WEST LONG BRANCH, N.J. – Monmouth University softball freshman shortstop Rachel Shotzbarger (Saugus, Calif./Saugus) has been named the MAAC Softball Player of the Week, the league office today announced. With the recognition, the Hawks have claimed the award in each of the past two weeks, as Shotzbarger joins Kayleena Flores (Atwater, Calif./Buhach Colony) in being honored. Later Tuesday, the ECAC announced that Shotzbarger had also been named ECAC Division I Metro-Upstate Co-Player of the Week. Shotzbarger hit a team-leading .667 (10-for-15) with four doubles, a home run, five RBI’s, four runs scored and a stolen base in the Hawks’ 4-1 week.
Shotzbarger started the week with a 3-for-3 effort with an RBI against Penn on Wednesday. She then went 1-for-2 with a walk and a stolen base in Game 1 against Niagara, before erupting for a 3-for-4 effort with two doubles, a home run, three RBI’s and three runs scored as the Hawks defeated Niagara, 11-3, in a mercy-rule shortened Game 2.
Shotzbarger finished the week with a double and a run scored in Game 1 against Canisius, before going 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI in Game 2. For the week, she posted a .688 on-base percentage and a 1.133 slugging percentage. For the season, she’s now leading the Hawks with a .343 batting average, 23 RBI’s, 13 doubles, a .529 slugging percentage and 15 walks. She’s second on the team with a .427 on-base percentage.
The Hawks play their final regular-season non-conference contest Thursday, when they travel to Temple. First pitch from Ambler, Pa., is scheduled for 4 p.m.