LOUISVILLE, Ky. –Barry junior Cheyanne Head and Catawba senior Carley Tysinger were named the Louisville/Slugger NFCA Division II National Player and Pitcher of the Week, respectively on Wednesday afternoon. The each earned their first nod after outstanding play during the week of Feb. 15-21.
Head was nearly perfect at the plate in Barry’s three-game Sunshine State Conference (SSC) series sweep of Nova Southeastern. The Surrey, B.C. native finished 9-for-10, walked twice, recorded five doubles, eight RBI and six runs. She swiped three bags, one in each contest, and posted .1.400 slugging and .917 on base percentages.
“Our team really came together this week, demonstrating our passion and perseverance,” commented Head. “We came out, played our own game and had fun doing it, which is why we were so successful. I always play better when I'm relaxed, having fun and know that the rest of my team is there to pick me up.”
Doing her damage from the three-hole, Head went 4-for-5 with two doubles, three RBI and three runs scored in game one. The designated played followed with a perfect outing in day two’s doubleheader sweep. She went 5-for-5 with two walks, three doubles, five RBI and three runs scored. She doubled twice in game two and knocked in three runs in the series finale. In addition, Head was selected the SSC Player of the Week.
Tysinger, hailing from Lexington, N.C., had a memorable weekend in the circle for the now seventh-ranked and undefeated Indians (10-0). The right-handed hurler not only went 4-0 with a 0.25 ERA and three shutouts, but she reached the 1,000-strikeout plateau on Sunday, Feb. 21 in the sixth inning of a one-hit shutout against Columbus State. In that contest, she took a perfect game into the seventh and finished with seven punchouts.
“I know that reaching 1,000 strikeouts is a huge accomplishment and this may sound cliché, but it’s true, I never would have come close to this goal if it wasn’t for the amazing catchers and coaching staff we have calling pitches,” said Tysinger. “I have complete trust in my teammates on the field and in the batter’s box to get the job done day in and day out.”
In her first three starts, Tysinger went the distance with 10 strikeouts per contest, two shutouts and an upset win over then-No. 9 Georgia College. Against the Bobcats, Tysinger allowed just three hits, an earned run and did not issue a free pass in a 3-2 triumph. The South Atlantic Conference Pitcher of the Week twirled five and four-hit shutouts in her other two starts. For the week, she punched out 37 batters, walked just three and held her opponents to a .138 batting average.
“For Catawba, it’s an incredible accomplishment,” said head coach Nan Whitley. “Carley is a very focused, hard working and dedicated student-athlete. She is definitely a team player despite all the individual accolades she has received.”
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Player of the Week
Feb. 24 – Cheyanne Head (Barry)
Feb. 17 – Hannah Michel (St. Mary’s)
Feb. 10 – Darian Harris (Southern Arkansas)
Pitcher of the Week
Feb. 24 – Carley Tysinger (Catawba)
Feb. 17 – Hannah Perryman (UMSL)
Feb. 10 – Kaylee Garner (Southern Arkansas)
Selected Top Performances
Valdosta State’s Caitlyn Calhoun garnered Gulf South Pitcher of the Week recognition after going 3-0 with a save, 0.00 ERA, 26 strikeouts, one walk and a .097 opponent’s batting average… Pfeiffer’s Rachel Crowder was named Conference Carolinas Player of the Week after hitting .615 with three home runs, two of which were grand slams, 14 RBI and four stolen bases… Peach Belt Pitcher of the Week, North Georgia’s Courtney Poole went 5-0 with a 0.50 ERA with 49 punchouts, two walks and .115 opponent’s batting average in 28 innings… Valdosta State’s Kylie Rusen hit .588 (10-17) with five long balls, 15 RBI and a 1.471 slugging percentage on her way to Gulf South Player of the Week honors… RMAC Player of the Week, Katie Leiker of Colorado Mines went 10-for-14 (.714) at the plate with three doubles, two homers, six RBI and five runs scored… GNAC Pitcher of the Week Alyson Boytz of Western Oregon went 2-0 in three appearances with a one-hit shutout and 15 strikeouts in 16 innings of work… North Georgia’s Meredith Heyer hit .714 (10-14) with four doubles, two homers, seven RBI, five runs and a 1.429 slugging percentage to garner Peach Belt Player of the Week plaudits… PacWest Player of the Week, Concordia’s Ryann Ferguson hit .517 with six extra base hits, including a grand slam, 11 RBI and 11 runs scored… Limestone’s Jose Weber tossed a perfect game (5 IP, 7 K) against St. Andrews and finished the week 3-1 to garner Conference Carolinas’ Pitcher of the Week award… Destiny Kuehl of Western Oregon hit .688 911-16) with three doubles, a triple, two home runs, seven RBI and six runs in earned GNAC Player of the Week honors… In earning G-MAC Pitcher of the Week recognition, Davis & Elkins’ Alexandra Lapallo went 2-1 with a pair of shutouts and 22 strikeouts in 22 innings… Chelsea Skipper of West Texas A&M tossed two shutouts and struck out eight in 10 innings to take home Lone Star Conference Pitcher of the Week accolades… Lenoir-Rhyne’s Jordin Phillips registered two doubles, three home runs, eight RBI and seven runs scored to be recognized as the SAC Player of Week.., CCAA Pitcher of the Week, Cassandra Williams of Cal State San Bernardino went undefeated (3-0) with a two shutouts, 21 strikeouts and did not allow an extra-base hit in 21 innings… Saint Leo's Stephaine Adkin tossed a no-hitter and struck out 10 agaisnt Embry-Riddle to earn SSC Player of the Week honores... Lone Star Player of the Week, Cameron’s Chelsea DeLong hit .526 with 11 RBI and seven runs scored… Kayce Wooldridge of Northeastern State collected MIAA Pitcher of the Week honors after a 3-0 showing with two shutouts, a 0.70 ERA, 21 strikeouts, one walk in 20 innings… G-MAC Player of the Week, Katie Chriyssofos of Salem International launched four home runs, knocked in 16 and hit .500… Heartland Conference Pitcher of the Week, Lauren Slatten of St. Edward’s finished 3-0 with a 0.64 ERA and 24 punchouts in 22 innings of work… Bellarmine’s Allie Foster went 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA and 13 strikeouts in 12 innings to earn GLVC Pitcher of the Week recognition… GAC Pitcher of the Week, Kimmy Beasley of Southern Arkansas went 2-0 with two shutouts, 13 strikeouts and no walks in 14 innings of work… Winona State’s Hannah Lythberg was selected North Sun Pitcher of the Week with a 3-0 record, 1.22 ERA, 16 strikeouts and a save… Mercy College’s McKaily Cusamano went 2-0 with two shutouts and 11 strikeouts in her first two collegiate starts… CCAA Player of the Week, Maddy Lewis of UC San Diego hit .722 (13-18) with three doubles, two triples, eight RBI and five runs scored… Henderson State’s Ashlyn White took home GAC Player of the Week honors by hitting .727 with three long balls, 11 RBI and seven runs scored… In three games, Indianapolis’ Erika Goodwin hit .667 with four extra-base hits, five RBI and six runs scored and was selected GLVC Player of the Week… Heartland Player of the Week Morgan Colburn of Lubbock Christian belted five home runs, slugged 1.333, scored eight times and knocked in 13 runs.