ACC Announces Softball Player and Pitcher of the Week for March 23

March 23, 2010

GREENSBORO, N.C.—Maryland senior third baseman Alex Schultz was named this week’s ACC Softball Player of the Week, and Terrapin sophomore Kendra Knight and Georgia Tech freshman Hope Rush were named Co-Pitcher of the Week for the period ending March 21, announced today. Schultz guided Maryland offensively to a perfect week, running the Terps’ winning streak to seven games, while Knight and Rush—each of whom are earning their second pitcher of the week honors this season—each threw no-hitters.

Schultz hit .350 (7-for-20) and drove in seven runs in leading Maryland to a seven-game winning streak, including a win over No. 18/17 Oklahoma State. Six of Schultz seven hits were four extra bases, including two games in which she hit a home run and a double, a 9-1 win against Columbia (Mar. 17) at the Florida Rebel Games and an 11-4 triumph over Dartmouth (Mar. 20) in a tournament hosted by South Florida. The Pueblo West, Colo., native accounted for 13 (seven runs batted-in, six runs scored) of Maryland’s 38 runs scored, and leads the team in 10 offensive categories, including batting average (.375), home runs (four), and RBI (15).

Rush helped No. 12/8 Georgia Tech take two of three games in its first ACC series of the season against No. 20/16 North Carolina, giving up just one earned run on five hits while striking out two batters in a 16-1 rout of the Tar Heels in the series opener (Mar. 20), and tossing her first career no-hitter in the rubber match (Mar. 21). In the second game of a doubleheader, the Stockbridge, Ga., native fanned four and issued four walks, but did not give up a hit in a 5-0 Georgia Tech victory. Rush has given up two hits or less in four outings this season and leads the squad with 72 punch outs and a 1.27 earned-run average in 99.0 innings pitched.

Knight helped the Terps kick off their 7-0 week by authoring her first career no-hitter in a 9-1 win over Columbia in six innings (Mar. 17), a game in which she struck out 14 Lions. The Virginia Beach, Va., native allowed just four hits and no runs while fanning 19 in her next two outings, which spanned 10.1 innings, a 3-0 shutout of Florida Gulf Coast (Mar. 19) and a 1-0 win over North Florida (Mar. 20). Knight, who was also 4-for-10 with a double, two RBI, and a run for the week, has given up just one unearned run in her last four outings and leads the Maryland pitching staff with a 1.29 ERA over 76.0 innings and 125 strike outs.