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April 6, 2010
GREENSBORO, N.C.—North Carolina senior pitcher Danielle Spaulding earned her second Atlantic Coast Conference Pitcher of the Week honor and her third weekly accolade of the season and Georgia Tech junior first baseman Kristine Priebe was selected Player of the Week for the period ending April 4, announced today. Spaulding threw her fifth no-hitter of the season and eighth of her career to tie the school record, while Priebe tallied three home runs in a three-game sweep of Virginia Tech.
Spaulding did not allow a hit in three outings totaling 12.2 innings and struck out 19 batters for the week. Prior to her no-hitter, Spaulding started and worked the first 2.2 innings of a 6-4 loss to Campbell (Mar. 31), giving up two earned runs and two base on balls before being removed from the game. She did not receive the decision. Despite a short outing just four days earlier, the Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., native struck out 13 Cavaliers while issuing just four free passes in an 8-0 no-hitter—her fifth of the season and school-record tying eighth of her career—against Virginia in the first game of a doubleheader. The win was her 11th complete game of the season and improved her record to 10-2. Spaulding also started the back end of the twinbill, working 3.0 innings without surrendering a run or a hit and striking out five, but the No. 19-ranked Tar Heels (ESPN.com/USA Softball) dropped a 3-1 decision. Spaulding ranks among the conference’s top-five in statistical leaders in five different pitching categories.
Priebe hit .600 (6-for-10) over the week with three home runs, 12 runs batted-in, five runs scored, and slugged at a whopping 1.500 clip. Priebe guided the seventh-ranked Yellow Jackets into a three-game series with Virginia Tech by going 3-for-3 at the plate, including one homer, five RBI, and a pair of runs scored, leading Georgia Tech to a 15-1 (five innings) win over the Hokies in the first end of a doubleheader (Apr 2). In Sunday’s series finale, the Moorpark, Calif., native belted two more big flies, including her third grand slam of the season, and knocked in a career-high six runs en route to a 9-1 Georgia Tech win, vaulting the Jackets into first place of the ACC standings.
ACC teams will briefly step out of conference for games during the week, but league play begins to heat up this weekend, with a pair of critical ACC series. Virginia, which is in second place by one-half game, will travel to Atlanta, Ga. for a three-game set against the ACC-leading Yellow Jackets, while Florida State will host NC State, both of whom are tied for third place with 6-3 records, in three games. Both series begin with doubleheaders on Saturday, April 10 at 1 p.m.
The ACC Softball Player and Pitcher of the Week will be announced by 5 p.m. each Tuesday during the regular season. All ACC softball information can be found at theACC.com.