LOUISVILLE, Ky. – BYU freshman Rylee Jensen and Kent State senior Ronnie Ladines have been named Louisville Slugger NFCA Division I National Player and Pitcher of the Week, respectively, for games played April 24-30, announced the Association on Tuesday afternoon.
Jensen helped the Cougars to four wins last week, hitting .667 (8-for-12) with three long balls, 12 RBI and eight runs scored. She left the yard and scored three times in both ends of a doubleheader sweep of San Diego. In the opener, Jensen knocked in a career-high five runs, while tallying three more RBI in the nightcap. In a mid-week matchup with Utah Valley, the Idaho Falls, Idaho native homered and drove in three runs. Jensen also showed patience at the plate with five walks, which attributed to her .786 on-base percentage.
“Our coaches prepare us well for the pitchers we face, so we know what to expect before the pitch is thrown,” Jensen said. “We go up to the plate with a plan to execute our job and that’s what makes us successful as a team. We spend all week preparing so we are ready come game time. It’s a team effort! I’m honored to be a part of this team and it’s been fun seeing our hard work pay off."
Ladines was nearly perfect in her two starts last week at Buffalo, tossing a perfect game and a one-hit shutout. She retired 36 of the 37 batters, held her opposition to a .027 batting average and recorded 19 strikeouts in 12 innings of work. The Arlington, Wash. native fanned a career-high 15 and surrendered just one hit in a 1-0 series-opening victory. The following day, Ladines retired all 15 Bulls she faced with four strikeouts in a five-inning triumph. Additionally, she helped herself out with a three-run homer against UB, while earlier in the week, she launched a game-winning grand slam in the top of the seventh at Youngstown State.
“Receiving this award is a huge accomplishment that would not have been possible without the backing of my teammates,” said Ladines. “The defense made every play behind me and my catcher, Paige McCrary, did a great job calling pitches and caught two great games. The offense really helped me in the perfect game, taking away some of the pressure and ending it in five innings. It feels great to do my part to help the team sweep a series as we continue to move in the right direction as we get closer to the conference tournament.”
Player of the Week
May 2 – Rylee Jensen (BYU)
April 25 – DJ Sanders (Louisiana)
April 18 – Caroline Seitz (Mississippi State)
April 11 – Jessica Warren (Florida State)
April 4 – Kaylan Jablonski (Nebraska)
March 28 – Brooke Vines (Tennessee)
March 21 – Braxton Burnside (Missouri)
March 14 – Chloe Miller (Wisconsin)
March 7 – Alex Mycek (East Carolina)
Feb. 28 – Mo Mercado (Arizona)
Feb. 21 – Bailey Landry (LSU)
Feb. 14 – Mary Stephens (Missouri State)
Pitcher of the Week
May 2 – Ronnie Ladines (Kent State)
April 25 – Brette Lawrence (Villanova)
April 18 – Kelly Barnhill (Florida)
April 11 – Randi Rupp (Texas State)
April 4 – Cheyenne Baker (Missouri)
March 28 – Danielle O’Toole (Arizona)
March 21 – Sierra Hyland (Cal Poly) & Emily Watson (Tulsa)
March 14 – Alexis Osorio (Alabama)
March 7 – Kelsee Selman (Baylor)
Feb. 28 – Sam Show (Texas A&M)
Feb. 21 – Jessica Burroughs (Florida State)
Feb. 14 – Taran Alvelo (Washington)
Selected Top Performances
Meghan King, Florida State (ACC Pitcher of the Week)- 3-0, 0.00 ERA, 3 H, 12 K, 4 BB, 0.57 opp. BA; Sara Hingsberger, Weber State (Big Sky Player of the Week)- .700, 7 H, 3 RBI, 5 R, 1.1000 SLG, 0 K; Randi Rupp, Texas State (Sun Belt Pitcher of the Week)- 3-0, 0.00 ERA, 33 K, 2 BB, 5 H, .086 opp. BA, 17.2 IP; Mason Robinson, Murray State (OVC Pitcher of the Week)- 2-0, 0.64 ERA, 10 K, 2 BB, 4 H, .111 opp. BA, perfect game vs. Eastern Illinois (7 K, 6 IP); McKenna Bull, BYU (WCC Pitcher of the Week)- 3-0, 0.00 ERA, SHO, 20 K, 6 BB, .173 opp. BA, earned 100th career victory; Jessie Harper, Arizona (Pac-12 Player/Freshman of the Week)- .667 (6-for-9), 2 HR, 8 RBI; Megan Kleist, Oregon (Pac-12 Pitcher of the Week)- 2-0, 0.00 ERA, 2 SHO, 11 K, 12 IP; Sierra Smith, Grand Canyon (WAC Player of the Week)- .600, 2B, 2 HR, 12 RBI, 1.300 SLG, .667 OBP; Megan Good, JMU (CAA Pitcher of the Week)- 3-0, 0.74 ERA, 23 K, 19 IP, .333, 3 HR, 5 RBI; Ketarah DeVries, Saint Francis (Pa.) (NEC Pitcher of the Week)- 2-0, 0.43 ERA, 2 SHO, 1 R, 5 H, 17 K, 2 BB, 16.1 IP; Jordan de los Reyes, Illinois State (MVC Player of the Week)- .750 (6-for-8), 4 HR, 2B, 2.375 SLG, 14 RBI; Krystal Puga, St. John’s (BIG EAST Player of the Week)- .571, 1.429 SLG, 2 HR, 7 RBI, 5 R; Shelby Miller, Houston (American Athletic Conference Hitter of the Week)- .600, 2B, 3B, HR, 9 RBI, 5 R, four multi-hit & RBI games; Kendyl Lindaman, Minnesota (Big Ten Player/Freshman of the Week)- .615, 3 HR, 10 RBI, 8 R, .722 OBP, 1.462 SLG; Sara Groenwegen, Minnesota (Big Ten Pitcher of the Week)- 3-0, 0.81 ERA, 34 K, 4 BB, 17.1 IP, no-hitter vs. Purdue (12 K, 5 IP); Emily Watson, Tulsa (American Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Week)- 2-0, 0.41 ERA, 21 K, 2 H, 17 IP, .040 opp. BA, no-hitter vs. East Carolina (7 K, 5 IP).