March 23, 2010
GREENSBORO, N.C. - Senior Alex Schultz and sophomore Kendra Knight of the Maryland softball team earned the Atlantic Coast Conference's Player of the Week and Co-Pitcher of the Week honors, respectively, the league announced today.
The Terps (17-9, 0-2) went 7-0 in two tournaments in Florida, due in large part to the contributions of both Knight and Schultz. Maryland beat No. 18/17 Oklahoma State and highly-regarded Texas Tech in its five-game stint in the University of South Florida's The Game tournament. The Terrapins went 5-0 in the tournament and were the only team in the field of 16 to go undefeated.
Schultz was one of Maryland's leaders at the plate, as she hit .350 for the week and collected seven hits in her 20 at-bats. She hit her third and fourth home runs of the year against Columbia and against Dartmouth, and added four doubles in the week as well. Schultz drove in the go-ahead run against Texas Tech with her double to score sophomore Kathy McLaughlin.
Schultz is batting .375 on the year, which puts her at sixth in the ACC. She is tied for No. 7 in runs scored with 20 and is second in the league in doubles with eight this season.
"Alex has worked extremely hard this year and she absolutely earned this honor this week. She was a key factor in each of our seven wins both offensively and defensively," Maryland head coach Laura Watten said.
Knight, who is being honored for the second time in the 2010 season, threw 16.1 innings in three appearances for the Terps over the week. She recorded 33 strikeouts and gave up just five walks. Knight pitched her first career no-hitter in a 9-1, six-inning win over Columbia in the Florida Rebel Games. Over the week, she allowed just one run, which was not earned.
Knight, who shares the award with Hope Rush of Georgia Tech, carries an ERA on the year of 1.66, which puts her at fifth in the ACC. Opponents are batting just .149 against her - the third lowest average in the league. She is top-five in the conference in strikeouts with 125 and leads the league in batters struck out looking with 37, along with Terese Gober of Florida State. She has allowed one home run this year.
"Kendra had a great week on the mound. She has progressed so much throughout the spring, and continues to get better every day," Watten said.
The Terps will play host to James Madison Wednesday at Robert E. Taylor Stadium for a double-header beginning at 5 p.m. Admission is free for all fans wishing to attend. Maryland will head south to take on No. 12/9 Georgia Tech in a doubleheader Saturday at 1 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m.