LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Dani Randall of Humboldt State and Mollie Russell of Columbus State have been selected as the Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division II National Player and Pitcher of the Week for April 24, respectively.
A sophomore outfielder and current California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Player of the Week, Randall batted .667 (8-for-12) for the league regular-season titlist Jacks with five runs scored, a double, a triple, three HR’s and 12 RBIs as HSU swept a four-game set from defending national finalist UC San Diego. She slugged at a 1.667 clip and posted a .750 on-base percentage after also walking three times and being struck by a pitch. Perhaps her finest performance came during the opener against the Tritons as Randall went 3-for-4 at the dish with three HR’s and six RBIs while guiding Humboldt State to a commanding 11-3 (6 inn.) victory.
As a senior pitcher for the Cougars, Russell helped power her squad to a second consecutive Peach Belt Conference Tournament crown. She earned Most Valuable Player honors during a dominant run at the event by going 3-0 with a 0.33 ERA and striking out 17 over 21 innings of work while posting wins over Flagler (4-0), then-No. 2 Armstrong Atlantic State (5-1) and then-No. 14 Georgia College (12-0). After tossing a three-hit shutout during the tourney opener against Flagler, she scattered eight hits and allowed just a single tally in a complete-game, semifinal upset of Peach Belt regular-season champion Armstrong. Russell may have saved her best for the championship game as she limited nationally-ranked Georgia College to only two hits and K’ed nine over seven frames.
Other Selected Top Performances
Missouri-St. Louis’ Hannah Perryman was a perfect 3-0 with a 0.00 ERA, two complete-game shutouts and 31 strikeouts over 17 innings in earning GLVC Pitcher of the Week…Heartland Conference Hitter of the Week Haley Richter of St. Mary’s (Texas) batted .533 (8-for-15) with a pair of HR’s (both grand slams) and 10 RBIs…Barry’s Alexis Yohe tossed a perfect game as part of three complete-game efforts and K’ed 18 on her way to Sunshine State Conference Pitcher of the Week accolades…UMass Lowell’s Ali Ferraro was chosen as the Northeast-10 Player of the Week after hitting .600 (-for-15) with five runs scored and five RBIs…GLVC Player of the Week William Jewell’s Rachel Potvin hit .562 (9-for-16) with eight steals, seven runs and four RBIs…Fort Hays State’s Maddie Holub was 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA, her fourth no-hitter of the season and 25 K’s in 14 frames in earning MIAA Pitcher of the Week…Angelo State’s Lauren Smith, the Lone Star Player of the Week, blasted four HR’s and knocked in eight in games against Abilene Christian and Tarleton State…Pacific West Player of the Week Alysia Maddison of Hawai’i Pacific hit .550 (11-for-20) with 15 RBIs and was 2-0 in the circle with a save…Stephanie Jimenez of Cal State Dominguez Hills, the CCAA Pitcher of the Week, picked up three victories, allowing just two earned runs and K’ing 25 in 23.2 innings…Wilmington’s Jillian Stafford hit .818 (9-for-11) with four doubles, a HR and seven runs scored in reaping CACC Player of the Week…CACC Rookie of the Week Dominican’s Kimberly Ragazzo batted .412 (14-for-34) with three HR’s and 12 RBIs…Molloy’s Kelly Jansen received ECC Pitcher of the Week accolades after posting a 4-0 mark with a 1.04 ERA, a no-hitter and 53 strikeouts over 27 innings…Ouachita Baptist’s Abbi Frakes, the GAC Pitcher of the Week, was 3-0 with a 0.00 ERA and 24 K’s in 20.2 frames…GLIAC Player of the Week Findlay’s Carly Borders batted .454 with 12 runs scored, three HR’s and 13 RBIs…Ferris State’s Dana Bowler, the GLIAC Pitcher of the Week, was 4-0 with a 0.70 ERA and 36 K’s in 30 innings with four complete games…NSIC Pitcher of the Week Ashley Walker of Winona State was 3-0 with a 0.00 ERA while also hitting .471 with three HR’s and 12 RBIs for the Warriors…Fort Lewis’ Kaylynn Harmon, the RMAC Player of the Week, batted .714 (10-for-14) with six runs scored and 10 RBIs…Wayne State’s Jade McGarr batted .458 (11-for-24) with two triples and nine RBIs…Angelo State’s Lauren Smith hit .500 (9-for-18) with four HR’s and eight RBIs…St. Mary’s (Texas) pitcher Emily Brittain was 3-0 with a 0.49 ERA and defeated then-No. 5 West Texas A&M.
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.
March 27 – Katie Hines – Texas Woman’s – Jr. – OF/P – Beaumont, Texas
April 3 – Katelyn Vinson – Midwestern State – Fr. – IF – Southlake, Texas
April 10 – Christina Gelardi – New Haven – Sr. – IF – Derby, Conn.
April 17 – Joslyn Eugenio – St. Martin’s – Sr. – P/1B – Kapolei, Hawai’i
April 24 – Dani Randall – Humboldt State – So. – OF – San Jose, 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
March 27 – Morgan Foley – Indianapolis – Fr. – P/IF – Louisville, Ky.
April 3 – Alexis Yohe – Barry – Sr. – P/3B – Concord, N.C.
April 10 – Maddie Holub – Fort Hays State – Sr. – P/OF – Hays, Kan.
April 17 – Sarah Debrow – St. Edward’s – So. – P – Willis, Texas
April 24 – Mollie Russell – Columbus State – Sr. – P – Decatur, Ala.