southern and Charleston…Fresno State’s Kiley Shae Aldridge, making her first start in nearly two years after suffering through a knee injury, twirled a three-hit shutout in a 1-0 win over #6 Washington to earn Mountain West Pitcher of the Week accolades…Loyola Marymount’s Sydney Gouveia, the West Coast Conference Pitcher of the Week, was 4-0 with a 0.54 ERA and 50 K’s over 26 innings, recording double-digit strikeouts in each of her three complete games…North Dakota State’s Amanda Grable earned Summit League Co-Player of the Week accolades after tallying at least one hit In all five contests and batting .471 (8-for-17) with three doubles and five RBIs as NDSU also picked up its fourth-ever win over a nationally-ranked opponent via a 4-0 victory over #22 Stanford…Horizon League Pitcher of the Week Sara Shields of Cleveland State fired her first collegiate no-hitter in a five-inning defeat of Quinnipiac…Brown’s Christina Andrews, the Ivy League Player of the Week, batted .500 (8-for-16) with three doubles, a HR and four RBIs while slugging .875.

 

2014 Louisville Slugger Division I National Player of the Week 

Feb. 11 – Griffin Joiner – Kentucky – Jr. – C – Hopkinsville, Ky.

Feb. 18 – Bryana Walker – Washington – Sr. – P – La Quinta, Calif.

Feb. 25 – Anna Miller (Co-) – USC Upstate – Sr. – P – Portland, Ore.

              Ally Carda (Co-) – UCLA – Jr. – P/UTIL – Elk Grove, Calif.

March 4 – Lacey Waldrop – Florida State – Jr. – P – Chester, Va.

March 11 – Dallas Escobedo – Arizona State – Sr. – P – Glendale, Ariz.