LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Gretchen Bowie of St. John’s and Paige Parker of Oklahoma were named the final Louisville/Slugger NFCA Division I National Player and Pitcher of the Week, respectively, for the 2018 season. The duo was selected for their outstanding performance for games played April 30-May 6.
Bowie launched five home runs and drove in 12 lifting St. John’s to a 4-0 week and a berth into the BIG EAST Tournament. The sophomore was 10-for-15 (.667) at the plate with a double, seven runs scored and a 1.733 slugging percentage.
Bowie, a Sparta, N.J. native, cracked two long balls and registered four RBI in a 14-11 win over city rival Fordham. She continued her productivity in game one against league foe Butler, smashing two more homers, doubling and registering five RBI. Bowie’s second of the game was game-tying three-run dinger in the bottom of seventh and she followed that with a walk-off RBI double in the bottom of the ninth. The BIG EAST Player of the Week homered and added three more RBI in game two of the twinbill, which clinched a spot in the BIG EAST Tournament.
Parker capped of the regular season with 10.1 innings of shutout ball to help the Sooners sweep Bedlam from Oklahoma State. She twirled a five-inning no-hitter in the opener on May 2, fanning five Cowgirls and walking one in an 8-0 victory.
The Independence, Mo. native tossed 5.1 innings of shutout ball with eight strikeouts and no walks in the series finale. Parker surrendered just two hits in the contest and held Oklahoma State to a .065 batting average in her two starts.
Player & Pitcher of the Week
May 8 – Gretchen Bowie, St. John’s | Paige Parker, Oklahoma
May 1 – Megan Hensley, Louisville | Amber Fiser, Minnesota
April 24 – Holly Speers, Kent State | Rachel Garcia, UCLA
April 17 – Kayla Wedl, UIC | Rachel Garcia, UCLA
April 10 – Sydney Sherrill, Florida State | Miranda Elish, Oregon
April 3 – Marisa Stankiewicz, Arizona State | Emily Watson, Tulsa
March 27 – Jocelyn Alo, Oklahoma | G Juarez, Arizona State
March 20 – Madison Gott, Columbia | Jacquelyn Sertic, North Dakota State
March 13 – Lexi Rouse, Belmont | Alexis Osorio, Alabama / Carley Hoover, LSU
March 6 – Faith Canfield, Michigan | Gabbie Plain, Washington
Feb. 27 - Rachel Garcia, UCLA | Kelly Barnhill, Florida
Feb. 20 – Tori Vidales, Texas A&M | Kylee Hanson, Florida State
Feb. 13 – Vanessa Shippy, Oklahoma State | Missy Zoch, DePaul
Selected Top Performances
Gabbie Plain, Washington- 3-0, 0.41 ERA, SHO, 19 K, 4 BB, 17 IP; Jessie Warren, Florida State- .714 (5-for-7), 3 HR, 4 RBI, 3 R, 2.000 SLG, .833 OBP; Janine Petmecky, UNLV- .800, 8 H, 3B, 2 HR (1 inside-the-park), 4 RBI, 6 R, .833 OBP, 1.600 SLG, reached base safely in first 10 at-bats, 1-0, SV, 8 K; Sydney Bates, Purdue- 3-0, 0.37 ERA, 3 CG, 2 SHO, 11 K, 18 consecutive shutout inning stretch; Tierrah Williams, Houston- 5-for-5, 2 HR (grand slam), 8 RBI, 2 R, 2 BB; Jessica Mrozek, James Madison- .545, 5 H, 3 HR, 7 RBI; Kylee Hanson, Florida State- 1-0, 0.00 ERA, SV ,10 K, 3 BB, 0 H; Emily Watson, Tulsa- 2-0, 0.00 ERA, 25 K, 0 BB, 5 H, .109 opp BA; Allie Walljasper, LSU- 2-0, 0.50 ERA, 10 K, .180 opp BA; Jessica Rogers, South Dakota- .714, 3 HR, 6 RBI, 5 R, 2.000 SLG; Jordan Cargile, Delaware- 4-0, 0.71 ERA, 2 ER, 11 K, 19.2 IP; Rachel Garcia, UCLA- 3-0, 0.00 ERA, 22 K, 14 IP, .429 (6-for-14), 4 RBI; Maddie Houlihan, Minnesota- .500, 9 H, 2 HR, 11 RBI, 5 R, .889 SLG; Savannah Heebner, Houston- 2-0, 0.58 ERA, 11 K, SHO, 12 IP; Libby Sugg, BYU- .733, 11 H, 5 2B, HR, 7 RBI, 6 R, 1.267 SLG.