LOUISVILLE, Ky. – For her outstanding efforts from the circle at this past weekend’s Mary Nutter Classic in Palm Springs, Calif., Stanford pitcher Kelsey Stevens has been selected as the Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division I National Player of the Week for February 26.
The freshman hurler helped the No. 16 Cardinal to a 4-1 record this past week by going 3-0 with a pair of complete game shutouts, a 0.00 ERA and 19 strikeouts in 19 innings of work while allowing No. 13 Georgia, Virginia and No. 23 Florida State to total just seven hits and a .115 combined batting average.
Still only a rookie, Stevens also managed to toss the 10th perfect game in Stanford history during the triumph over the Cavaliers, facing the minimum of 21 batters while striking out 10. In her initial start at the prestigious event against No. 13 Georgia, she permitted just four hits and struck out three as SU rolled past the Bulldogs, 6-0.
With her impressive efforts, Stevens improved her season mark to 8-1 overall and has now not allowed an earned run over her last 35.2 frames of effort.
Next up for the Cardinal is a trip to Fullerton, Calif., for the Easton Invitational over March 1-3. During its stay at the event, No. 16 Stanford is slated to face-off against Iowa, Wisconsin, Cal State Fullerton, Northwestern and Indiana.
Other Selected Top Performances
Texas A&M’s Mel Dumezich hit .500 (9-for-18) with five doubles, a HR and seven RBI while also going 4-0 from the circle with a pair of no-hitters (vs. Stephen F. Austin and Southeastern Louisiana) and a 0.00 ERA for the unbeaten Aggies…Rachele Fico of LSU no-hit Ohio State and also beat then-No. 14 Arizona while going 3-1 with a 0.95 ERA and 24 K’s in 22 innings at the Mary Nutter Classic…Washington’s Bryana Walker was 3-0 with a 0.43 ERA and 28 strikeouts over 21 innings with wins over No. 23 Florida State and No. 13 Georgia at the Mary Nutter Classic…Tomeka Watson of Elon hit .688 (11-for-16) with three doubles, five HR’s and nine RBIs at the Phoenix Clash Tournament…USC Upstate’s Shellie Robinson blasted three HR’s and knocked in seven runs while posting a .500 average (9-for-18) at the Coke Zero Spartan Classic…Oklahoma’s Keilani Ricketts hit .417 (5-for-12) and went 3-0 overall with a 0.00 ERA and 34 strikeouts in 23 innings at the Mary Nutter Classic…Oregon State’s Natalie Hampton hit .400 (6-for-15) with four HR’s, four walks and seven RBIs…McNeese State’s Emily Vincent knocked in 13 runs while blasting three HR’s, including two in a win over Middle Tennessee…California’s Jolene Henderson hit .444 (4-for-9) with a double, a HR and four RBIs while also going 3-0 from the circle with a 0.00 ERA and 24 K’s in 23 frames of effort, beating Georgia Tech, Illinois and Nebraska in the process…Meredith Owen of Stetson was 4-0 with a 0.71 ERA and hit 7-for-15 (.467) at the dish at the Hatter Classic…Alabama’s Haylie McCleney posted a .611 (11-for-18) average with nine runs scored, two doubles, a HR and nine RBIs at the Easton Bama Bash…Kelsie Armstrong of Central Arkansas beat Northern Iowa, Creighton, Grambling and Ball State in posting a 4-0 record with a pair of shutouts and 40 strikeouts over just 19.2 innings...Fairfield’s Lauren Liseth registered 11 RBI for the Stags while hitting .750 with four HR’s at the East Carolina Pirate Classic…Notre Dame’s Emilee Koerner posted a .786 (11-for-14) average with two HR’s and nine RBI and extended her hitting streak to 13 games for the Irish…Louisville’s Caralisa Connell (28 K’s in 20.1 innings) and Longwood’s Brooke Short (0.00 ERA, 15 K’s in 24.2 innings) each registered perfect 4-0 records from the circle.
2013 Louisville Slugger Division I National Player of the Week
Feb. 12 – Keilani Ricketts – Oklahoma – Sr. – P – San Jose, Calif.
Feb. 19 – B.B. Bates – UCLA – Sr. – OF – Victorville, Calif.
Feb. 26 – Kelsey Stevens – Stanford – Fr. – P – Albuquerque, N.M.