Gourley named USA National Player of Week


Published: Tuesday, April 19, 2016 at 10:55 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, April 19, 2016 at 10:55 p.m.

OKLAHOMA CITY — Following a pair of wins over then-No. 5 Louisiana-Lafayette this past weekend, Florida left-hander Delanie Gourley was selected as the USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Week on Tuesday. This is second national award of Gourley's career and Florida's first of the season.

Gourley (13-2) last earned this award on March 3, 2015, after yielding a mere three hits over 11 innings in UF's shutouts of No. 2 Oregon and UC Davis. The junior earned a pair of wins this past weekend against ULL, starting game one of the series and tossing 4.1 innings of relief Sunday.

Her team-high 143 strikeouts are already a new single-season career high, surpassing her 2014 total of 127. Additionally, Gourley crossed the century mark for innings pitched this past weekend. The Lakeside, Calif. native last achieved that mark in 2014, when she logged 107.2 innings.

Gourley's astounding 0.76 earned run average, third lowest in nation, over 89.1 innings would go down as the third-lowest ERA for a single season in Florida history if the season ended today. Stacey Nelson holds UF's top two single-season ERAs, as she recorded a 0.61 ERA (285.1 IP) in 2009 and a 0.75 ERA (352.2 IP) in 2008.

The top-ranked Gators (41-3) play host to No. 25 South Florida (39-10) at 6 p.m. today at Katie Seashole Pressly Stadium before entertaining Mississippi State for a three-game set starting Friday.

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