By George Chen
The accolades just keep piling up for Stanford rookie sensation Kelsey Stevens.
On the heels of earning Pac-12 Pitcher of the Week distinctions last week, the freshman ace was named the Louisville Slugger/NCFA Division National Player of the Year on Tuesday.
The Albuquerque, NM native went 3-0 this past weekend at the Mary Nutter Classic in Cathedral City, Calif., posting two complete game shutouts, including a perfect game. Over the course of 19 innings, she fanned 19 batters, boasted a 0.00 ERA and allowed only seven hits with a .115 combined opponent batting average.
Setting the tone for her dominant weekend performance, Stevens gave up just four hits against No. 13 Georgia on Friday to clinch a 6-0 victory for the Cardinal. Stevens then pitched the tenth perfect game in school history the next day against Virginia, striking out ten Cavalier batters and giving Stanford a 4-0 win in the process.
Having won ten out of their last 11 games, Stevens and the Cardinal look to carry their momentum into the Easton Invitational at Fullerton, Calif. starting on March 1.