NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – Jena Cozza of Massachusetts was named the Atlantic 10 Conference Softball Player of the Week while Manda Cash of Dayton was named Pitcher of the Week, the league announced Monday. Also honored was Cozza’s teammate, Hannah Bunker, who was named Rookie of the Week. The awards were based
Cozza went 5-for-12 (.416) at the plate while driving in seven runs and scoring five over the weekend against George Washington. The senior from Wantagh, N.Y., slugged 1.000 with a .533 on-base percentage and two home runs. She recorded three hits in the 7-4 game-one win over GW, picking up her first RBI to tie it up at two in the fourth inning before hitting a leadoff home run in the eighth inning. Cozza scored three runs with five RBI on two hits in a game three, crushing a grand slam to center field to move her into a tie for third-most all-time home runs at UMass with 32 in her career.
Cash, a senior from Columbus, Ohio, allowed zero runs in 13.1 innings of work while recording three wins and one save for Dayton. She tossed 1.2 innings on Wednesday at Youngstown State to record her third save of the season. She started the first game at St. Bonaventure Thursday, throwing a two-hit complete game in Dayton’s 9-0 five-inning win. Cash came in for 2.1 innings of relief in the nightcap Thursday to earn her second win of the day. On Friday, she entered the game with the score tied at five runs each and held the Bonnies’ scoreless for the remainder of the contest. For the week, Cash gave up a total of six hits and struck out 11 while walking five.
Bunker posted a .615 on-base percentage over the weekend, driving in five runs while scoring five of her own. The freshman from Waterford, Mich., picked up an RBI in all three games in a sweep of GW. She went 4-for-9 (.444) at the plate, including two hits in an extra-inning game one win. She drove in the third run in the eighth inning to put UMass ahead 7-4. She drove in three runs in a 15-0 game three win and scored two, including two on an RBI single in the fifth in the midst of an eight-run UMass inning.