ACC Selects Final Softball Pitcher and Player of the Week of 2010 Season

May 4, 2010

GREENSBORO, N.C.—The Atlantic Coast Conference announced its softball Pitcher and Player of the Week for the final time in 2010, with juniors Kerry Hickey, a pitcher from Maryland, and Ashley Stager, a shortstop from Florida State, collecting the honors for the period ending May 2. Hickey threw her second no-hitter of the season in a win over Delaware State, while Stager hit for the cycle in a league victory over Virginia.

Hickey, who earned Pitcher of the Week accolades on April 13 after throwing a no-hitter against Virginia Tech three days earlier, got the Terrapins off to a good start last week by striking out seven Delaware State batters and issuing just one walk over 6.0 innings of work, guiding Maryland to an 8-0 win over the Hornets on Wednesday, for what was the 10th no-hitter of her career. She also helped herself at the plate with a double, scoring a run. The Huntingtown, Md., native threw a complete game, a 3-1 victory over Longwood in the first game of a doubleheader on Saturday, allowing just one hit while fanning four batters. Hickey worked 3.0 innings in a relief role in the second game, a 5-1 Longwood win.

Florida State's Ashley StagerStager collected five hits in nine at-bats over the week, including four in a 9-6 win over Virginia on Saturday. After dropping the first game of a doubleheader, 2-1, in which Stager went 1-for-3 at the plate and scored the Seminoles’ only run, she brought the team to life with a 4-for-4 performance in which she hit for the cycle and knocked in four runs. The Trinity, Fla., native batted .556 for the week and slugged at a 1.222 clip.

Maryland will visit Chestnut, Hill, Mass. for a three-game series with Boston College beginning Saturday to wrap up the regular season. All eight league teams receive berths in the 2010 ACC Softball Championship, which will take place from May 14-16 and be hosted by Virginia Tech in Blacksburg.

All ACC softball information can be found by visiting theACC.com.