OKLAHOMA CITY, OK --- UCLA pitcher Anjelica Selden (Vacaville, Calif.) and the University of Houston’s Kristen Glowacz (Katy, Texas) have been selected as Co-USA Softball National Collegiate Players of the Week for the week of February 28- March 6. A phenomenal week from the circle and at the plate for these two athletes, Selden totaled 70 strikeouts during the Bulldog Classic in Fresno while Glowacz hit .667 blasting five home runs in six games.
Selden, a freshman right-handed pitcher compiled two no-hit performances against St. John's and Bulldog Classic host No. 18 Fresno State, in addition to a 23-strikeout game vs. Ole Miss, setting a new Pac-10 record for strikeouts in a single game.
During the tournament, she allowed just one walk while striking out 70 of the 120 batters she faced on the weekend. She went 3-1 with a .20 ERA while recording two shutouts allowing just eight hits and four runs in 35.2 innings pitched. The 5’8” hurler held her opponents to a .070 batting average and was honored as part of the Bulldog Classic All-Tournament Team.
"Anjelica's performance this past weekend was impressive,” said UCLA head coach Sue Enquist. “To execute at that level and throw back-to-back no-hitters within 24 hours is remarkable. We are very happy for her and for this recognition from USA Softball."
A senior third baseman, Glowacz went a remarkable 12-for-18 (.667) with five home runs and 11 RBI as the Cougars posted a 5-1 record on the week, which included a pair of victories over No. 16 Nebraska. In the second game against Nebraska, Glowacz hit back-to-back-to-back home runs and drove in four runs to lead UH to a 6-2 victory. In the last two weeks, she is a combined 21-for-33 (.636) at the plate.
“I was feeling good, relaxed and confidant in myself that I was going to hit well,” Glowacz said. “In those games, I didn’t really feel any pressure to get a hit because I was so relaxed. It’s like coach tells me, I just have to trust in myself that I know I’m going to be able to get a hit every time I come to the plate.”
“Kristen’s play over the weekend was typical of what she is capable of at any time,” said University of Houston head coach Kyla Holas. “Her home runs came at a pivotal point for us in the second game against Nebraska. She stepped up and got us rolling in that game, and proved that our first win over them wasn’t a fluke. Kristen gave us what we needed, when we needed it.”
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 softball in the United States and a member of the United States Olympic Committee. The ASA has become one of the nation’s largest sports organizations and now sanctions competition in every state through a network of 88 local associations. The ASA has grown from a few hundred teams in the early days to over 240,000 teams today, representing a membership of more than three million. For more information on the ASA, visit www.asasoftball.com.
About USA Softball
USA Softball is the brand created, operated and owned by the ASA that links the USA Men’s, Women’s, Junior Boys’ and Junior Girls’ National Team programs together. USA Softball is responsible for training, equipping and promoting these four National Teams to compete in international and domestic competitions. The USA Softball Women’s National Team is one of the only two women’s sports involved in the Olympic movement to capture back-to-back gold medals at the Olympic Games since 1996. The U.S. women have also won seven World Championship titles including the last five consecutive. For more information about USA Softball, please visit www.usasoftball.com.
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