Missy Penna Named USA Softball National Player of the Week

Feb. 12, 2008

Stanford, Calif. - Cardinal junior Missy Penna has been named the USA Softball National Player of the Week, as announced by the Amateur Softball Association today. The Miami, Fla. native threw a no-hitter in the season-opener against San Diego and struck out 27 batters in 21 innings to lead the Cardinal to a perfect 4-0 opening weekend.

'I am extremely honored to be chosen by USA Softball from so many outstanding players,' said Penna. 'It was a great team effort this weekend and I give a lot of credit to my team for playing such great defense. I'm excited about the way we started the season and am looking forward to seeing our team develop the rest of this year.'

The 5'10' junior started the 2008 season with her third career no-hit performance. One fielding error from a perfect game, she matched her second-best performance of her career with 14 strikeouts in the 4-0 Cardinal victory over San Diego. She continued to dominate from the circle with two more shutouts during the weekend against Long Beach State. In the first match-up, she allowed just two hits with six strikeouts in the Stanford 1-0 win. In game two, the outcome was the same with a 1-0 win while Penna fanned seven batters and allowed three hits. For the weekend, Penna pitched 21 shutout innings, didn't allow a walk, gave up just five hits to hold opponents to a .076 average and a 0.00 ERA. She also finished the weekend with 27 strikeouts in 21 innings pitched.

Penna earned the 50th win of her career against Long Beach State on Sunday and became just the third pitcher in program history to reach the 500-strikeout plateau on Friday.

'It is a great honor for Missy and our program to be recognized by USA Softball,' said Stanford head coach John Rittman. 'Missy has worked extremely hard during the offseason to prepare for this year. She came out last weekend and really set the tone for our season. She showed what she's capable of both in the circle and as a leader on our team. It exciting to watch her develop as a pitcher and we look forward to her continued success.'

Penna is the fifth Stanford player to earn a National Player of the Week honor all-time, and the first to be chosen by USA Softball. Stanford has ten all-time National Player of the Week awards, with the others earned by Jessica Mendoza, Sarah Beeson, Dana Sorenson and Lauren Lappin.

The Cardinal meets Saint Mary's tomorrow in the team's home-opener, before hosting Santa Clara, Wichita State and Pacific in the Stanford Invitational, Friday through Sunday.

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