Matthew, Plourde Pick Up Atlantic 10 Conference Weekly Honors

Cyndil Matthew saw her batting avg. climb 26 points to .441 - the highest in the Atlantic 10 Conference.

Cyndil Matthew saw her batting avg. climb 26 points to .441 - the highest in the Atlantic 10 Conference.

March 19, 2012

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. - Cyndil Matthew of Massachusetts and Temple's Sarah Prezioso were named the Atlantic 10 Conference Softball Co-Players of the Week, the league office announced on Monday. UMass' Sara Plourde was named the Pitcher of the Week, while Fordham's Michelle Daubman was honored as the Conference's Rookie of the Week.

Matthew, the junior from Westfield, N.J., hit .500 (9-18) last week with three RBI and eight runs scored in helping the Minutewomen to a 4-1 week. She recorded three multi-hit games including a season-high four-hit performance in a 12-11 victory over Chattanooga. Matthew scored a run in each game for UMass last week.

For Matthew, this is her first career player of the week award and the second for a UMass player this year - Stephanie Mayne on Feb. 20.

Prezioso, the sophomore from Bloomfield, N.J., went seven for 15 with two home runs, eight RBI and three runs scored as the Owls posted a 3-1 record last week. She had two games last week in which she drove in multiple runs, including a four RBI performance against Delaware.

Plourde led the Minutewomen to a 4-1 record this past week as she threw a no-hitter against Florida Gulf Coast along with two one-hit performances against UNC-Wilmington and Northern Colorado. For the week, the Bristol, Conn. native, posted a record of 4-1 in 28.2 innings pitched while allowing only seven earned runs on six base hits while striking out 59.

This is Plourde's third Pitcher of the Week honor this season and 12th all-time of her career, to go along with a pair of Rookie of the Week nods in 2009.

She enters Monday's game at No. 25 South Florida with 1,301 career strikeouts. That currently ranks 19th in NCAA history and sits 42 back of Danielle Henderson's school record 1,343 set from 1996-99.



Daubman, the freshman from North Massapequa, N.Y., hit safely in five of the six games Fordham played this past week, along with picking up her first collegiate victory in a complete game shutout performance against George Washington. Daubman went eight for 18 from the plate, including two multi-hit games to lead the Rams.
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