Tuesday March 27, 2012Michelle Moultrie Picks Up USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Week Honors
Oklahoma City, Okla.
Oklahoma City, Okla.
Fresh off her first SEC Player of the Week honor this season Monday, Florida softball senior outfielder Michelle Moultrie (Jacksonville, Fla.) has been named USA Softball’s Collegiate Player of the Week, announced by the Amateur Softball Association (ASA) of America Tuesday. Moultrie picks up the USA Softball honor for the second time in her career donning the Orange and Blue after being recognized in February of 2011.
"It is truly an honor and a blessing to be named USA Softball's Collegiate Player of the Week,” Moultrie said. “I want to thank God, my coaches and my teammates for helping me to be the best that I can be."
Moultrie, a 2011 and 2012 USA Softball Women’s National Team member, carried the Gators through the last week of play, going 8-for-11 at the plate, good for a .727 batting clip, with three doubles, two homers, four RBI, six runs scored and a stolen base, while registering a 1.545 slugging percentage and .750 on-base mark as the Gators (29-2, 10-1 SEC) swept their three-game weekend set over Arkansas in Fayetteville.
"This is a great accomplishment and honor for a great role model and athlete,” Florida head coach Tim Walton said. “Michelle carries our team every day, and this weekend was no exception - she's an invaluable asset to our program. Michelle is everything that you dream of as a player and person to represent the University of Florida and we're thankful to ASA/USA Softball for recognizing her this week."
The 2011 WCWS co-Most Outstanding Player, who ranks sixth in the country in triples and eighth in runs per game, went 4-for-4 with a stolen base and two doubles as the Orange and Blue opened the series with a 6-0 win over the Hogs Friday, a season-best and career-tying performance for UF’s sole senior. Moultrie then struck again Saturday and Sunday with 2-for-4 and 2-for-3 performances, respectively, homering in each and adding her third double of the series Saturday to propel the Gators to their fifth-consecutive series sweep over the Razorbacks.
Moultrie, UF’s career stolen bases leader, now leads this year’s Florida squad with 15 multiple hit games, connecting for a hit in 22 of UF’s 31 games this season. She’s registered at least one hit in 112 of 138 games since her sophomore season in 2010 and reached base safely in all but four contests this year.
Midway through the 2012 campaign, Moultrie leads the Gators in hits (42), runs (40), slugging percentage (.839), batting clip (.452), triples (4), stolen bases (17) and attempts (19), while ranking second in doubles (4) and homers (8).
No stranger to softball at the national and international level, Moultrie helped lead Team USA to two Gold Medals over the offseason as the Red, White and Blue captured Gold at the World Cup of Softball last July in Oklahoma City and at the Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico, in October.
Already, Moultrie will have the opportunity to continue her career professionally after her collegiate eligibility as the former Gator walk-on was selected by the National Pro Fastpitch’s USSSA Florida Pride (Orlando) in the fourth round of the 2012 NPF Senior Draft in Memphis, Tenn., March 7. Moultrie was the 12th overall pick in the draft as the fourth pick in the third round of the 2012 draft.