Tennessee’s Raven Chavanne selected as USA Softball National Collegiate Player of the Week
OKLAHOMA CITY --- Raven Chavanne (Thousand Oaks, Calif.) is the USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Week for March 18-24, the Amateur Softball Association (ASA) of America and USA Softball announced today. The Tennessee senior’s timely hitting played a key role in helping the then-No. 8 Lady Vols sweep then-No. 4 Texas A&M over the weekend. Chavanne scored or drove in 11 of UT’s 28 runs en route to a 4-0 record over the week. She finished the week with a .750 batting average (9-for-12) with six runs and five RBI helping UT move up three spots to No. 5 in this week’s ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate Top 25.
“It’s such an exciting honor to be recognized as player of the week,” said Chavanne. “I just want to thank my team because this wouldn’t be possible without them.”
The California native started the week going 2-for-2 with two runs and an RBI against Murray State on Tuesday. On Friday, in game one of a three-game series with Texas A&M, the Lady Vols trailed by one in the bottom of the sixth until Raven hammered a game-winning, three-run homer. Two days later, with Tennessee going for the series sweep, Chavanne showed why she is a two-time Top 10 Finalists for USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year. With the game tied in the seventh, the lefty led off with an infield single to short. Two batters later, Chavanne scored on a hit to right field securing the win and series sweep for Tennessee.
"Raven is a tremendous competitor and really stepped up to lead our team this past week,” said Tennessee Co-Head Coach Karen Weekly. “We are very proud of her."
This is the second USA Softball National Collegiate Player of the Week honor for Chavanne. She was last honored in week 12 of the 2012 season. Chavanne was selected as a Top 25 Finalist for USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year as a freshman in 2010 and a Top 10 Finalist in both her sophomore and junior years. Tennessee’s Ivy Renfroe was the last Lady Vol to garner USA Softball Player of the Week honors in week five of this season.
Georgia’s Geri Ann Glasco Chosen as the Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division I National Player of the Week
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – For her impressive efforts during the past week at both the plate and in the circle for No. 22 Georgia (25-7), Bulldog freshman pitcher/first baseman Geri Ann Glasco has been selected as the Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division I National Player of the Week for March 26.
The Watkinsville, Ga., native and reigning Southeastern Conference Freshman of the Week helped power UGA to a perfect 4-0 record over March 18-24, hitting an impressive .600 overall (6-for-10) with seven runs scored, five walks, five HR’s and eight RBIs. She also posted a 3-0 record from the pitching circle, while contributing to a pair of combined one-hit shutouts, and struck out eight over 12 innings of work. Glasco homered in all four of Georgia’s contests against Gardner-Webb and Ole Miss (three games), including blasting a big fly in three consecutive at-bats during a Saturday doubleheader versus the Rebels. For the week she slugged at a staggering 2.100 clip and posted an OPS mark of 2.788.
“Receiving this award is truly an honor, but none of this would be possible without the support of my coaches and my tremendous teammates who are dedicating themselves to our team and pushing each other daily to achieve our goals,” Glasco said. “In the end, what I am truly looking forward to is the opportunity for success that lies ahead of us as a team.”
Glasco currently leads No. 22 Georgia with a .452 batting average, a .935 slugging percentage and a .542 on-base percentage, is second in RBIs (39) and has now tied the mark for the most HR’s ever by a Bulldog freshman with 12. In the circle she possesses a squad-best 15-1 overall record to go along with a 2.17 ERA, nine complete games and 96 strikeouts over 93.2 frames of effort.
“Geri Ann has grown up watching Georgia softball,” head coach Lu Harris-Champer said. “She embodies the enthusiasm, talent and work habit of players like Taylor Schlopy, Megan Wiggins and Alisa Goler that Georgia softball is about. She understands what it means to be a Georgia Bulldog, and we are so fortunate and proud to have her tremendous heart, talent and leadership to help carry the legacy of our great former players and our program into the future! This is a tremendous honor for Geri Ann and speaks volumes about what she brings to the field each and every day.”
Next up for the Red & Black is a visit from in-state foe Georgia Southern on March 27, before venturing to Fayetteville, Ark., to battle SEC Western Division foe Arkansas in a three-game series over March 29-30.