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 for the third time this year. Also honored was Fordham’s Paige Rauch, who was named Rookie of the Week for the second straight week. The awards, announced Monday, were based
Cozza batted .714 (5-for-7) at the plate with four RBI and two extra-base hits. The Wantagh, N.Y., native slugged 1.286 with a .800 on-base percentage. Against Boston College on Tuesday, she went 1-for-2 while reaching twice on a hit-by-pitch, breaking the UMass single season-record for getting plunked. In game one against Saint Louis, Cozza doubled and scored three runs on a 2-for-2 showing. In game two of the series, she drove in three while hitting her 12th home run of the season in a four-run fifth inning. Cozza has now reached base in 29 straight games.
Cash allowed only one run over 20.0 innings pitched on her way to three wins in the circle this week for Dayton. The senior from Columbus, Ohio, tallied 18 strikeouts, including eight strikeouts in a 3-0 complete-game win at Saint Joseph’s on Saturday,
Rauch helped Fordham to a 3-0 week this week with a .667 average, .833 on-base percentage, and a 2.500 slugging percentage in wins at Iona and Rhode Island with four hits, five runs driven in, a team-high six runs scored, a triple, three home runs, and six walks. The freshman from Windsor, N.Y., started the week off by reaching twice via walk, scoring once, in four plate appearances against the Gaels. Against Rhode Island on Saturday, Rauch went 3-for-3 with her second multi-home run contest, a two-run triple, and scored three runs. She led off game two again with a home run and thereafter was intentionally walked three times. In the circle in game two, Rauch fired her second consecutive shutout, limiting Rhody to just one single and one walk over seven innings with five strikeouts to pick up her ninth win of the season, lowering her ERA to 1.49.