LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Cassie Ford of No. 13 Colorado School of Mines and Mandy Greenberg of Minot State have been selected as the Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division II National Player and Pitcher of the Week for March 20, respectively.

A sophomore designated player for the Orediggers, Ford batted 9-for-12 (.750) last week while registering a pair of doubles, three walks, three HR’s, six runs scored and 10 RBIs against Regis (Colo.) and Metro State. She registered at least two hits and three RBIs in three out of four contests while slugging at a 1.667 clip and posting a .800 on-base percentage.  During her finest effort of the week in a 13-10 win over Metro State, Ford posted a career-high four hits in five at-bats with three runs scored, two HR’s and a career-high-equaling four RBIs.  The reigning Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Player of the Week currently leads Colorado School of Mines with a .429 batting average and nine doubles to go along with five HR’s and 24 RBIs.

The current Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Pitcher of the Week, Greenberg starred for Minot State at the National Training Center Tournament in Clermont, Fla., by registering a 5-0 record with two saves, a 0.42 ERA and 56 strikeouts over just 32.2 innings of work. Perhaps her finest effort of the week came during a 7-1 victory over Alderson-Broaddus as the Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, native struck out a season-high 14 batters despite allowing a single tally to end her consecutive scoreless inning streak to begin the year at a remarkable 37 straight frames.  For the season the senior pitcher is 9-0 overall with a miniscule 0.26 ERA, three shutouts and 100 strikeouts over 54.2 frames of effort while allowing the opposition to hit at just a .154 clip.

Other Selected Top Performances

Caldwell College’s Dia Cascone batted .600 (9-for-15) with a double, a triple, two HR’s and nine RBIs on her way to CACC Player of the Week honors…Concord’s Becca Gleason hit .480 (12-for-25) and set a school record with three triples in a single game during a win over Cairn…Humboldt State’s Chrissy Stalf posted a .647 average (11-for-17) with seven runs scored, three HR’s and a 1.235 slugging percentage for the Lumberjacks…UMass-Lowell’s Abby Jamieson batted .619 (13-for-21) with eight RBIs…Lizzie Perez of Humboldt State nabbed CCAA Pitcher of the Week after posting a perfect 4-0 record with a 1.25 ERA and 14 strikeouts over 22.1 innings…Colorado State-Pueblo’s Justine Bosio won RMAC Pitcher of the Week by going 2-0 from the circle and hitting .636 at the plate with three HR’s and 10 RBIs…Chowan’s Leigh Ward batted .733 (11-for-15) with four steals and six RBIs in reaping CIAA Player of the Week accolades, while teammate Courtney Baker hit .588 (10-for-17) with three doubles and 11 RBIs in earning CIAA Offensive Player of the Week…UMSL’s Madison Zbaraschuk was 10-for-25 (.600) at the plate with two HR’s and 11 RBIs while receiving GLVC Player of the Week…Gulf South Conference Player of the Week Cortney McNett of Alabama-Huntsville batted .636 with three HR’s and eight RBIs…Fort Hays State’s Maddie Holub was 3-0 with a 0.69 ERA and averaged 12.1 K’s-per-seven innings in earning MIAA Pitcher of the Week…Jacee Bennett of Southeastern Oklahoma State was named GAC Pitcher of the Week after posting a 3-0 mark with a save for the Savage Storm in their series against Arkansas-Monticello…Molloy’s Megan Butterworth was 3-0 with 23 strikeouts in 18 innings and a 0.00 ERA in being chosen ECC Pitcher of the Week…Central Washington’s Jill McDaniels batted .667 (8-for-12) with four HR’s and 11 RBIs in reaping GNAC Player of the Week…MIAA Hitter of the Week Katelyn Birchfield of Pittsburg State hit .526 with three HR’s and eight RBIs for the Gorillas…North Georgia’s Melissa Dickie tossed a no-hitter against Belmont Abbey while going 3-0 with a 0.35 ERA and 10 K’s in 20 frames.

2013 Louisville Slugger Division iI National Player of the Week 

Feb. 20 – Siarra Gomez – Arkansas Tech – So. – 1B/3B – Fort Worth, Texas

Feb. 27 – Veronica Alred – Rollins – Jr. – UTL – Royal Palm Beach, Fla.

March 6 – Ancia Purdy – Sonoma State – So. – SS – Huntingdon Beach, Calif.

March 13 – Renee Erwin – West Texas A&M – So. – OF – Anna, Texas

March 20 – Cassie Ford – Colorado School of Mines – So. – DP – Ramona, Calif.


2013 Louisville Slugger Division iI National Pitcher of the Week 

Feb. 20 – Jacee Bennett – Southeastern Oklahoma State – So. – P – Colbert, Okla.

Feb. 27 – Hanna Gill – Southern Arkansas – So. – P – Albany, La.

March 6 – Katie Warrington – Wilmington Univ. (Delaware) – Sr. – P – Townsend, Del.

March 13 – Maddie Holub – Fort Hays State – Sr. – P/OF – Hays, Kan.

March 20 – Mandy Greenberg – Minot State – Sr. – P – Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

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