LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Hawai’i Hilo senior Colleen Aubrey and for the third time this season, Valdosta State junior Caitlyn Calhoun, were selected as this week’s Louisville/Slugger NFCA Division II National Player and Pitcher of the Week, respectively, for games played over March 23-29.
Aubrey, a native of Sunnyvale, Calif., was a consistent threat at the plate for the Vulcans over an 11-game span last week. The senior outfielder batted .528 (19-26) with seven doubles, 10 RBI, 15 runs scored. She recorded a hit in nine-of-11 contests, including seven multiple-hit games. In addition, Aubrey drew eight walks and posted a .794 on base percentage in helping her team post a 9-2 mark last week.
“I am honored to receive this award this week and especially this year,” said Aubrey. “I have learned how to play for my teammates, and we continue to push each other and to me that is the best experience a player can have. I also want to thank my coaches, because without them this wouldn’t have been possible. We are going to continue our hard work and win some more games."
Selected to the Tournament of Champions All-Tournament team, Aubrey hit .480 to help the Vulcans to a 6-1 mark and a Bronze bracket title. She was 4-for-5 with a double, RBI and three runs scored versus Holy Names and went 3-for-4 with a double, two RBI and two runs scored against Cal State East Bay.
“Colleen has been tremendous all year for us,” head coach PeeJay Brun said. “She is a true catalyst on our team. Her intensity on the field and in the dugout has helped catapult us to our 9-2 record this past week."
In garnering her third award of the season, Calhoun, a native of Hamilton, Ohio, put in another dominant performance in the circle for No. 1 Valdosta State, tossing 19 innings of scoreless ball with 34 strikeouts and just one walk. Surrendering just four hits, the righty held her opponents to a .066 batting average and started her new scoreless streak after having her 46.2-inning streak snapped last Sunday.
“This is great for Caitlyn,” head coach Thomas Macera said. “She worked really hard during the offseason and last year, and she has definitely stepped up her game. She’s earned every honor she’s received this year, and her success is a great example of how hard work pays off.”
In the Blazers’ Gulf South series opener against Union, Calhoun tossed her fourth no-hitter of the season as she faced just one batter over the minimum, striking out 14 and walking one in a 3-0 victory. She followed that up with a two-hit shutout with 10 punchouts and zero walks in a 2-0 win, which at the time extended their winning streak to 23 games. Earlier in the week, she tossed a five-inning two-hit shutout (10 K) on the road at Lander.
“Caitlyn is quiet and humble,” Macera on Calhoun’s unselfish, team-oriented mentality. “She understands the stage that she’s on and is very appreciative of what she’s getting this year.”
Player of the Week
April 1 – Colleen Aubrey (Hawai’i Hilo)
March 25 – Tiffany Gillaspy (Missouri Western)
March 18 – Tiffany Hollingsworth (Humboldt State)
March 11 – Stephanie Mark (Northwest Missouri State)
March 4 – Jayne MacDonald (Cal State East Bay)
Feb. 25 – Ashley Walker (Winona State)
Feb. 18 – Nicole Nobbe (Cal State San Bernardino)
Pitcher of the Week
April 1 – Caitlyn Calhoun (Valdosta State)
March 25 – Vianna Gutierrez Touchtone (St. Mary’s)
March 18 – Hannah Perryman (Missouri-St. Louis)
March 11 – Caitlyn Calhoun (Valdosta State)
March 4 – Courtney Poole (North Georgia)
Feb. 25 – Shea Coats (Oklahoma Christian)
Feb. 18 – Caitlyn Calhoun (Valdosta State)
Selected Top Performances
