Louisville slugger/NFCA Player of the Week, Wilson/NFCA Pitcher of the Week, NFCA, NFCA D1 Player of the Week, NFCA D1 Pitcher of the Week, Kasey Ricard, Boston University, BU softball, Boston University, Kayden Henry, University of Texas

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Texas’ Kayden Henry and Boston University’s Kasey Ricard were named 2024 Division I Louisville Slugger/NFCA Player and Wilson/NFCA Pitcher of the Week, respectively. The duo was recognized for their outstanding performances for contests played through Feb. 18.

Henry slashed .833/.833/1.833 in two big wins over then-No. 2 Tennessee and then-No. 9 Stanford at the Shriners Children’s Clearwater Invitational presented by EvoShield. She homered twice in a 9-2 win over the Cardinal and went 3-for-3 with half the Longhorns’ hits in the 2-1 triumph over the Lady Vols. She finished 5-for-6 with a stolen base and three runs scored before weather canceled Texas’ final three games of the tournament.

Over four appearances and three starts, Ricard posted a 3-0 record with a 0.31 ERA and 31 strikeouts over 22.1 innings of work at the Charlotte Invitational. She held her opposition to a .132 batting average and twirled shutouts in her first two starts of the weekend. Ricard one-hit Queens with 11 strikeouts and one walk. She also held the host 49ers to five hits and fanned 12 batters in a 1-0 win. In her other start against Charlotte, the sophomore from Littleton, Mass. was one out from a third straight shutout, but held on for a 2-1 victory (ER, 4 H, 6 K).

The Division I Louisville Slugger/NFCA Player and Wilson/NFCA Pitcher of the Week are voted on by the NFCA Division I Top 25 Poll Committee.

Selected Top Performances
Nijaree Canady, Stanford – 1-1, 0.58 ERA, 11 K, 3 BB, 12 IP vs. No. 2 Tennessee and No. 7 Florida State; Taylor Fitzgerald, Idaho State – 2-0, 0.00 ERA, 10 K, 0 BB, 13.1 IP, .049 opp. BA; Cierra Harrison, Missouri - 3 App/2 GS, 1 CG, 2-0, 0.00 ERA, 12 SO, 1 BB, 13.1 IP, 1/1 SHO, no-hitter vs. A&M-Kingsville; Morgan Leinstock, Arkansas - 2 App/1 GS, 2-0, 0.54 ERA, 13.0 IP, 15 SO, 1 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 5 BB, 1 CG, 1 SHO; Brook Melynychuk, Louisiana Tech - 3 APP/ 2 GS, 2-0, 0.00 ERA, 9 K, 2 BB, 4 H, .51 WHIP, .100 OPP BAVG; Haley Rainey, Cal State Fullerton - 3 App/2 GS, 0-2, 3.50 ERA, 11 K, 1 BB, 14 IP; Aspen Wesley, Mississippi State - 2 APP/2 GS, 2-0, 0.54 ERA, 12 SO, 2 BB, 13.0 IP, 2 CG; Ava Arce, Cal State Fullerton - 4 GP/0 GS, .750 avg, 6 RBI; Britain Beshears, Michigan State - 5 GP/5 GS, .375 avg, 4 HR, 8 RBI, .412 OBP, 1.125 SLG, 5 runs scored; Jessie Blaine, Mississippi State - 5 GP/ 5 GS, .412 AVG, 2 2B, 7 RBI, 1.180 OPS; Holly Blaska, Miami - 2 GP/2GS, .667 avg., 4 HR, 7 RBI, 16 TB, 2.667 SLG., 1 HBP, .714 OB%; Caroline Easom, Louisiana Tech - 6 GP / 6 GS, .600 AVG, 3 2B, 12 TB, 4 BB, 2 RBI, .684 OBP, 1.484 OPS, .800 SLG; Jocelyn Erickson, Florida - 4 GP/4GS, .667 AVG, 3 2B, 1 HR, 13 RBI, 1.167 SLG, .571 OBP, 2 SF, 1 SB; Kristin Fifield, Grand Canyon - 4 GP/4 GS, .714 AVG, 8 R, 1 SB; Maddie Gallagher, Missouri - 5 GP/5 GS, .500 avg., 0 2B, 0 HR, 4 RBI, .500 SLG, .643 OB%; Raeleen Gutierrez, LSU - 3 GP/3 GS, .455 avg., 1.273 SLG, .500 OB, 1.773 OPS, 5 H, 1 2b, 1 3b, 2 HR, 5 RBI, 2 BB 5 R; Daisy Hess, Louisville - 6 GP/GS, 444 avg, 8H, 2-2B, 5R, 7 RBI, 3-for-3 SB, .565 OBP; Kayt Houston, Appalachian State - 5 GP/5GS, 12-18 (.667 BA), 4 2B, 4 HR, 11 RBI, 2 BB, .700 OBP, 1.556 SLG; Aly Kaneshiro, Stanford - 4 GP/ 4 GS, 3 HR, 7 RBI, 1 BB, 4 R; Lauren Keleher, Boston University - 5 GP/5 GS, .444 avg., 1 2B, 2 HR, 3 R, 5 RBI, .833 SLG%; Tori Meyer, Bradley - 5 GP/5 GS, .500 avg, 3 2B, 2 HR, 1 3B, 4 RBI, 1.050% SLG

 

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