Traina shuts down Florida to earn USA Softball National Collegiate Player of the Week honors
CITY — A 2-0 week in the circle that included a pair of wins over then-No. 2
Florida and her first save of the season in a third game earned Alabama Senior
Pitcher Jaclyn Traina (Naples, Fla.) USA Softball National Collegiate Player of
the Week honors for Week Seven the Amateur Softball Association (ASA) of
America and USA Softball announced today. The pitching ace also helped her case
from the plate going 4-for-9 for a .444 average on the week. With the wins, the
Crimson Tide improved to 27-5 on the season and 8-1 in Southeastern Conference
(SEC) play, good enough to jump three spots to No. 5 in this week’s ESPN.com/USA
Softball Collegiate Top 25 poll.
a tremendous honor to be named USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Week,”
said Traina. “It’s a great award and I am just blessed to be part of this great
program at Alabama. It’s an honor to receive this award but I never could have
earned it without the help of my teammates.”
Wednesday, with her team clinging to a three-run lead, Traina entered the game
in the seventh and earned her first save of the season as Alabama defeated
Georgia State 3-1.
Traina went 2-0 over the weekend, throwing two
complete-game victories against the second-ranked Gators. On Friday, she
allowed just two runs, one earned, and two hits as Alabama won 4-2. In Sunday’s
rubber match, Traina pitched one of her finest performances of the season,
throwing a complete-game shutout with just two hits allowed, both of which came
in the first two innings. The two hits allowed in each game are a season low
for Florida, who had lost just two games before this weekend.
a tremendous honor for Jaclyn,” said Head Coach Patrick Murphy. “It’s not
easy to go into Gainesville in front of huge crowds all weekend and beat them
twice on their own turf. I think Sunday may have been her best game of the year
This season, Traina holds an 11-2 record with a 1.84 ERA. She
has allowed just 23 earned runs and has struck out 99 batters, averaging 1.13
K/IP and holding a 2.54 K/BB ratio. Against ranked teams, Traina is 3-1 with
just three earned runs over 27.0 innings pitched.
is the first USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Week honor for Traina and
the first for an Alabama player since Kelsie Dunne earned the award in Week 14
of the 2010 season.
USA Softball National Collegiate Players of the Week
Week 1 (Feb. 6-9): Kylee Lahners - Washington - Junior - Infielder– Laguna Hills,
(Feb. 10 -16): Aimee Creger - Tulsa - Senior - Pitcher– Yukon, Okla.
(Feb. 17-23): Ally Carda – UCLA – Junior – Pitcher – Elk Grove, Calif.
(Feb. 24 – March 2): Cheridan Hawkins – Oregon – Sophomore – Anderson, Calif.
(March 3-9): Dallas Escobedo - Arizona State - Senior - Pitcher– Glendale,
(March 10-16): Alex Hugo – Georgia – Sophomore – Infielder – Olathe, Kan.
7 (March 17-23): Jaclyn Traina – Alabama – Senior – Pitcher – Naples, Fla.
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