WINTHROP, Mass. - Freshman Amaria Sharon (Tolland, Conn.) of the University of Saint Joseph softball team picked up her second Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) Rookie of the Week honor after helping power the Blue Jays to a 3-0 week, it was announced on Monday afternoon by the league's front office. Sharon picked up three wins in the circle and went 6-for-9 (.667) at the plate for the Blue Jays on the week.
Sharon fueled USJ to a perfect 3-0 week, including a sweep of Saint Joseph's of Maine in their GNAC-opening doubleheader on Sunday afternoon. She earned the win in the circle in all three games, compiling a 1.11 ERA with 15 strikeouts in 19.0 innings pitched. At the plate, she was 6-for-9 (.667) with a home run, five RBI and two stolen bases. The freshman had at least one hit in all three games on the week and has recorded a base knock in every game that she has played in so far this season.
Sharon began the week coming off the bench in a 5-1 midweek victory over Bay Path on Thursday. The Tolland native came on in relief and pitched the final four innings to earn the victory without allowing a run, scattered two hits, walked one and struck out five. In her lone at-bat she blasted her first career home run as a Blue Jay, sending a line drive bullet over the left center field fence to push the lead to 5-1 in the bottom of the fifth inning.
On Sunday against GNAC foe Saint Joseph's Maine, Sharon willed the Blue Jays to a sweep, firing a complete game, two-hit shutout from the mound and going 2-for-4 with three RBI in a 4-1 USJ win in the opener. She faced just five batters over the minimum and struck out four Monks. The rookie followed that up in game two by once again going the distance for her third victory of the week, tossing eight innings with six strikeouts in a 6-5, extra-inning, walk-off win. At the plate in game two she finished 3-for-4 with a RBI and a run scored.
Sharon currently leads the GNAC with a .594 batting average and is second in the league with a 2.30 ERA on the season.