LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Junior catcher Griffin Joiner of the University of Kentucky has been selected as the initial Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division I National Player of the Week of the 2014 season for games played over February 7-9.
Joiner helped the Wildcats to the first 5-0 start in program history, as well as to the highest-profile victory of opening weekend as UK defeated defending national champion and then-No. 2 Oklahoma out at the Mizuno Invitational in Long Beach, Calif., 5-4 (10 inn.), by hitting an impressive .667 (10-for-15) at the plate with two doubles, three HR’s and nine RBIs. The Hopkinsville, Ky., native hit safely in all five match-ups and recorded an extra-base hit in three of those contests. The reigning Southeastern Conference Player of the Week tied the school record for HR’s in a single game by blasting two, to go along with three RBIs, during a 6-0 win over Santa Clara and equaled her personal best for hits in a single game via a 4-for-4 effort with a double, a grand slam and five RBIs in a 7-1 triumph over Loyola Marymount.
Next up the Wildcats face another challenging trip by visiting Austin, Texas, for the Texas Classic over Feb. 14-16. During their stay in the “Lone Star State,” UK will battle Louisiana Tech, IPFW and the host No. 15 Texas.
Selected Top Performances
Washington’s Kylee Lahners hit .400 (6-for-15) with a double, three HR’s (three three-run blasts) and 13 RBIs while slugging 1.067 for the Huskies at the UNLV/Sportco Kickoff Classic in Las Vegas, Nev….Arizona State’s Cheyenne Coyle batted .562 (9-for-16) with three doubles, three HR’s and 11 RBIs at the Kajikawa Classic in Tempe, Ariz….Nicole Morgan of Texas A&M blasted two grand slams in a single game against Bakersfield as part of a .471 (8-for-17) weekend with three HR’s and 14 RBIs at the Gaucho Classic in Santa Barbara, Calif.…Freshman Kylie Padilla of Oregon State hit for the first cycle in Beaver history as part of a .476 (10-for-21) effort with three doubles, two triples, a HR and 10 RBIs at the Kajikawa Classic…Cal State Fullerton’s Missy Taukeiaho batted .615 (8-for-13) with two HR’s, including a two-run shot in a 3-1 upset of No. 2 Oklahoma, and 10 RBIs at the Easton Tournament in Fullerton, Calif….Florida’s Lauren Haeger earned SEC Pitcher of the Week accolades after going 2-0 with a 1.08 ERA while also tossing her first career no-hitter during a 5-1 triumph over Wisconsin at the USF Wilson-DeMarini Tournament in Tampa, Fla.…San Jose State’s Allison Lang posted a 4-0 pitching record with a 0.84 ERA and 11K’s while also earning a save at the Kajikawa Classic to reap Mountain West Pitcher of the Week accolades…Florida State’s Maddie O’Brien batted .500 (8-for-16) with six runs scored, four HR’s and 12 RBIs at the Hotel Encanto Invitational in Las Cruces, N.M., to earn Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Week…USC Upstate’s Hannah Alexander earned Atlantic Sun Co-Pitcher of the Week honors after posting a 3-0 record to go along with a 0.00 ERA, 16 K’s and a perfect game in a win over Virginia…Stephanie Texeira of FIU hit .714 (10-for-14) with four doubles and five RBIs in her collegiate debut…Savannah Jo Dorsey of Ohio U. was 3-0, including a win over South Carolina that marked the Bobcats’ first W over an SEC team since 1998, with a save while striking out 28 over 19 innings of work at the Carolina Classic…Elon’s Emily Cameron batted .545 (6-for-11) with four HR’s and 10 RBIs at the Charleston Southern Tournament…Alabama’s Haylie McCleney hit .571 (8-for-14) with two doubles, a triple, a HR, eight runs scored, five stolen bases and eight RBIs at the Troy Subway Invitational…Arizona’s Kellie Fox batted .556 (5-for-9) with a three-bagger, a HR and 10 RBIs in a three-game sweep of Southern Miss.
2014 Louisville Slugger Division I National Player of the Week
Feb. 11 – Griffin Joiner – Kentucky – Jr. – C – Hopkinsville, Ky.