COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Texas A&M senior Holly Ridley was named the USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Week, Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division I Player of the Week and the Big 12 Conference Player of the Week, the organizations announced on Tuesday. In addition, sophomore Rhi Kliesing garnered Big 12 Pitcher of the Week to sweep the league awards.
“What great honors for Holly, Rhi and our program,” said head coach Jo Evans. “They were absolutely amazing all weekend and it’s nice to see their hard work pay off. What they brought to the team definitely had an impact on our success.”
Tallying a .625 average (10-for-16), Ridley led the Aggies to a 4-1 weekend that consisted of two home runs and five doubles. Kliesing was in the circle for three of those wins, tallying 23 strikeouts and two wins against then-No. 10 Arizona.
From Sugar Land, Texas, Ridley’s 3-for-4 performance on Friday against the Wildcats included two doubles and a walk-off home run in the bottom of the ninth to seal the win. She was a perfect 3-for-3 on Sunday with two more doubles and two walks to lead the Aggies to the series victory. She posted at least one hit in every game and never recorded a strikeout.
Against Monmouth on Friday, Ridley’s three-run home run put the Aggies up 5-1. She was also flawless in a five-inning run-rule of the Hawks on Saturday, going 2-for-2 with two RBI and two runs.
For the weekend the A&M right fielder recorded 10 hits, eight RBI, six runs, four walks and a sacrifice fly.
“What an honor to be chosen as national and conference player of the week,” said Ridley. “This recognition really reflects a team effort. I just wanted to contribute to help us win and it paid off. We are even more excited about our season after this past weekend and know that we can fight it out with the best of them.”
A pitcher from Pearland, Texas, Kliesing went 3-0 and led the Aggies to two upsets and a series win over the Wildcats. She struck out 10 through nine innings on Friday and followed that up with six more K’s in eight frames on Sunday to clinch the series.
Kliesing gave up just two hits in a five-inning run rule of Monmouth on Saturday and fanned five Wildcats in two innings of relief work.
The No. 17 Texas A&M softball team travels to Houston on Wednesday to face the Cougars at 6 p.m.