Gulf South Player of the Week, West Alabama’s Ashley Stassin, batted .600 (12-for-20) with a double, three home runs, 11 RBI and seven runs scored… Charleston’s Courtney Fain finished 3-0 with a 1.11 ERA, two shutouts, a no-hitter and 40 strikeouts in 19 innings to earn Mountain East Pitcher of the Week recognition… St. Mary’s (Texas) Nicole Sardelich batted .684 with 13 hits, four doubles, a triple, home run, 12 RBI and nine runs scored to garner Heartland Player of the Week honors… PacWest Pitcher of the Week, Vanessa Salinas of Hawai’i Hilo, posted a 7-0 mark with a 1.71 ERA and 27 strikeouts in 45 innings of work… Academy of Art’s Haily MacDonald garnered Co-PacWest Player of the Week recognition after batting .560 (14-25) with six RBI and eight runs, to go along with a perfect 10-for-10 in stolen bases at the Tournament of Champions… Heartland Pitcher of the Week, Shea Coats of Oklahoma Christian, went 1-0 with a save, tossing a five-hit, 13-K shutout… USC-Aiken’s Andrea Daring earned Peach Belt Player of the Week honors after batting .471 and slugging 1.353 with five home runs, 10 RBI and six runs scored… RMAC Pitcher of the Week, Cassidy Smith of Metro State, was 3-0 with a 1.56 ERA and 12 strikeouts… Saint Martin’s Sam Munger was named MVP of the Cal State Stanislaus Tournament of Champions and GNAC Player of the Week after batting .583 (14-24) with two home runs and eight RBI and was 3-0 with a save, 0.83 ERA and 11 strikeouts in the circle… Regis’ Nicole Hull took home RMAC Player of the Week recognition after batting .615 (8-13) with two doubles, two home runs, nine RBI, six runs scored, a 643 OBP and 1.231 slugging percentage… Stillman’s Mickenzie Sparks tossed a perfected game with 11 strikeouts and also provided 4. 1innings of one-hit, nine-strikeout relief to earn SIAC Picher of the Week honors… Peach Belt Pitcher of the Week, Armstrong State’s Ollivia McLemore, tossed two complete games, including a one-hit shutout and finished the week 2-0 with 17 strikeouts… Tyler Oppenheim of Texas A&M-Commerce batted .615 (8-for-13) with four multi-hit contests to garner Lone Star Player of the Week honors…MIAA Hitter of the Week, Stephanie Mark of Northwest Missouri, was 9-for-16 with three home runs, two doubles, five RBI and eight runs scored… Texas A&M-Kingsville’s Carlie Clark was 3-0 with a 0.67 ERA, 13 strikeouts and complete-game shutout to take home the Lone Star Pitcher of the Week plaudit… MIAA Pitcher of the Week, Kendle Schieber of Northwest Missouri, finished 2-0 after throwing 13.1 scoreless innings with a one-hit shutout and held her opponents to a .093 average… Bellarmine’s Ally Foster was named Great Lakes Valley Pitcher of the Week after working 20.2 innings of scoreless ball, surrendering two hits and striking out 38 batters; She also tossed an eight-inning no-hitter versus Illinois-Springfield… South Atlantic Player of the week, Elayna Siebert of Carson-Newman, posted 13 hits, four doubles, seven RBI, two home runs and a .591 batting average… Jamie Hrobak of Brevard earned South Atlantic Pitcher of the Week honors after posting two wins and 26 strikeouts in 21 innings with a 0.33 ERA in four appearances… East Central’s Marissa Shaffer was selected Great American Pitcher of the Week after going 2-0 with a save, striking out 10 and holding her opponents to a .135 batting average… Humboldt State’s Katie Obbema was selected CCAA Pitcher of the Week after posting 3-0 mark with 0.00 ERA in four appearances last week; she did not allow a runs, struck out 16 and walked two in 13 innings… Ashley Fedor of Molloy was named East Coast Co-Player of the Week after batting .545 (12-for-22) with five doubles a triple, 10 runs scored and eight RBI… Queens’ Monique Roberge posted a 2-1 mark with two complete-game shutouts and batted .389 with two home runs and 10 runs scored share ECC Player of the Week honors... LIU Post’s Ashley Martin was 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA and nine strikeouts to take home ECC Pitcher of the Week accolades… Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference Player of the Week, Brielle Reighn of Caldwell, batted .700 (7for-10) with three doubles, a triple and seven RBI and was also named ECAC Division II Player of the Week… King University’s Morgan Lowe was tabbed Conference Carolina’s Pitcher of the Week after she posted a 3-1 mark with 0.27 ERA