LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Henderson State junior Ashlyn White and North Georgia senior Courtney Poole were named the Louisville/Slugger NFCA Division II National Player and Pitcher of the Week for games played March 14-20, announced the association on Wednesday afternoon.
White had an explosive weekend helping Henderson State sweep a four-game Great American Conference (GAC) series from Arkansas-Monticello. The Longview, Texas native took advantage of the limited amount of opportunities she had to swing the bat, going 6-for-6, with three home runs, 11 RBI, six runs and 2.500 slugging percentage. Being pitched around most of the weekend, White was walked eight times and reached base safely in all 14 plate appearances.
"Ashlyn is very deserving of this honor,” said head coach Beth Jackson. “She has worked so hard over the years and is fighting a shoulder injury daily. She is an outstanding young woman, athlete, and teammate. I couldn't be more proud of her."
In the opening doubleheader, White launched all three of her long balls and knocked in nine runs. She registered two homers, five RBI and three runs in game two. A day later, White went 1-for-1 with three free passes in each contest. In game three, she drove in two runs with a single. In addition, she earned the win in game three, surrendering a run on six hits with two punchouts in four innings of work.
Poole delivered another outstanding weekly performance in the circle for the No. 8 Nighthawks. She tossed back-to-back no-hitters on the road and finished the week, 6-0 with a 0.15 ERA (1 ER), four shutouts and 49 strikeouts. Picking up her sixth Peach Belt weekly honor, Poole garners her first NFCA accolade this season and second overall.
“It’s an incredible honor to be recognized as a National Pitcher of the Week, but it could not be accomplished without all of my teammates,” said Poole. “We have had a great season so far and we are all looking forward to what the rest of the season has in store."
The 2015 Schutt Sports/NFCA National Player of the Year opened the week with a pair of extra-inning wins at Flagler, tossing a total of 21 frames and allowing just one unearned run and striking out 17. Poole’s back-to-back no-hitters came on march 16 at Georgia Southwestern. She started with an 11-strikeout performance and continued her form into game two, fanning eight more in a five-inning win. The right-handed hurler closed out the week with a pair of wins over conference foe Francis Marion, including a three-hit shutout in the second game of the twinbill.
"We are very excited for the national recognition that Courtney has received,” head coach Mike Davenport said. “She has worked extremely hard over her four years here at UNG and the results are a direct reflection of that. Courtney is nearing some very prestigious softball milestones here at UNG but she will be the first to tell you that her teammates also deserve much of the credit that she is receiving and that shows what a great teammate she is."
Player of the Week
March 23 – Ashlyn White (Henderson State)
March 16 – Sydney Wellman (St. Mary’s)
March 9 – Taylor Zimmerman (Washburn)
March 2 – Shayne Starkey (West Texas A&M)
Feb. 24 – Cheyanne Head (Barry)
Feb. 17 – Hannah Michel (St. Mary’s)
Feb. 10 – Darian Harris (Southern Arkansas)
Pitcher of the Week
March 23 – Courtney Poole (North Georgia)
March 16 – Bekah Slattery (Lock Haven)
March 9 – Hannah Perryman (UMSL)
March 2 – Morgan Foley (Indianapolis)
Feb. 24 – Carley Tysinger (Catawba)
Feb. 17 – Hannah Perryman (UMSL)
Feb. 10 – Kaylee Garner (Southern Arkansas)
Selected Top Performances
Indianapolis’ Morgan Foley – GLVC Pitcher of the Week - 5-0, 0 R, 70 K, 30.1 IP, 5 H, 5 BB; no-hitter at Walsh (15 K) … NYIT’s Kat Zabielski – ECC Player of the Week -.500 (12-for-24), 4 HR, 16 RBI, 8 R, 1.200 SLG, .609 OBP… Minnesota State's Coley Ries – NSIC Pitcher of the Week - 3-0, 0.00, 51 K, 23.2 IP, 0.92 opp BA; no hitter vs. Central Oklahoma (16 K)… Southern Arkansas’ Brooke Goad – GAC Co-Player of the Week - .750 (6-for-8), 6 XBH, 3 HR, 4 RBI, 8 R, 2.125 SLG, .846 OBP… Trevecca Nazarene’s Haley Fagen – G-MAC Pitcher of the Week… 4-0, 0.33 ERA, 27 K, 21.1 IP… Molloy’s Chelsea Hawks – ECC Pitcher of the Week - 3-0, 0.74 ERA, 25 K… Nebraska-Kearney’s Kate Ruwe – MIAA AstroTurf Hitter of the Week - .769 (10-for-13), 4 HR, 7 RBI… Catawba’s Carley Tysinger – SAC Pitcher of the Week - 2-0, 0.50 ERA, 6 H, 26 K, no-hitter vs. Brevard (15 K)… Texas Permian Basin’s Zoe Murillo – Heartland Player of the Week - .800 (12-15), 3 2B, 3B, HR, 12 RBI, 9 R… Winona State’s Paige Keegan – NSIC Player of the Week - .750 (9-for-12), 2B, HR, 7 RBI, 1.083 SLG, 4 BB, 0 K… Wayne State University's Lyndsay Butler – GLIAC Pitcher of the Week… 4-1, save, 28 K, 29 IP – no-hitter vs. Merrimack; .471 (16-for-34), 10 RBI, 1 K in 35 PA… Montana State Billings’ Myrissa Prince – GNAC Player of the Week - .500 (7-for-14), 2B, 3B, HR, 8 RBI, 5 R, 1.143 SLG… Saint Leo’s Alana Tabel – Sunshine State Pitcher of the Week - 2-0, 0.00 ERA, 15 K, 3 H, 15 K… Truman State’s Christa Reisinger – GLVC Player of the Week - .471 (8-for-17), 2B, 2 3B, HR, 7 RBI, 5 R, 5 SB… Bloomsburg’s Mallory Tomashick – PSAC Central Division Pitcher of the Week - 2-0, 0.55 ERA, 7 K; .400 (6-for-15), 2 HR, 3 RBI, 3 R… Dixie State’s Jessica Gonzalez – PacWest Player of the Week - .588 (10-for-17), 2 HR, 11 RBI, 1.176 SLG… Valdosta State’s Caitlyn Calhoun – Gulf South Pitcher of the Week - 3-0, 1.00 ERA, 30 K, 3 BB, 19 IP; no-hitter at Florida Southern (5 IP, 5 K)… Texas Woman’s University’s Tealey Farquhar – Lone Star Player of the Week - .565, 10 R, 4 BB, 6-6 SB… North Alabama’s Courtney Shields – Gulf South Player of the Week - .600 (9-for-15), 5 2B, 2 HR, 9 RBI, 6 R… Findlay’s Lauren Trumpler – GLIAC Player of the Week - .571, 11 RBI… Arkansas Tech’s Jalissa Gum – GAC Pitcher of the Week - 2-0, 0.69 ERA, 19 K, 13 IP… Armstrong State’s Hannah Reppert – GAC Co- Player of the Week - 1.000 (6-for-6), 3 HR, 11 RBI, 6 R, 2.500 SLG, 8 BB, 1.000 OBP… Mississippi College’s Carlie Sargent – NCCAA Pitcher of the Week… 3-0, 0.00 ERA, 30 K, 3 BB, 23 IP