Schoblocher's Performance Earns Program's First National Award
Junior Outfielder Named ASA/USA National Player of the Week
ASA/USA Softball National Player of the Week Rlease
Conference USA National Player of the Week Release
DENTON - After a six home run, 12 RBI performance in the opening weekend of play, North Texas softball's Taylor Schoblocher continues to rack up the awards. On Monday, she was named Conference USA's Player of the Week. Today, the Amateur Softball Association/USA Softball named the junior outfielder its National Player of the Week for the first week of the season.
"It's not often you get to witness a weekend like Scho had," head coach Tracey Kee said. "I personally have never seen someone do what she did and I've been coaching for many years."
As a program, North Texas softball has never had a player win any type of national award. In just her second season at the helm, it's evident Kee is molding her players to take this team to the next level. Schoblocher fits this mold.
"Taylor's ability to stay disciplined and focused at each bat was a true credit to her skill set," Kee added. "As a university and program, we are happy to see her hardwork pay off."
In 2013, Schoblocher led the team in home runs with 11. After six blasts in the first three days of the season, a feat that already exceeds her 2014 total of five, she looks poised to once again reclaim her crown as the teams leading power hitter.
"All I can say is, I have been working really hard and it is starting to finally pay off," Schoblocher explained. "I know I still have a ways to go, but this is already an amazing start to this season."
If the junior continues at this torrid pace, she might not just lead the Mean Green, but also the entire NCAA in several offensive categories. No North Texas softball player has ever finished the season as a national statistic leader. If her numbers from this weekend were to continue to hold, Schoblocher will rewrite the season single record books.
After a weekend in which Schoblocher broke or tied four single game program records, she now has her sights set on even more. With nearly two whole seasons still left in front of her, she will continue to chase history, currently sitting at the No. 2 spot on the All-Time North Texas career list for slugging percentage (.563), No. 5 for onbase percentage (.375), and No. 7 for batting average (.283). With 22 career home runs, she is currently tied for No. 7 all-time with Caitlin Grimes (2009-12), the older sister of current teammate Kenzie Grimes.
Schoblocher and North Texas will look to continue the offensive momentum into this next weekend in Tempe, where they might need every bit of it. The Mean Green will be stacked up against two Top 25 ranked teams in the ASU Littlewood Classic: No. 15 Washington and host No. 21 Arizona State.
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