Texas - For the first time in her career, Texas A&M softball senior Mel
Dumezich has been named the USA Softball National Player of the Week, the
national governing body announced today.
Dumezich (Whiting, Ind.) threw her first two career
no-hitters this week in run-rule shutouts of Stephen F. Austin and Southeastern
Louisiana. The senior handed out just one walk and one unearned run in five
appearances on the week, picking up three solo shutouts and her second save of
the season as she struck out 22 batters and gave up just eight hits in 25
innings of work.
"I think the award for Mel is well-deserved," Head Coach Jo
Evans said. "She did it all. She hit great and really came through for us in
clutch situations. On the mound she was basically flawless. It's well-deserved
and Mel has taken a great leadership role for us. I think her play is
inspirational to our whole team."
Dumezich also shined from the plate, hitting .500 on the
week through seven games. She contributed five runs on nine hits, including
five doubles and a home run, and added seven RBI and two walks.
"I'm honored to be named Player of the Week," Dumezich said.
"Our team is off to a great start this year and we're excited to keep it going.
I credit my team and coaches with my success this week. I couldn't do what I
love to do without them."
This marks the first time an Aggie softball player has
received national weekly honors since All-American Megan Gibson was named the
Louisville Slugger/NFCA Player of the Week on April 15, 2008. Gibson was also
named USA Softball Player of the Week on March 4, 2008.
The No. 5 Aggies are off to the program's best start at 17-0
and have the program's highest national ranking since February of 2009 when the
reigning national runners-up earned a No. 5 preseason mark.
The team hosts Sam Houston State in a single game Wednesday
at 5 p.m. before heading to Orlando, Fla., for the Citrus Classic this weekend.
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