February2015

Oregon freshman slugger Jenna Lilley tabbed Week 3 USA Softball Collegiate National Player of the Week

February 24, 2015

Oklahoma City, OK


Oregon freshman slugger Jenna Lilley tabbed Week 3 USA Softball Collegiate National Player of the Week

 

OKLAHOMA CITY — In just her first NCAA Softball season, Oregon's Jenna Lilley (North Canton, Ohio) has earned her first USA Softball Collegiate National Player of the Week honor following a .500 batting performance for the Ducks in a nine-game road trip through Texas.  In addition to her USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Week honors, Lilley was also named the Pac-12 Conference Player of the Week for the second time this season.

 

"I am very humbled to receive this award, although my teammates and coaches are just as deserving," said Lilley.  "We are all in this together."

 

Lilley recorded a hit in every game this past week, driving in eight runs while scoring nine of her own, punching five doubles, a triple and four stolen bases.  The Ohio native also had multiple hits in six of her nine games, including two perfect outings when she went 2-for-2 against Sam Houston State and Abilene Christian.  Lilley had her biggest game of the week against then-No. 25 Tulsa, driving in all four of Oregon's runs with a bases-clearing double and an RBI single en route to a 4-1 win.  She also punched in two runs in a 5-1 win over No. 22 Texas A&M.

 

"It’s a great honor for the program to have one of our players to achieve this recognition," said Oregon Head Coach Mike White.  "Jenna is so humble and such a hard worker, it’s a very fitting award for her.”

 

The freshman third baseman has provided a hot bat for the Ducks this season, having a hit in all but one game to start her career and leads the team with a .510 batting average.  She also has 18 runs scored, six doubles and 15 RBI through 15 games and has helped her team to a 14-1 record.  2015 is shaping up to be a year to remember for Lilley, who was named to the 2015 USA Softball Junior Women's National Team in January following a two-day selection camp in Irvine, Calif.

 

This is the first USA Softball Collegiate National Player of the Week honors for Oregon since Week Four of the 2014 season when Cheridan Hawkins (Anderson, Calif.) was awarded for her outstanding play. 

 

Oregon sets it sights on the San Diego Classic this weekend where they will face off against the No. 1 ranked Florida Gators in one of four games over three days.

 

2015 USA Softball National Collegiate Players of the Week
Week 1 (Feb. 5-8): Taylor Schoblocher - North Texas - Junior - Utility – Forney, Texas

Week 2 (Feb. 9-15): Lauren Haeger - Florida - Senior - Pitcher/1B – Peoria, Ariz.

Week 3 (Feb. 16-22): Jenna Lilley - Oregon - Freshman - Infield - North Canton, Ohio

 

About ASA
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 74 local associations. The ASA has grown from a few hundred teams in the early days to over 165,000 teams today, representing a membership of more than 2.5 million. For more information on the ASA, visit http://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 only two women’s sports involved in the Olympic movement to capture three consecutive gold medals at the Olympic Games since 1996. The U.S. women have also won nine World Championship titles and have claimed eight World Cup of Softball titles. For more information about USA Softball, please visit http://www.usasoftball.com/.

 

About the NCAA Women’s College World Series
The ASA Hall of Fame Stadium serves as the home to the NCAA Women’s College World Series (WCWS). For the 25th year, the top eight college teams in the nation will head to Oklahoma City and complete for a National Championship title. Last year, nearly 70,000 fans attended the WCWS. Experience It Live May 28 to June 3 in Oklahoma City. Tickets for the 2015 NCAA WCWS are on sale now, click here to purchase your tickets and make a date with champions!

 

 

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