LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Tennessee’s Brooke Vines and Arizona’s Danielle O’Toole were named Louisville Slugger NFCA Division I National Player of the Week, for games played March 20-26, announced the Association on Tuesday afternoon.
Vines had a monster week for the Volunteers, guiding them to four victories, including a three-game SEC sweep of then-No. 23 Ole Miss. She posted a .727 batting average with eight hits, nine RBI, five runs scored, a 1.273 slugging percentage and .692 on-base percentage. A native of Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif., Vines collected multiple hits and RBI in three of the four games, which included matching a career best with three RBI in wins against RV North Carolina and the Rebels. In that game against Ole Miss, she was 3-for-3 with her first home run of the season and two runs scored. She also scored twice in game one victory over the Rebels.
“I am so blessed and honored to receive this award,” said Vines. “All glory to God because this is all His doing. This award makes me want to continue to work even harder to become the best player and person I can be.”
O’Toole was masterful in her two starts against then-No. 6 Washington. The sophomore southpaw no-hit the Huskies in her first start of the weekend. O’Toole fanned eight and was a walk and a hit batsman away from a perfect game. It marked the first Wildcat no-hitter against a top-10 opponent since 1993. She followed that with a three-hit complete game victory, striking out two in a 5-2 triumph. O’Toole posted a 0.00 ERA and limited Washington to a .065 batting average in 14 innings of work.
“I’m proud of the outing our team had this weekend and I am thankful to have them and be a part of such a special group,” said O’Toole. “I’m happy and honored to be pitcher of the week and I never would have achieved the success without them. I’ll never forget my teammates coming through in big moments, and am excited to continue to compete with them.”
Player of the Week
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
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
Peyton Jordan, UNCW (CAA Pitcher of the Week)- 2-0, 0.27 ERA, 21 K, 8 H, 26 IP, no-hitter vs. Drexel ; Lili Piper, Ohio State (Big Ten Player of the Week)- .727 (8-for-11), 2 HR, 8 RBI, 7 R, 1.364 SLG, .750 OBP; Megan Betsa, Michigan (Big Ten Pitcher of the Week)- 2-0, save, 0.00 ERA, 3 H, 29 K, 15 IP, no-hitter vs. Penn State; Nikki Alden, Villanova (BIG EAST Player of the Week)- 12 H, 12 RBI, 7 R, 4 HR, 3B, 2B; Tori Free, St. John’s (BIG EAST Pitcher of the Week)- 1-0, save, 1.20 ERA, 17 K, 12.1 IP, no-hitter vs. Providence; Sashel Palcios, Arizona State (Pac-12 Player of the Week)- .538, 5 HR, 11 RBI, 5 R; Emily Watson, Tulsa (American Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Week)- 2-0, 1.50 ERA, 24 K, 1 BB; Jessica Burroughs, Florida State (ACC Pitcher of the Week)- 2-0, 0.58 ERA, 21 K, 12 IP, no-hitter vs. Virginia; Amy Van Hoven, Fordham (A-10 Player of the Week)- .727, .786 OBP, 1.091 SLG, 8 H, 7 R, 6 SB; Haley Chambers-Book, SIUE (OVC Pitcher of the Week)- 3-0, 0.67 ERA, 32 K, 4 BB, 21 IP, no-hitter (18 K) vs. Tennessee State.