Glasco Nabs USA Softball National Player of the Week

I would like to preface this story by saying how awesome of a feat this is to accomplish. Not only has Geri Ann been awarded the SEC Freshman of the Week award on three separate occassion, but this is her third National Player of the Week honor after garnering NFCA POW and College Sports Madness POW honors earlier in the year. Geri Ann is the first rookie who has earned the USA Softball National POW award this year and is really blazing the trail as a Bulldog rookie! We are going to be seeing big things from Geri Ann for a few more years, but here’s hoping to a strong finish to 2013. Go, Geri!!! Go Dawgs!!!


(Story Courtesy USA SOFTBALL)

OKLAHOMA CITY —  Geri Ann Glasco (Watkinsville, Ga.) has been named the USA Softball National Collegiate Player of the Week for April 8-14, the Amateur Softball Association (ASA) of America and USA Softball announced today. The Georgia freshman led her team from the plate with a .412 average over five games last week and belted four homeruns in the process. Each of her homers were either go-ahead homeruns or game-winners. Glasco helped Georgia to a 4-1 record on the week.

“I am fortunate to be a player on a team with awesome teammates that motivate and build each other daily in practice,” said Glasco. “While being recognized by such a great organization is so exciting and appreciated, victory on the field with my team is the ultimate goal and I am thrilled to have had a part in helping my team pick up some wins.”
Glasco began the week going three-for-six with three RBI and a run scored against Western Carolina to help Georgia to 12-0 and 9-0 wins. In their weekend series with South Carolina, the Georgia native put on a hitting clinic from the batter’s box. On Saturday, Glasco hit three, two-run homeruns and the Bulldogs needed every one of them as they escaped with a 7-6 win. On Sunday, in the final game of the series, the freshman came up big again when she hit her fourth two-run homer of the weekend. The two runs would be the only scored on the day as Georgia defeated South Carolina 2-0 to take the series.
“We have an amazing group of superbly talented student-athletes that compete every single day in practice to make themselves and the team better on game days,” said Georgia Head Coach Lu Harris-Champer. “This past weekend Geri Ann produced in key situations over and over and showed what being a Bulldog is all about. She is a gifted and truly clutch hitter as well as being an extremely hard worker and a fierce competitor that exemplifies the type of players we have at Georgia.”
This is the first USA Softball National Collegiate Player of the Week honor for the freshman and the first Player of the Week honors for Georgia since Brianna Hesson won the award in week seven of the 2011 season.
Geri Ann Glasco prepares to swing in a game against Campbell earlier this season.

Geri Ann Glasco prepares to swing in a game against Campbell earlier this season. (Courtesy, shot by Evan Stichler)


Geri Ann Glasco NFCA National Player of the Week


LOUISVILLE, Ky. – For her impressive efforts during the past week at both the plate and in the circle for No. 22 Georgia (25-7), Bulldog freshman pitcher/first baseman Geri Ann Glasco has been selected as the Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division I National Player of the Week for March 26.

The Watkinsville, Ga., native and reigning Southeastern Conference Freshman of the Week helped power UGA to a perfect 4-0 record over March 18-24, hitting an impressive .600 overall (6-for-10) with seven runs scored, five walks, five HR’s and eight RBIs. She also posted a 3-0 record from the pitching circle, while contributing to a pair of combined one-hit shutouts, and struck out eight over 12 innings of work. Glasco homered in all four of Georgia’s contests against Gardner-Webb and Ole Miss (three games), including blasting a big fly in three consecutive at-bats during a Saturday doubleheader versus the Rebels.  For the week she slugged at a staggering 2.100 clip and posted an OPS mark of 2.788.

“Receiving this award is truly an honor, but none of this would be possible without the support of my coaches and my tremendous teammates who are dedicating themselves to our team and pushing each other daily to achieve our goals,” Glasco said.  “In the end, what I am truly looking forward to is the opportunity for success that lies ahead of us as a team.”

Glasco currently leads No. 22 Georgia with a .452 batting average, a .935 slugging percentage and a .542 on-base percentage, is second in RBIs (39) and has now tied the mark for the most HR’s ever by a Bulldog freshman with 12.  In the circle she possesses a squad-best 15-1 overall record to go along with a 2.17 ERA, nine complete games and 96 strikeouts over 93.2 frames of effort.

“Geri Ann has grown up watching Georgia softball,” UGA head coach Lu Harris-Champer said. “She embodies the enthusiasm, talent and work habit of players like Taylor Schlopy, Megan Wiggins and Alisa Goler that Georgia softball is about.  She understands what it means to be a Georgia Bulldog, and we are so fortunate and proud to have her tremendous heart, talent and leadership to help carry the legacy of our great former players and our program into the future!  This is a tremendous honor for Geri Ann and speaks volumes about what she brings to the field each and every day.” 

Next up for the Red & Black is a visit from in-state foe Georgia Southern on March 27, before venturing to Fayetteville, Ark., to battle SEC Western Division foe Arkansas in a three-game series over March 29-30.