OKLAHOMACITY, OK – The Amateur Softball Association and USA Softball announced today the selection of outfielder Iyhia McMichael (Nacogdoches, TX) as the ‘Player of the Week’ for her performance February 16-22. The second honor in her career, as she was also recognized in 2003 as a ‘Player of the Week’, the
5’7 senior led the Bulldogs to a perfect 6-0 performance. She hit a remarkable .737 with a .762 on base percentage and a 1.737 slugging percentage.
"I am shocked and honored that the voters would deem my performance this week worthy of this award,” McMichael said. “Our offense was struggling a little bit last weekend, so my teammates and I were mainly focused on getting hits when we needed them and it worked out for us."
Dominating the MSU offense, McMichael recorded 14 hits in 19 attempts and also tallied two walks. In the 12-0 victory over Mississippi Valley State, her hot bat went 2-for-3 with two triples. In game one against Alabama A&M, she was perfect at 3-for-3 with a single, triple, and the second recorded inside-the-park home run in school history. In game two over A&M, she was flawless again at 3-for-3 with two doubles and a triple.
For the weekend, her stat line also included three home runs, 13 RBI and 5-for-5 in stolen bases. McMichael was honored as the 2004 Bulldog Classic tournament Most Valuable Player and is currently on an eight-game hitting streak. She was also named to the initial ‘Watch List’ for the 2004 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year.
“"Iyhia has done well so far this year, but she really stepped up this weekend and started hitting the ball like she can hit the ball,” said Mississippi State head coach Jay Miller. “It's a good sign as we get ready to go into conference play in a couple of weeks. Obviously, Iyhia is a tremendous player and somebody that we look upon to carry our ballclub. She really stepped up and started doing that this weekend.”
For the season, McMichael is now hitting .519 and has started in all 17 games.
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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