NEWPORT NEWS, Va. -
Temple's Stephanie Pasquale
was named the Atlantic 10 Conference Softball Player of the Week, while Massachusetts' Sara Plourde earned the Pitcher of the Week title and Dayton's Alysha Isaacson was tabbed the Rookie of the Week. Pasquale and Plourde were also tabbed the ECAC Player and Pitcher of the Week, respectively.
Pasquale helped Temple take control of first place in the conference, as she hit .714 in a 2-0 week for the Owls. She went 3-for-4 with two RBI in a 9-1 win against Saint Louis, registering two of those hits and both RBI in the decisive seventh inning that saw the Owls score nine times to get the win. The freshman catcher from Pompton Lakes, N.J., also drove in Temple's only run in a 1-0 win in the second game of the series with the Billikens. She went 5-for-7, did not strikeout once, and earned a .750 on base percentage on the week.
Plourde pitched every inning for Massachusetts this past week, earning a 5-1 record, including four shutouts, a 0.49 ERA and 67 strikeouts and just three earned runs in 43 innings pitched. Plourde went 2-0 in conference play, throwing a complete-game one-hit shutout with 12 strikeouts in game one of a doubleheader against George Washington. She then went all eight innings to get the 5-4 win in game two, allowing just one earned run and fanning 10 with no walks. The Bristol, Conn., junior opened the week with back-to-back shutouts against Connecticut and Fairfield.
Isaacson made four appearances Dayton, posting a 1.83 ERA as the Flyers earned a 3-1 record on the week. The Chula Vista, Calif., native pitched a complete game in the series opener against La Salle, throwing five strikeouts and allowing just one earned run. The freshman stepped in to relieve for 2.1 innings in game two against Fordham. With two outs and a 3-1 lead, Isaacson stepped in and set six batters down in order to earn her second save of the season.