LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Dixie State outfielder Janessa Bassett and North Georgia hurler Kylee Smith were named the Louisville/Slugger NFCA Division II National Player and Pitcher of the week, respectively. The duo earned the honor after outstanding play for the week of Feb. 5-11.
Bassett, a native of Stansbury Park, Utah, had a career week in helping No. 9 Dixie State (8-0) collect six wins last week. The senior hit .579 with 11 hits, five of which were home runs, 12 RBI and 12 runs scored. She also doubled, tripled, slugged 1.526 and was a perfect 5-for-5 in stolen bases. Her five dingers more than doubled her career total, launching long balls in four of the six games.
Bassett hit back-to-back homers against Metro State-Denver and a game-tying round tripper versus Colorado School of Mines. The PacWest Player of the Week logged four multi-hit games, including three-hit contests against Metro State-Denver and Montana State University-Billings. She collected three RBI in four games and scored four runs versus MSU-Denver.
Smith picked up three wins and a save helping the seventh-ranked NightHawks (11-0) to a 4-0 showing at the South/Southeast Crossover in Augusta, Ga. The sophomore from Suwanee, Ga. posted a 0.38 ERA, surrendering a run with 35 strikeouts in 18.1 innings.
Smith recorded two shutouts. She fanned 15 batters and scattered eight hits over nine innings against Embry-Riddle. Smith added 11 more punchouts and did not walk a batter in a three-hit shutout of Rollins in five innings. She also picked up a win with 1.1 innings of shutout relief against Rollins and earned a three-inning save with six strikeouts versus West Alabama.
Selected Top Performances
Kourtney Coveney, West Texas A&M- .750, 9 H, 3B, 3 HR, 12 RBI, 8 R, 1.667 SLG, .800 OBP; Jordan Withrow, Tarleston State; 2-0, 1.00 ERA, SHO vs. No. 22 St. Mary’s; 23 K, .160 opp BA; Christa Reisinger, Truman State- .800, 8 H, 2 3B, 5-5 SB, 6 BB, .875 OBP, 1.200 SLG; Danielle Sprinkle, Emporia State- .571, 8 H, 6 2B, HR, 7 RBI, 6 R, 1.214 SLG, .625 OBP; Angelique Elemen, Fort Lewis- .524, 11 H, 3 HR, 12 RBI, 9 R; Abby Lathan, Queens (N.C.)- .500, 3B, 3 HR, 9 RBI, 7 R, 2 SB, 1.286 SLG, .588 OBP; Heather Tracy, MSU-Billings- .625, 15 H, 3 2B, 3 RBI, 9 R, 6 SB, riding 17-game hitting streak (12 in 2018); Megan Dettling, MSU Billings- struck out GNAC record 18 in shutout of Chadron State; Morgan Hill, Angelo State- 4-0, 0.00 ERA, 18 K, 4 BB, .162 opp BA; Anne Marie Torres, Colorado Mesa- .500 (7 H, 2 2B, 4 HR, 12 RBI, 6 R, 4 BB, 1.500 SLG, .611 OBP; Maria Williams, Coker- .750, 6 H, HR, 5 RBI, 1.125 SLG, .750 OBP; Lexie Storrer, Nova Southeastern- Perfect game versus Pittsburg State (7 IP, 2 K); Jessica Mohl, Valdosta State- .565, 4 2B, 9 RBI, 7 R, 4 SB, .600 OBP, .870 SLG; Lexi Close, West Georgia- 2-0, 0.00 ERA, 2 SHO, 13 K, 6 H, .176 opp BA; .571, 2B, 3B, 2 RBI; Katie Rohrer, San Francisco State- .769, 10 H, 10 R, 4 RBI.