Donnenwirth, Penna Named Pac-10 Softball Player and Pitcher of the Week

April 22, 2008

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ARIZONA STATE'S KRISTA DONNENWIRTH NAMED PAC-10 SOFTBALL PLAYER OF THE WEEK

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - ARIZONA STATE freshman third-baseman Krista Donnenwirth has been named the Pac-10 Softball Player of the Week for April 15-21, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced today.

Donnenwirth, a Mission Viejo, Calif. native, went three-for-five over the weekend and crushed two home runs, in a crucial sweep of rival No. 10/7 Arizona.

Donnenwirth made the difference in ASU's 9-8 come-from-behind win over Arizona with two home runs with two runs scored and three RBIs. Her intentional walk in the seventh put the tying run at the plate and her flawless glove-work at third kept ASU in all four games as she compiled 10 assists and two put outs for a perfect 1.000 fielding average.

In Sunday's matchup of the two desert powers, Arizona took the lead early on a Sam Bannister three-run home run in the first inning, but the Sun Devils answered in the bottom of the inning, plating two. Donnenwirth gave the Sun Devils the 4-3 lead in the third as she hit a two-run bomb way over the right-center field fence.

Arizona cut the lead down to one in the fourth, taking advantage of an ASU error, but Donnenwirth again took the run right back as she crushed a 1-2 pitch from Mowatt so deep into left center it nearly hit another ASU facility over 80 feet past the outfield wall to put the score at 6-4.

The Wildcats rallied for three runs in the seventh thanks to a Lanie Roth homerun, taking an 8-6 lead heading into the final half-inning. Respecting what Donnenwirth had done to them on the afternoon, the Wildcats intentionally walked the hot hitter, but it would come to no avail as Lesley Rogers laced an RBI single and Kristen Miller drove in the deciding two runs with a walk-off double.

No. 1/2 Arizona State hosts the Oregon schools this week, starting with the Beavers on Fri., April 25 and continuing with the Ducks for two on Sat., April 26 and Sun., April 27.

This is the first Player of the Week honor for Donnenwirth in her career. The accolade is the 56th for the Arizona State softball team.

ALSO NOMINATED: Alissa Haber, STAN; Krista Colburn, UCLA.

2008 PAC-10 SOFTBALL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK: Feb. 12 - GiOnna DiSalvatore, UCLA; Feb. 19- Katlin Cochran, ASU; Feb. 26- GiOnna DiSalvatore, UCLA; March 4- Rosey Neill, STAN; March 11- Morgan Stuart, WASH; March 18- Audrey Roderfield, OSU; March 25- Rosey Neill, STAN; April 1- Gina Leomiti, CAL; April 8- Samantha Camuso, UCLA; April 15- K'Lee Aredondo, ARIZ; April 22- Krista Donnenwirth, ASU.

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STANFORD'S MISSY PENNA NAMED PAC-10 SOFTBALL PITCHER OF THE WEEK

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - STANFORD senior Missy Penna has been named the Pac-10 Softball Pitcher of the Week for April 15-21, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced today.

Penna pitched three complete games for the second weekend in a row, carrying Stanford to two more critical Pac-10 wins. On Friday night, Penna went all eight innings, struck out eight and threw a two-hitter to carry Stanford to victory in the opener of the series with California.

On Saturday, she was back in the circle for a 10-K afternoon, while allowing the Bears just four hits and one earned run. Her Saturday win was her 28th of the year, marking the second-highest single-season total in program history.

On Sunday, her third straight complete game, she threw arguably her best game of the weekend, but the Cardinal offense left 10 runners stranded and couldn't bring her the win. For the weekend, Penna struck out 23 batters in 21 innings, posted a 1.67 ERA and a .135 opposing average, and allowed just ten hits.

Stanford hosts Washington and UCLA this week, beginning with the Huskies on Fri., April 25 and continuing with the Bruins over the weekend.

This is Penna's third career Pitcher of the Week honor and the 36th all-time for Stanford.

ALSO NOMINATED: Katie Burkhart, ASU; Marissa Drewrey, CAL; Kelly Dyer, OSU; Anjelica Selden, UCLA.

2008 PAC-10 SOFTBALL PITCHERS OF THE WEEK: Feb. 12- Missy Penna, STAN; Feb. 19- Katie Burkhart, ASU; Feb. 26- Anjelica Selden, UCLA; March 4- Donna Kerr, UCLA; March 11- Anjelica Selden, UCLA; March 18- Marissa Drewrey, CAL; March 25- Katie Burkhart, ASU; April 1- Anjelica Selden, UCLA; April 8- Taryne Mowatt, ARIZ; April 15- Katie Burkhart, ASU; April 22- Missy Penna, STAN.

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