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Massachusetts' Stavinoha Named A-10 Softball Player of the Week; Oliver Named Pitcher of the Week

By Atlantic 10 Conference

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NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – Massachusetts senior Kaitlyn Stavinoha was named the Atlantic 10 Conference Softball Player of the Week while her sophomore teammate Kiara Oliver was named Pitcher of the Week, the league announced Monday. Dayton’s Alyssa Cacini was named Rookie of the Week. The awards are based off performances from Feb. 25 – March 3.   

 

Stavinoha posted a .500 average with a .722 slugging percentage to go along with three extra-base hits to put together three multi-hit games and two multi-RBI efforts. The shortstop from The Woodlands, Texas, opened the weekend with consecutive three-hit performances, driving in two runs while scoring one in a 5-0 win over Columbia on Friday She went 3-of-4 with two RBI, two doubles and a run scored in a 2-1 win over Winthrop in game two and hit a two-RBI triple to cap off the weekend in a 2-of-4 performance during a 10-2 win over Columbia on Sunday.

Oliver held a no-hitter for five-plus innings in both starts on the weekend on her way to finishing 2-0 in the circle with a 0.00 ERA, two saves and 11 strikeouts. The pitcher from North Kingstown, R.I., held opponents to a .096 average on the weekend, allowing just five hits in 16.0 innings of work. Oliver tossed 6.0 innings of shutout softball against Columbia while surrendering no walks and allowed just three hits in a complete game shutout win over East Carolina, holding a no-hit bid until one out in the sixth inning on her way to striking out five. She also picked up a save against Winthrop to tie the UMass mark in single-season saves while moving to second on the all-time saves list.

Cacini led the team with a .750 average as Dayton collected three wins at the weather-shortened Belmont Bruin Classic. She was a perfect 2-for-2 with one walk in a 3-1 win over Northern Kentucky. In Dayton's 3-2 win over Belmont, Cacini batted a two-RBI double to tie the game at two runs apiece. She recorded seven putouts and three assists to zero errors while posting a .800 on-base percentage and a 1.000 slugging percentage.

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