OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. - Senior pitcher Mariangee Bogado (Mariara, Venezuela) led Indiana to its first Big Ten Tournament berth since 1997 this weekend, earning her the honor of USA Softball National Collegiate Player of the Week for the week of May 1-7 announced today by the Amateur Softball Association. Bogado struck out 14 batters while allowing only seven hits in the series sweep over arch-rival Purdue (7-0, 5-2).
Bogado held opposing hitters to a .152 batting average and allowed only two earned runs in 13 innings of work to pick-up the win in both games.
“Everything that I have done and worked so hard to achieve has come true. I want to thank my coaches, my teammates and most especially my family for always supporting me,” said Bogado. “This doesn’t change anything for me going into the Big Ten tournament. I am honored to be recognized but I always go out and give it my best every time.”
Bogado not only led the Hoosiers from the circle, but registered a .667 batting average in the process, including a 4-for-6 effort in the series. In game one, Bogado drew two walks and took advantage of her remaining at bats, going 2-for-2. In game two, she went 2-for-4 with two runs and a double in the 5-2 victory.
“This is a great achievement for Mariangee and her final year at IU. Mariangee symbolizes everything that IU softball stands for,” said Indiana head coach Stacey Phillips. “She is a hard worker on and off the field and will continue to achieve success in everything she puts her mind to.”
Bogado's outstanding effort earned the senior and her teammates a trip to the Big Ten Tournament for the first time since 1997 and also secured Indiana its first 25-plus win season in almost a decade.
This is the first-time in the five-year history of the National Player of the Week Award that a player from the University of Indiana has been selected.
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 87 local associations. The ASA has grown from a few hundred teams in the early days to over 230,000 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 three consecutive 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