WEST HARTFORD, Conn. - Freshman Amaria Sharon (Tolland, Conn.) of the University of Saint Joseph softball team was named Fastpitch News (FPN) NCAA DIII National Softball Player of the Week, it was announced by FPN on Tuesday morning. Sharon adds the national honor after collecting her third GNAC Rookie of the Week nod and first GNAC Pitcher of the Week award on Monday. The rookie powered the Blue Jays to a 5-0 (4-0 GNAC) record last week, picking up the win inside the circle in all five games and hitting .500 (8-16) at the plate.
In a 5-0 week (4-0 GNAC) for the Blue Jays, freshman right-handed hurler Amaria Sharon earned the win inside the circle in all five games to improve her record on the season to a GNAC-best 10-2. Across 25.1 innings pitched for the week, the rookie allowed just two earned runs, resulting in a minuscule 0.55 ERA, while lowering her ERA on the season to a league-leading 1.65. She struck out 16 against just three walks and held opposing batters to a .223 batting average against. The Tolland, CT product went the distance in all three of her starts, highlighted by a three-hit shutout in the first game of a GNAC doubleheader against Mount Ida on Sunday.
At the plate, Sharon hit .500 (8-for-16) for the week to keep her spot atop the GNAC batting average list at .563 for the year. The rookie slugger posted a .500/.556/.813 slash line, belting three of her eight hits for extra bases, including her second home run of the season, a three-run blast, in a come-from-behind 10-6 victory over Elms on Wednesday. She reached base at least twice in all five games, drove in six RBI and scored five runs, while also going 2-for-2 in stolen base attempts. She is currently on a 16-game hitting streak, recording a base knock in every game that she has played in so far this year.