North Dakota State pitcher Melissa Hobson and Indiana (Pa.) third baseman Lauren Lyle are the Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division II Co-Players of the Week for the week of April 9-15.

Hobson, a sophomore from Placentia, Calif., posted a 3-0 record with a 0.41 earned run average last week, as she tossed a pair of shutouts in three starts. She had extended her scoreless inning streak to a school record 46.2 innings before giving up a run in the first inning against Montana State-Billings. Hobson allowed only one run in 17 innings pitched and all three of her games were two-hitters.

For the season, Hobson is 12-0 and ranks second in the nation with a 0.33 ERA. Hobson is the third NDSU player to win the Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division II Player of the Week award this season, joining teammates Julie Fromm and Shelly Rhein.

North Dakota State (40-3) posted a 6-0 record last week. The Bison are ranked No. 1 in the NFCA Division II Top 25.

Lyle, a sophomore from Greensburg, Pa., hit .625 (10-for-16) for the week, including a 5-for-5, two-home run, nine-RBI performance in Indianaís 22-21 victory over Lock Haven. Lyle's nine runs batted in are two RBI shy of the Division II single-game record. Her second home run of the game, a three-run homer in the bottom of the fourth inning, helped Indiana rally from a nine-run deficit in the game.

For the season, Lyle is hitting .308 with four home runs and 23 RBI. Her 1.10 RBI per game average ranks first in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference.

Indiana (19-5) finished the week with a 4-0 mark. IUP is ranked No. 24 in the NFCA Division II Top 25.

This marks the first time in the two-year history of the Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division II Player of the Week program that two players have shared the award.


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