UMass Softball Sweeps Weekly Atlantic-10 Honors
April 28, 2008
AMHERST, Mass. - The Atlantic-10 Conference announced Monday that Jessica Serio has been named the Atlantic-10 Softball Player of the Week. The Atlantic-10 also announced that Brandice Balschmiter has been named the Pitcher of the Week while Lindsay Maroney has been named the Rookie of the Week. All three players played crucial roles in the Minutewomen's 3-0 record last week.
Serio had one of her best offensive weeks of the season, hitting .700 on a 7-of-10 performance at the plate, including a double and 5 RBI. In a series sweep against St. Louis, Serio went 5-for-7 with 5 RBI. She also went 2-for-3 in a 6-0 win over UConn. For the season, she leads the team in doubles with 12 and is second on the team with a .364 batting average.
Balshmiter won her six straight Atlantic-10 Pitcher of the Week honor, and her eighth of the season. She went 3-0 last week, allowing no runs with striking out 16 batters in just 14 innings. She also pitched her third no-hitter of the season against UConn on April 23. Against the Huskies, she struck out seven batters over seven innings in the 6-0 victory at UConn. She also threw three shutout innings in a 14-0 rout against St. Louis, giving up two hits while striking out three on April 25. On April 26, Balschmiter pitched four innings in a 9-0 win over St. Louis, giving up three hits while striking out six.
Balschmiter has now pitched 58 consecutive scoreless innings and nearly 85 straight innings pitched without giving up an earned run. For the season, she is 23-6 with an 11-0 record against conference opponents. Her overall earned run average this season is now 0.56 along with a 0.23 earned run average in league play.
Maroney went 5-for-10 (.500) last week, with two home runs including a grand slam. She also had nine RBI. In a 14-0 victory over St. Louis on April 25, she went 2-for-4 with five RBI and her second grand slam of the season. In game two against St. Louis she went 2-for-3, hitting her third home run of the season and adding three RBI. For the season, she leads the team with a .380 batting average.
The Minutewomen have now won 23 consecutive games after the three wins last week, and clinched the 2008 Atlantic-10 regular season title after the win over St. Louis on April 26. UMass Softball is also 18-0 in conference play this season. They will return to action on April 29 when they host UConn at the UMass Softball Complex. Gametime is set for 5 PM.
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