OKLAHOMA CITY, OK— Georgia pitcher Michelle Green continues to lead the Georgia Bulldogs to unparalleled success and for her efforts the Amateur Softball Association has selected her as the USA Softball National Collegiate Player of the Week for the week of March 17-23.
Being recognized by USA Softball for her performance in the circle is a great honor for Michelle,” said Georgia head coach Lu Harris-Champer.
Green, a sophomore from Duluth, Ga., went 5-0 in the circle this past week to improve to 22-2 on the season. She began the week with a three game sweep of conference foe Kentucky. In the three games versus the Wildcats she allowed just six hits, two runs and struck out 28 in 15 innings of work.
Over the weekend, she continued her dominate performance by posting two shutout wins over No. 8 LSU. The wins over defending SEC champion LSU marked the first time in school history that the Dogs’ were able to beat the Tigers.
In their opening game against LSU, Green set the Georgia single-season strikeout record of 220 by collecting five strikeouts, to bring her season total to 221. She also tied the Georgia single-season wins record (22) with her win on Sunday over the Tigers.
While not in the circle, she served as a designated player hitting .235 with two doubles, four walks and scored one run.
Michelle had great presence in the circle as well as outstanding command of her pitches this past week,” said Georgia head coach Lu Harris-Champer. “She brings great leadership in the circle to Georgia Softball and her love of competition and strong mental game makes her the pitcher that she is.”
The Bulldogs, who were once considered a non-factor in the Southeastern Conference, have emerged as a true contender in the rugged SEC. Prior to the 2002 season; Georgia had not posted a record above .500 in the conference play. Their 10-2 record in conference play this season is the best start in school history.
Georgia, ranked No. 11 in the current ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate Top 25 poll, will step outside of conference play this week as they host Georgia State on Thursday before traveling to Fayetteville, Ark., for a three game series with the Lady Razorbacks this weekend.
The USA Softball National Player of the Week is designed to acknowledge outstanding athletic achievement by individuals on a weekly basis. Each recipient of the USA Softball National Player of the Week Award will receive an engraved plaque and will be national recognized for their accomplishments. A complete list of winners can be found on the USA Softball web site at www.usasoftball.com.
The Amateur Softball Association, founded in 1933, is the National Governing Body of amateur softball in the United States and a member of the United States Olympic Committee. As the National Governing Body, the ASA is responsible for identifying, selecting and training male and female athletes to compete in World, Pan American and Olympic competitions. It is also responsible for promoting and growing the sport of softball across the country.
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