NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – Fordham’s Madison Shaw and Massachusetts’ Jena Cozza were named the Atlantic 10 Softball Co-Players of the Week while George Mason’s Marina Vitalich earned Pitcher of the Week. Also honored was Saint Joseph’s Molly Kapala who was named Rookie of the Week. The awards were based off performances from games held April 10-16.
Shaw helped the Rams to a 3-3 record on the week with a .474 batting average, .476 on-base percentage and a .842 slugging percentage. The junior tallied a hit in all six contests and at least one RBI in the last five. In a doubleheader Wednesday at Lehigh, the junior was 3-for-6 and made her first career appearance at shortstop on the defensive end. Shaw's RBI single in game one was the only scoring in the contest for the Rams and, in game two, the junior tallied a triple, a RBI walk, two runs scored, and a stolen base. Shaw was the bulk of the team's offense against UMass this weekend. In game one of the series, she drove in a run on a sac fly and later provided a clutch two-out two-run single in the seventh. In the first game of Saturday's doubleheader, Shaw blasted her 10th home run of the year, a two-run shot in the fifth. The Raynham, Mass., native saved her best for last, helping Fordham to a 7-4 win with a 3-for-4 day at the plate with a pair of doubles and a single, one run driven in, and one run scored. Shaw's 10 home runs and 54 RBI lead the Rams and the latter number is top-10 in the country and already fourth-most in a single season in program history.
Cozza paced the Minutewomen to a 4-1 record last week, including two conference wins over previously top-ranked Fordham. The Wantagh, N.Y., native, took eight at bats as the designated hitter in a doubleheader at Rhode Island on Wednesday and made her defensive season debut against Fordham during the weekend, playing all three games at third base. The senior batted .500 over the five contests with eight hits, seven runs scored, four RBI and her first home run of the season. She posted an on-base percentage of .619 and a slugging percentage of .750.
Vitalich pitched in three games last week and took credit for two of Mason's five victories. The sophomore threw two complete games in the weekend series at Rhode Island, which the Patriots swept to extend their win streak to six games. In 18.0 innings of work over the course of the week, Vitalich struck out 21 batters and gave up three runs, none of them earned, for a weekly ERA of 0.00. After completing her freshman season with a 1.75 ERA, a top five achievement in program history, the San Pedro, Calif., native, is on course to shatter her own record with current ERA of 1.55.
Kapala helped Saint Joseph’s to a 5-0 record this past week, batting .500 and tallying nine RBI. In a mid-week matchup versus Delaware, Kapala went 5-for-6 with eight runs batted in and a stolen base in a sweep over the Blue Hens. The freshman from Tinley Park, Ill., followed that performance with a pair of doubles, an RBI and a run scored as the Hawks swept the three-game series from the Bonnies.