LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Christina Gelardi of New Haven and Fort Hays State’s Maddie Holub have been selected as the Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division II National Player and Pitcher of the Week for April 10, respectively.

A senior infielder from Derby, Conn., Gelardi registered a ridiculous .842 batting average, an .897 on-base percentage and a 1.158 slugging percentage while hitting safely in 16-of-19 at-bats and reaching base successfully in 26 of 29 plate appearances out of her leadoff spot in the Charger line-up. The current Northeast-10 Conference Player of the Week also added three doubles, seven stolen bases, a HR and four RBI while playing flawlessly over 15 chances at shortstop. She completed the week having reached base safely in 11 consecutive plate appearances. For the season Gelardi is currently hitting .507 overall with 33 runs scored, 12 steals, five doubles, five HR’s and 20 RBIs.

For the reigning MIAA Pitcher of the Week this selection as Louisville Slugger/NFCA DII National Pitcher of the Week marks the second for Holub in 2013.  It is well deserved, however, as the Hays, Kan., product posted a 4-0 record with a 0.25 ERA and 51 strikeouts over 28 innings of work while also tossing the first perfect game in Fort Hays State softball history. During that perfecto against Northwest Missouri State, the senior struck out a single-game school record 17 of 21 total batters she faced, getting the other four outs via infield pop-up (three) and a soft ground ball to first.  Her perfect effort was made even more impressive in that a day earlier, Holub had thrown 195 total pitches and K’ed 17 during a 2-1 (12 inn.) triumph over then-No. 24 Missouri Western State.  During the DH finale against N.W. Missouri State, Holub fired two innings of hitless relief and also delivered with her bat, lacing a walk-off RBI single during the eighth frame of a 4-3 victory. For the year she currently leads FHSU with an 18-1 overall record, a 0.71 ERA and 215 K’s in 128.1 innings while also guiding her squad at the plate via a team-best .432 batting average, 14 HR’s and 37 RBIs.


Other Selected Top Performances

Wayne State’s Mackenzie Boehler was 4-0 with a 2.04 ERA and 16 K’s over 24 innings while also tossing a perfect game during a win over Lake Erie…Minnesota State Mankato’s Brittany Lauterbach posted a 3-0 record with a 0.72 ERA and limited the opposition to just a .183 batting average…Wilmington (Del.)’s Katie Warrington won CACC Pitcher of the Week honors after posting a 3-0 mark with a 0.00 ERA and 36 K’s over 21 frames…Pacific West Player of the Week Rayna Strom-Okimoto of Chaminade hit .421 (16-for-38) with three doubles and 14 RBIs…Hawaii-Hilo’s Vanessa Salinas picked up five pitching victories and registered a 1.47 ERA and 18 K’s in earning Pacific West Pitcher of the Week…Indianapolis’ Casey Williamson earned GLVC Player of the Week honors by hitting .450 (9-for-20) with five runs, five steals and eight RBIs while extending her hit streak to 21 games…Texas Woman’s University’s Katie Hines batted .727 (8-for-11) and reached base in her first 10 at-bats of a series against Midwestern State…Sonoma State’s Ali Palermo was tabbed as the CCAA Player of the Week and the top hitter at the Tournament of Champions by hitting .560 (14-for-25) with two HR’s and 11 RBIs…Gulf South Conference Player of the Week Cortney McNett of Alabama Huntsville batted .583 (7-for-12) with a HR and 10 RBIs…Lone Star Conference Pitcher of the Week Whitney Waltrip of Incarnate Word was 3-1 with a three-hit shutout and two victories over then-No. 23 Angelo State…Cal State Dominguez Hills’ Stephanie Jimenez was named the CCAA Pitcher of the Week and the Tournament of Champions MVP after helping her team to the gold bracket title with a 3-1 record, a 0.65 ERA and 22 K’s in 32.1 innings of effort…Caldwell’s Amber Padilla was chosen as the CACC Rookie of the Week after posting a 3-0 mark with a 0.00 ERA, three shutouts and 15 K’s in 20 frames, including a four-hit blanking of Southern Connecticut State…Conference Carolinas Player of the Week Ericka McCarson of Erskine batted .417 (10-for-24) with eight runs scored, four HR’s and seven RBIs…Dowling’s Stephanie Tarango was selected as the ECC Player of the Week for hitting .643 (9-for-14) with four HR’s and nine RBIs…ECC Rookie of the Week Maria Palmeri of LIU Post knocked in 11 runs as part of a .536 effort (15-for-28) with three HRs…Amy Dunleavy of Ferris State batted .556 with a 1.556 slugging percentage and 11 RBIs on her way to GLIAC Softball Player of the Week accolades…Kacie Edwards of Central Oklahoma was named MIAA Hitter of the Week after batting .714 with a 1.286 slugging mark and seven RBIs…Shepherd’s Carly Schmidt was named WVIAC Player of the Week for hitting .667 (12-for-18) with eight runs scored, two HR’s and 12 RBIs…Catawba’s Carley Tysinger picked up four wins with a 0.27 ERA in reaping SAC Pitcher of the Week…Kelly Unkrich of Colorado School of Mines was 3-0 with a 1.54 ERA and 16 K’s in 13 innings against Black Hills State…Conference Carolinas Pitcher of the Week Pfeiffer’s Sam Jarmusch was 4-0 with a 0.67 ERA and 15 K’s in 21 innings.


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.


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.

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