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College: NCAA Div. I National Players of the Week Features No-Hitters & A 17-RBI Week! (Mar. 12, 2019)

Jenna Cone was nearly unstoppable at the plate, batting .636 with 17 RBIs. Photo: George Washington Softball.

It was a week of repeat no-hitters and a record-setting hitting display as we honor the Division I Players of the Week as featured by USA Softball and Louisville Slugger/NFCA

Here are this week’s honorees for the week of Mar. 4-10, 2019…

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Jenna Cone, Gabbie Plain earn 2019 Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division I Weekly honors

George Washington’s Jenna Cone and Washington’s Gabbie Plain were named Louisville/Slugger NFCA Division I National Player and Pitcher of the Week of the Week, respectively, for games played March 4-10.

Cone

Cone keyed the Colonials to a 7-0 week by hitting .636 with three doubles, five home runs, 17 RBI and 14 runs scored. She slugged 1.455 and recorded an .667 on-base percentage. Her go-ahead grand slam against Manhattan on March 10 made her the program’s all-time home run leader with 37. Cone scored and drove in at least once in all seven games, registering four RBI against Manhattan and three versus Canisius, UMBC and in game one against the Jaspers. Additionally, the Trabuco Canyon, Calif. native posted three, three-hit contests and scored three runs twice.

Plain

Plain was the first Husky to toss back-to-back no-hitters and surrendered just two hits in her three starts last week. The Harrington Park, Australia native twirled three shutouts, struck out 37, walked four and held her opposition to an .032 batting average during her 21 innings of work.  Against North Illinois, Plain fanned 15 and walked three in her first no-no. The following day, she was a two-out walk in the seventh inning away from a perfect game against Seattle. She finished with 10 strikeouts against the Redhawks. In her first start of the week, Plain held RV Ohio State scoreless on two hits with 12 punchouts.

2019 Honorees (Player /Pitcher)
  • Mar. 12: Jenna Cone, George Washington / Gabbie Plain, Washington
  • Mar. 5: Teaghan Cowles, Stanford & Brigette Nordbert, North Carolina State / Amber Fiser, Minnesota
  • Feb. 26: Cali Harrod, Florida State /Giselle Juarez, Oklahoma
  • Feb. 19: Tristen Edwards, Nebraska  / Keely Rochard, Virginia Tech
  • Feb. 12: Caitlyn Nolan, Virginia Tech / Kelly Barnhill, Florida
Selected Top Performances

Reina Bondi, UNLV - .526, 10 H, 2B, 3B, inside-the-park HR, 8 RBI, .842 SLG; Shannon Saile, Oklahoma- 1-0, 2 SV, 0.00 ERA, 20 K, BB, 2 H, 9.2 IP, .065 opp. BA; Autumn Humes, Kentucky- 1-0, SV, SHO, 3 H, 0 R,6 K, 8.2 IP; Kellye Springstead, California Baptist- 4-1, 3 CG, 0.72 ERA, 24 K, 4 BB, 3 ER, 29 IP; Christina Biggerstaff, USC Upstate- 2-1, 1.65 ERA, 4 APP, 3 GS, 2 CG, SV 17 IP, 4 ER, 3 BB, 22 K, .150 opp. BA, perfect game vs. ETSU (6 K, 5 IP); Savanna Corr, Sacramento State- 2-1, 1.12 ERA, SV, 9 H, 21 K, .141 opp. BA, 18.2 IP, perfect game vs. Fairleigh Dickinson (8 K); Meghan Giordano, Hofstra- .563, 9 H, 2B, 3 HR, 10 RBI, 1.188 SLG, .600 OBP; Megan Stevens, CSUN- .579, 11 H, 4 2B, 4 HR, 15 RBI; Kayla Konwent, Wisconsin- .625, 10 H, 2 2B, 3 HR, 9 RBI, 1.313 SLG; Kelsie Packard, Valparaiso- 2-0, 0.47 ERA, 15, 15 IP, .137 opp. BA; Allison Doocy, Iowa- 3-0, 0.78 ERA, 19 K, 2 BB, 18 IP; Julia DiMartino, Liberty- 3-1, 0.53 ERA, 2 SHO, 29 K, 26.2 IP, .192 opp. BA; AnaMarie Bruni, USF- .632, 12 H, 2B, 3B, 8 R, 5-5 SB; Alea White, UCFbKacy Duffield, UTEP- .643, 9 H, 2H, 8 RBI, .706 OBP

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George Washington’s Jenna Cone captures Player of the Week accolades with record-setting week at the plate

After leading George Washington at the plate resulting in a perfect 7-0 outing on the week, junior Jenna Cone (Trabuco Canyon, Calif.) has claimed Week 5 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Week honors.

Announced today by USA Softball, Cone recorded at least one hit, run and RBI in all seven games, highlighted by three three-hit efforts.

“My mentality in the box is to hit the ball hard to produce for my team,” said Cone. “In the end, it’s the wins that matter, and I’m glad to contribute to the team’s success. We work really hard, and we know what we’re capable of. It’s really exciting to see it come full circle, and I hope we carry it forward throughout the games we have ahead.”

In George Washington’s doubleheader against Howard, Cone had three hits and three RBI and continued her hot-hitting streak at the Colonial Classic. In the first four contests, Cone hit 8-for-12 and collected 10 RBI with four home runs. The Trabuco Canyon, Calif. native capped off the tournament with a go-ahead grand slam in the sixth inning of a 5-4 victory over Manhattan, making her George Washington’s career home run leader with 37.

“I’m proud of Jenna for this national recognition,” said Head Coach Shane Winkler. “She continues to work hard to improve at the plate, even after all of the success she’s had during her career here. We have a very strong offense around Jenna, so other teams are forced to pitch to her. She is off to an amazing start this year, and she is continuing to get even better.”

For the week, Cone hit 14-for-22 with five home runs and three doubles, good for a 1.455 slugging percentage. She also posted 17 RBI and 14 runs scored. This is the first USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Week for Jenna Cone and George Washington. Cone was also awarded the Atlantic 10 Player of the Week award for the second time this season and fifth time in her career for her performance.

 2019 USA Softball National Collegiate Players of the Week
  • Week 1 (Feb. 7-10): Kassidy Wilbur – Stephen F. Austin – Freshman – Pitcher – Bridge City, Texas
  • Week 2 (Feb. 11-17): Zoe Casas – Florida State – Senior – Outfield – Rialto, Calif.
  • Co-Week 3 (Feb. 18-24): Danielle Gibson – Arkansas – Sophomore – Infield – Murrieta, Calif.
  • Co-Week 3 (Feb. 18-24): Andrea Scali – Kent State – RS Freshman – Pitcher – Parma, Ohio
  • Week 4 (Feb. 25-March 3): Meghan Beaubien — Michigan — Sophomore — Newport, Mich.
  • Week 5 (March 4-10): Jenna Cone — George Washington — Junior — Trabuco Canyon, Calif.
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