Feb. 28, 2012
STANFORD, Calif. - Stanford junior pitcher Teagan Gerhart has been named the USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Week for Feb. 20-26, the Amateur Softball Association (ASA) of America announced today.
"It is a tremendous honor to be named USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Week," Gerhart said. "This would not have been possible without the outstanding play of my teammates. We had a great weekend and won some big games against good opponents. I take great pride in playing for and representing Stanford University and we are excited to make a run at the NCAA Women's College World Series later this season."
Gerhart registered five wins in the circle to lead the Cardinal to an undefeated weekend at the Cathedral City Classic in Palm Springs, Calif. The Norco, Calif., native posted a 0.22 ERA, allowing just one run in 31.2 innings pitched. She tallied 30 strikeouts, including the 500th of her career, and issued just four walks and 12 hits.
On Friday, she recorded shutouts over Long Island and sixth-ranked Oklahoma. It marked just the second loss of the year for the Sooners and was Stanford's first win over a ranked opponent this season. Against New Mexico State, Gerhart fanned 10 batters, marking the second time this season she has reached double-digit strikeouts.
"I'd like to thank ASA and USA Softball for recognizing Teagan Gerhart's performance last week at the Cathedral City Classic," said Stanford head coach John Rittman. "Teagan has worked extremely hard and is very deserving of this recognition. She's a true competitor and an outstanding leader on our team both on and off the field. We're excited for her and proud of the way she is performing right now."
It marks the second national player of the week honor for the junior, who also received the accolades as a freshman in 2010. Earlier Tuesday, Gerhart was selected the Pac-12 Conference Pitcher of the Week, the fourth time she has received that honor in her career.
Stanford travels to Fullerton, Calif., this weekend for the DeMarini Invitational, held Mar. 2-4. The Cardinal will face Indiana, Northwestern, Florida International, Michigan State and East Carolina in the three-day tournament.