Roening’s big week gets national honor

The Missouri junior is named the USA Softball National Player of the Week.
Wednesday, May 4, 2005 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 1:19 p.m. CDT, Thursday, July 10, 2008

On Tuesday, junior outfielder Janessa Roening became the first Missouri softball player to be named the USA Softball National Player of the Week. She was also named Big 12 Player of the Week.

Roening was 7-for-13 with four runs scored, seven RBI and two home runs in three games – a win against North Dakota State and two victories against No. 4 Texas A&M. She was 4-for-6 on Saturday against Texas A&M, including the winning single. On Sunday, Roening hit a two-run home run in the fifth and tied the game with her two-out single in the seventh.

“I am both proud and honored to be part of a team that plays with such heart and emotion, and I think our two-game series with Texas A&M was probably the most heartfelt games we’ve played all season,” Roening said in a press release. “I can honestly say that I’ve never felt that level of emotion before. I know that this team is capable of great things and these wins were not a one-time thing. I really think we’ve helped take this program to a whole new level and I’m glad that I’ve been able to help this team achieve its level of success this season.”

CHIEFS SIGN VILLE: The Kansas City Chiefs signed four rookie free agents Tuesday, including former Missouri defensive end Zach Ville.

Ville, center Mike Johnson, defensive tackle Darius Jones and cornerback Justin Perkins each agreed to terms of two-year contracts.

Ville had 22 starts at Missouri as a junior college transfer from Coalinga, Calif. Originally from Miami, the 6-foot-1, 291-pound defensive end had 85 tackles, 4 1/2 sacks and one interception at Missouri.

Johnson appeared in 41 games and had 37 starts at Kansas State. The 6-foot-3, 296-pound snapper from Boulder, Colo., earned honorable mention All-Big 12 honors from The Associated Press in his junior and senior seasons.

Jones racked up 92 tackles and eight sacks in 30 games at Wisconsin. The 6-foot-2, 304-pound defensive tackle also had one fumble recovery, four forced fumbles and an interception.

Perkins had 36 starts at cornerback for Connecticut and started in every game of his senior season. The 5-foot-10, 186-pound All-Big East player from Sunrise, Fla., had 38 tackles and five interceptions in his senior season.

ROCKER INCIDENT: John Rocker, attempting a comeback with the minor league Long Island Ducks, had a testy exchange with a fan Tuesday as he walked off the field after another disappointing performance

The 30-year-old lefty gave up two runs, two hits and two walks in one-third of an inning on the mound in Long Island’s 2-1 loss to the Atlantic City Surf in the second game of a doubleheader.

As Rocker left the field, Dave Macken of Atlantic City, a Surf fan sitting near the visitors dugout, yelled, “It’s a long way from Atlanta.”

Rocker replied, I’m still a millionaire and followed with a profanity, Macken told The Press of Atlantic City. Macken said the two then exchanged profanities.

Rocker recalled the exchange differently. “Call me what you want, but don’t start cussing at me like that,” he was quoted as telling the paper. “That’s just wrong.”

Rocker, who dropped to 0-2, entered with a 1-0 lead in the fifth and loaded the bases on two singles and a walk. He walked Raul Marval with the bases loaded, forcing in the tying run, and gave up a go-ahead sacrifice fly to Jose Velazquez.

The former Atlanta reliever is most well known for remarks he made in a 1999 interview with Sports Illustrated in which he bashed gays, minorities and foreigners.

Rocker last pitched in the major leagues for Tampa Bay in 2003. He had surgery for a torn rotator cuff in July of that year and did not pitch last season.

The Ducks play in the independent Atlantic League.

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