LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Chloe Wolf of North Alabama and Kindra Henze of Truman State have been selected as the Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division II National Player and Pitcher of the Week for March 19th, respectively.
Wolf, the reigning Gulf South Conference Player of the Week, batted a stellar .688 (11-for-16) with 11 runs scored, four extra-base hits, including a pair of HR’s, and 12 RBIs while hitting safely in each contest as UNA crushed Kentucky State and Christian Brothers over a five-game stretch by a combined total of 77-4. Easily her finest effort came during the series-opening 22-0 (5 inn.) thrashing of CBU as the Oakville, Mo., native went 3-for-4 at the dish with three tallies, two HR’s and five RBIs. For the season the 6-1 first baseman currently ranks sixth in the GSC in batting at .405 to go along with seven HR’s and a team-leading 30 RBIs.
"We had a great week and are having an awesome season so far,” Wolf said. “I couldn't have done it without my team and without my dad watching over me, especially when I step into the batter's box."
Henze helped guide Truman State to an unbeaten week over March 10-16 by registering a perfect 5-0 mark from the circle with a 0.00 ERA and 32 strikeouts over 25 innings of work. The 6-1 right-hander christened her week by twirling a complete-game, two-hit shutout over Illinois Springfield (8-0 in 5 inn.) that required just 64 total pitches. She followed that performance up with another two-hit blanking and eight strikeouts as TSU blasted former MIAA rival Lincoln, 13-0 (5 inn.). As part of a combined eight scoreless innings during a doubleheader sweep of Wisconsin-Parkside, the Palmyra, Mo., native was summoned into the contest in relief during the bottom of the seventh inning of game two facing a 5-5 deadlock. Henze coerced an inning-ending groundball to force extra frames in a contest that Truman State would eventually win 7-5 in nine frames. She currently possesses a 9-1 overall record with a miniscule 0.45 ERA, seven solo shutouts and 67 strikeouts over 62.2 innings.
“Kindra has done a very good job focusing on her strengths and using them to compete on the mound,” Truman State head coach Erin Brown said. “I’m pleased she has been recognized for her performances last week.”
Other Selected Top Performances
Wayne State (MI) hurler Briana Lee, the GLIAC Pitcher of the Week, was 4-0 with a 0.30 ERA, two complete games, one shutout and 38 strikeouts over 23 innings of work in match-ups against Florida Tech, Glenville, No. 18 Caldwell and New Haven…Shippensburg’s Taylor Weisman, the PSAC East Player of the Week, batted .500 (16-for-32) with two doubles, a triple, four HR’s and 12 RBIs…Armstrong Atlantic’s Lacye Walker, the Peach Belt Conference Player of the Week, hit at a .625 clip (10-for-16) with three two-baggers, two HR’s and seven RBIs over six games against Flagler, USC Aiken and Lander…Millersville’s Brianna Andraos, the PSAC East Pitcher of the Week, beat nationally-ranked West Virginia Wesleyan (2-1) and fired a perfect game against Franklin Pierce in a 8-0 (5 inn.) win…Emily Estep of Shippensburg was 4-0 from the circle with a 0.28 ERA and 27 strikeouts over 25 frames… Truman State’s Andrea Klipsch earned GLVC Player of the Week after hitting .533 overall (16-for-30) with two doubles, two HR’s and 12 RBIs…Mountain East Conference Pitcher of the Week, West Virginia Wesleyan’s Kristina Nelson, was 7-1 and struck out 33 batters in 45 innings of effort…North Alabama’s BreeAnna Blevins was 3-0 with a 0.46 ERA and 21 K’s over just 15 frames on the way to earning Gulf South Conference Pitcher of the Week honors…CCAA Pitcher of the Week, Cori Reinhardt of Cal State Monterey Bay, registered two shutouts, went 3-0 with a 0.34 ERA and 16 strikeouts over 20 innings and combined with Bianca Noriega on a no-hitter against Cal State Stanislaus…Jenny Nelson of Winona State, the NSIC Player of the Week, batted .565 (13-for-23) with a pair of big flies and 14 RBIs over the Warriors’ eight games in Florida…SAC Softball Pitcher of the Week, Lenoir-Rhyne’s Maryann Hoskins, went 3-0 from the circle with 15 K’s and allowed just a single earned run over 14.2 innings…UC-Colorado Springs’ Jessica Belsterling, the RMAC Player of the Week, hit .528 (7-for-13) with four runs scored and 11 RBIs while adding a walk-off HR during the series finale against Black Hills State…Shelby Miller of Southern Arkansas went 2-0 with a save and a 0.88 ERA, while limiting opponents to just a .190 average in earning GAC Pitcher of the Week accolades…Northwest Oklahoma State’s Lindsay Thorstenson batted .526 (10-for-19) with three doubles, three HR’s and eight RBIs over six match-ups against Oklahoma Christian and Ouachita Baptist…Hawai’i-Hilo’s Emily Greene, the PacWest Player of the Week, hit at a .583 clip (7-for-12) with four extra-base hits, four tallies and 11 RBIs.
2014 Louisville Slugger Division II National Player of the Week
Feb. 19 – Darian Dunn – Angelo State – So. – IF/OF – Frisco, Texas
Feb. 26 – Jessica Sipe – West Texas A&M – Sr. – 3B – Phoenix, Ariz.
March 5 – Tiffany Brown – Pittsburg State – Sr. – UTIL – Catoosa, Okla.
March 12 – Kala Ratliff – Oklahoma Christian – Sr. – C/3B – Yukon, Okla.
March 19 – Chloe Wolf – North Alabama – Jr. – 1B – Oakville, Mo.
2014 Louisville Slugger Division II National Pitcher of the Week
Feb. 19 – Lyndsay Butler – Wayne State (MI) – R-Fr. – P – Cambridge, Ontario, Canada
Feb. 26 – Rachel Pence – Florida Tech – Fr. – P – Jacksonville, Fla.
March 5 – Carley Tysinger – Catawba – So. – P – Lexington, N.C.
March 12 – India Kornegay – USC Aiken – Sr. – P – Eufaula, Ala.
March 19 – Kindra Henze – Truman State – So. – P – Palmyra, Mo.