OKLAHOMA CITY, OK -- The Amateur Softball Association announced today the selection of Texas A&M’s Megan Gibson (Spring, Texas) as the USA Softball National Collegiate Player of the Week for the week of February 25 – March 2. On the weekend, Gibson improved to a perfect 12-0 in the circle, contributed four RBI and set several Big 12 Conference records.
Gibson made four starts, working 27 scoreless innings and posting a 0.00 ERA in the circle. Gibson earned wins against No. 14 Houston, No. 19 DePaul, Florida State and NC State, all of which were NCAA Tournament participants in 2007. Gibson logged 30 strikeouts over the week. The senior dropped her overall ERA from a 1.12 heading into this week to a 0.73 and increased her innings without an earned run to 31.1 innings.
“I am really honored to be named the USA Softball Player of the Week. I think our entire team played really well against Houston and in the NFCA Leadoff Classic. My job was easy because I knew I could count on having a solid defense behind me on the mound,” said Gibson. “My catcher, Erin Glasco, did a nice job of calling pitches and mixing up our speeds and Amanda Scarborough was helpful in going over scouting reports before each inning in the dugout. I’m really looking forward to getting to play at home in front of the 12th Man at the Aggie Softball Complex this weekend.”
At the plate, Gibson hit .300 with four RBI and launched a homerun to help her cause on the mound. The homerun against No. 14 Houston was her 48th-career homerun, which crowned her the Big 12 career leader in homeruns. Gibson’s two doubles on the week put her in a tie for the Big 12 lead. The senior also leads the Big 12 Conference this season in walks (18) and shutouts (7). She is second in ERA (0.73).
“This is a big honor for Megan. She is one of the most complete players in the game. There are only a hand-full of players in the country that I can think of who can do it all like Megan,” said Texas A&M Head Coach Jo Evans. “This past week she was on fire, in total control on the mound. Megan was not afraid to go right after hitters. She wasn’t flawless, but she knew what she had to do to win ballgames. I am proud of her work ethic and the competitiveness she displays in wanting to get better.”
The Amateur Softball Association, founded in 1933, is the National Governing Body of softball in the United States and a member of the United States Olympic Committee. The ASA has become one of the nation’s largest sports organizations and now sanctions competition in every state through a network of 83 local associations. The ASA has grown from a few hundred teams in the early days to over 240,000 teams today, representing a membership of more than three million. For more information on the ASA, visit www.asasoftball.com.
About USA Softball
USA Softball is the brand created, operated and owned by the ASA that links the USA Men’s, Women’s, Junior Boys’ and Junior Girls’ National Team programs together. USA Softball is responsible for training, equipping and promoting these four National Teams to compete in international and domestic competitions. The USA Softball Women’s National Team is one of the only two women’s sports involved in the Olympic movement to capture three consecutive gold medals at the Olympic Games since 1996. The U.S. women have also won eight World Championship titles including the last six consecutive as well as claimed two World Cup of Softball titles. For more information about USA Softball, please visit http://www.usasoftball.com/.