May 7, 2013

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – Laura Bohning of Saint Louis and Temple’s Stephanie Pasquale have been named the Atlantic 10 Conference’s Co-Players of the Week, while Butler’s Jenny Esparza has been honored as Pitcher of the Week. Liz Mendez of Saint Joseph’s was named the A-10 Rookie of the Week.

Bohning made history this weekend as she became just the third player in NCAA Division I history to hit two grand slams in the same inning in a 21-2 victory over Rhode Island on Friday. Bohning set a new school record with nine RBI and 11 total bases in the victory. The Tempe, Ariz., native hit her third grand slam over the weekend in Saint Louis’ 12-3 victory over Massachusetts on Sunday. The victory qualified the Billikens for this week’s A-10 Championship. For the week, Bohning batted .412 (7-for-17) with three home runs, 14 RBI and six runs scored.

Pasquale, a junior from Pompton Lakes, N.J., batted .565 (13-for-23) for the week with a home run, 11 RBI and five runs scored to lead the Owls to a 4-2 record for the week. Pasquale recorded a base-hit in every game including three multi-hit performances against A-10 foes, George Washington and Fordham. The award marks Pasquale’s second A-10 Player of the Week award this season.

Esparza, a senior from Avon, Ind., rattled off three consecutive victories over two days to help the Bulldogs close out the regular season on a four-game winning streak. She tossed a three-hit complete game en route to a victory over Massachusetts in which she allowed only one earned run while striking out nine. Esparza followed up that performance with five shutout innings against Massachusetts and a complete game two-hit victory over Rhode Island. For the week, Esparza was 3-0 and allowed only three runs, two earned, on six hits over 19 innings pitched.

After dropping a tough loss in relief against Fordham on Friday, Mendez responded on Saturday by throwing five shutout innings against the Rams where she allowed only five base-runners. She followed up that performance with a complete game victory against George Washington where she struck out three while scattering six hits and allowing just one run to the Colonials. For the week, she finished 2-1 overall with a 0.91 ERA.