NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – Fordham’s Madison Shaw was named the Atlantic 10 Softball Player of the Week while Dayton’s Manda Cash earned Pitcher of the Week. Also honored were Fordham’s Madison Aughinbaugh and George Washington’s Jenna Cone who were named Co-Rookies of the Week. The awards were based off performances from games held Feb. 27-March 5.
Shaw led the Rams to a five-game sweep of N.C. State's Homewood Suites by Hilton Invitational. The junior recorded four home runs and drove in an astounding 17 teammates in just 16 plate appearances, including two grand slams. Against Rutgers on Friday evening, Shaw hit two home runs in the same game for the second time in her career, one of the grand slams and a three-run home run. Against the Scarlet Knights on Saturday evening, her third-inning three-run shot proved to be the winning runs in the 14-5 victory. On Sunday, Fordham downed N.C. State, 16-2, with Shaw driving in the go-ahead runs in the first inning with a grand slam. The junior would later add a RBI single and RBI double to cap the scoring in the fourth inning. She is now slashing .412/.492/.784 on the year with five home runs and a conference-leading 24 RBI in just 51 at bats.
Cash tossed two complete-game wins over the weekend, giving up only one run over 14 innings. On Friday, she worked seven scoreless innings allowing five hits but struck out eight to only one walk. On Saturday, Cash allowed a single run over seven innings of work while striking out nine and walking none. She posted a 0.50 ERA for the weekend and holds a team-best 2.43 ERA and has a 2.65 strikeout to walk ratio for the season.
Aughinbaugh picked up two wins over the weekend, helping Fordham to a five-game sweep of the N.C. State Invitational. The Port Tobacco, Md. native, tossed four scoreless innings of relief against Lehigh in the opener, allowing just four hits and one walk, to preserve a 4-2 score and pick up the victory in the process. The following day against the hosts, she again relieved Quense and allowed one run in one inning of work in the win. The freshman started against Rutgers in the following contest and earned the win by tossing three innings of one-run ball with two hits and no walks allowed. Aughinbaugh again came out in relief in the tournament finale against the Wolfpack, tossing a 16-pitch perfect inning with two strikeouts. She sported a 2-0 record and 1.56 ERA in 9.0 innings with just eight hits and two runs allowed.
Cone tallied a monster week to help the Colonials grab three run-rule wins. The rookie batted .455 (5-for-11) in her three starts this weekend, crushing two home runs and a double for a 1.091 slugging percentage. The catcher and third baseman from Trabuco Canyon, Calif., knocked in a stellar eight RBI through the three games. Cone added one walk for a .500 on-base percentage and did not strike out all weekend. Cone started all three contests - two at third and one behind the plate - to tally three putouts and four assists without an error.