Feb. 28, 2012
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) – Florida State softball pitcher Monica Perry has been named the Louisville Slugger Division I National Player of the Week, announced on Tuesday by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association.
The Whitesburg, Ga., native helped guide the undefeated Seminoles to a perfect 6-0 mark last week after allowing just three runs in 21.1 innings pitched against UCF, St. John’s, Marshall and Wisconsin. Perry showed a 0.98 earned run average in the four games played, and finished 3-0 with 37 strikeouts versus her 78 batters faced.
The highlight of Perry’s week came in FSU’s 4-1 victory over Marshall at the Disney Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando on Feb. 25. Perry came within three outs of pitching the first perfect game at FSU since former Seminole Casey Hunter achieved the feat on March 13, 2004, versus St. Joseph’s.
Opponents hit just .133 off Perry last week, as the power-based pitcher shows a 6-0 record for the season. She earned her first relief victory of the season on Feb. 26 against Wisconsin, coming in the final 3.2 innings and striking out seven of 13 batters. Perry retired her last nine Badgers faced in the contest.
The FSU pitching staff has played in 13 consecutive games in which they’ve allowed two runs or less. As a whole, the unit consisting of Perry, freshman Lacey Waldrop, redshirt sophomore Jessica Nori and freshman Bailey Schinella has combined for a 1.09 ERA in the 2012 season. Perry leads the group with 56 strikeouts.
Perry is the first Seminole to earn a national player of the week honor since former USA Softball Player of the Year Jessica van der Linden did so in 2004. In that season, van der Linden earned national player of the week honors from both the NFCA and USA Softball.
Perry now becomes the fourth Seminole since 1998 to earn national player of the week honors, joining van der Linden (2003, 2004), Jennifer White-Cody (1998) and Brandi Stuart (2001).
The 20th-ranked Seminoles look to continue their hot start when they travel to Honolulu, Hawaii, for this weekend’s Bank of Hawaii Invitational Tournament.
Seminoles Move Up to No. 20
Following its 15-0 start, FSU softball moved up five spots in the ESPN.com/USA Softball Poll to No. 20. The Seminoles also ranked 20th in the USA TODAY/NFCA Poll, making their first Top 25 appearance in the rankings.
ACC Pitcher of the Week for Perry
In addition to being named the Louisville Slugger National Player of the Week, Perry was also recognized as the ACC Pitcher of the Week. It is the second time this season FSU has been honored by the conference, as Briana Hamilton was named ACC Player of the Week on Feb. 21.