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LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Colorado Mesa’s Myah Arrieta and Oklahoma Baptist’s Kayleigh Jones collected this week’s Louisville Slugger/NFCA Player and Wilson/NFCA Pitcher of the Week honors for games played March 25-31. It marks the second straight plaudit for Arrieta.

After launching eight home runs a week ago, Arrieta sent five more over the fence during a four-game Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference sweep of New Mexico Highlands. The junior slugger batted .750 with a double, 12 RBI, eight runs scored, two stolen bases, a .750 on-base percentage and 2.083 slugging percentage. Three of her long balls led off a game and Arrieta’s power surge has moved her into second in Division II and just one shy of CMU’s single-season record with 20. She homered twice and drove in four runs in the finale.

Jones tossed a pair of complete-game shutouts, including a no-hitter, during OBU’s Great American Conference sweep of East Central. The graduate hurler struck out 18, surrendered just one hit and walked two batters over 14 innings. Jones opened the series with a one-hit blanking of the Tigers with 11 punchouts and a walk. She wrapped up the sweep with a seven-strikeout, one-walk performance, notching her third no-hitter of the season and seventh in her collegiate career.

The above awards are voted on by the NFCA Division II Top 25 Poll Committee, which features two member coaches from each of the NCAA’s eight regions.

Selected Top Performances
Maleah Andrews, Western Washington - .538 (7-for-13), 6 R, 2B, 2 RBI, 3 BB, 0 SO, walk-off single in series opener against Saint Martin’s; Emilee Boyer, West Texas A&M - 3GP/3GS, .778 avg, 6 R, 3 HR, 9 RBI, 1.778 SLG, .800 OBP, 1 BB, 1 SB; Alex Burns, Molloy - 4 GS, .625 avg, 10 H, 1 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR, 9 RBI, 2 SB, 1.000 SLG; Preslee Christensen, Colorado Mesa - 2 APP/2 GS, 2-0, 0.83 ERA, 10 SO's, 3 BB's, 5 Hits, 9 IP; Kylie Emanuele, Mount Olive - 4 GP/4 GS, .833 avg., 4 2B, 2 HR, 11 RBI, 1.667 SLG; Logan Forman, Wayne State - 4 GP/4 GS, .500 avg., 2 2B, 1 3B, 4 RBI, 1 BB, .833 SLG, .500 OBP; Hannah Harper, West Florida - 10 IP, 0.00 ERA, 8 K, 2 BB; Christin Haygood, UT Tyler – 3 APP/1 GS, 2-0, 0.62 ERA, 11.1 IP, ER, 12 K, 6 H, .154 opp. BA, 2 BB; Kaiana Kong, Western Washington – 2-0, 1.08 ERA, 13 IP, 9 H, 2 R, 2 ER, BB, 2 K; Ashley Mandell, West Texas A&M - 3 App/0 GS, 2-0, 1.17 ERA, 6 SO, 1 BB, 3 H, 1 R (1 ER), .143 b/avg, 6.0 IP; Sophia Mariottini, Molloy - 2 GS, 2-0, 0.58 ERA, 13 SO, 1 BB, 12 IP,  .196 opp. BA; Erin Moon, West Florida - 7-10 (.700) 5 R, 2 doubles, 2 RBI; Alyssa Perez, Saint Leo - 3 GP/ 3 GS, .714 avg. (5-7), 2 R, 2 RBI, 4 BB, 0 K, .818 OBP, .714 SLG, 1 SB; Nicole Price, UT Tyler - .583, 7 H, 3 RBI, SB, 3 R; Sydnee Reaves – Montevallo - .636, 7 H, 9 RBI, 5 R, 2 2B, 3B, HR (Grand Slam), 1.273 SLG, hit for the cycle on March 30; Lexy Rees, UIndy - 4 GP/4 GS, .455 avg., 2 2B, 2 HR, 10 RBI, 1.364 SLG, single-game record 8 RBI; Hannah Rose, Charleston - 4GP/4GS, .667 (8-12), 1.667 OPS, 6 R, 6 RBI, 3 2B, 4-4 SB, active 15-game hitting streak; Jade Sanders, Rogers State - 2 App/2 GS, 2-0, 0.58 ERA, SHO, 12.0 IP, 18 K, 4 BB, 1 ER, .171 Opp BA; Haleigh Thomas, Saint Leo - 2 App/1 GS, 2-0, 0.00 ERA, CG, SHO, 13 IP, 6 H, 16, SO, 2 BB.

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