LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Humboldt State senior Tiffany Hollingsworth and Western Washington freshman Anna Kasner were named the Louisville/Slugger NFCA Division II National Player and Pitcher, respectively. The duo earned the first plaudit of 2017 after outstanding play during the opening week of the season.
Hollingsworth played a pivotal role for the second-ranked Jacks as they went 5-0 at the Desert Stinger Classic. Homering in each of the first three games, she hit .438 (7-for-16) with a double, three long balls, nine RBI and seven runs scored. The senior shortstop’s performance earned her tournament MVP honors.
In the season opener against Western New Mexico, she went 3-for-3 with a double, home run, three RBI and three runs scored. The San Leandro, Calif. native also added a 3-for-4 performance with a homer, two RBI and three runs versus New Mexico Highlands.
Kasner shined as she made her collegiate debut on Feb. 5 at Chaminade. The rookie hurler went 1-0 in a pair of appearances (one start), registering 19 strikeouts and allowing only one hit in 10 innings.
In her first appearance with WWU, Kasner, a native of Milton, Wash., tossed a complete-game, one-hit shutout with 13 strikeouts in the Vikings’ season opener. Kasner retired the last 12 batters she faced, while recording seven strikeouts over the final three innings. Coming out of the bullpen in game two, Kasner fanned six in three innings of perfect relief.
The 13 strikeouts were the most by a GNAC pitcher since 2012 and tied for the sixth-most strikeouts in a the WWU annals.
Player of the Week
Feb. 8 – Tiffany Hollingsworth (Humboldt State)
Pitcher of the Week
Feb. 8 – Anna Kasner (Western Washington)
Selected Top Performances
Hannah Reppert, Armstrong State (Peach Belt Player of the Week)- .500 BA, 3 2B, 3 HR, 7R, 6 RBI; Addison Ard, Lubbock Christian (Heartland Player of the Week)- .636 (7-11), 9 RBI, 2 HR, 1.364 SLG, .667 OBP; Brandy Marlett, Angelo State (Lone Star Pitcher of the Week)- 2-1, 2.06 ERA, 21 K, 17 IP, no-hitter (9 K, 3 BB) vs. Florida Tech & 2-hit shutout of No. 3 Armstrong State; Sarah Malony, West Florida (Gulf South Pitcher of the Week)- five-inning no-hitter vs. No. 22 UMSL (9 K, 2 BB); Cailin Garmon, Chico State (CCAA Player of the Week)- .444 (8-for-18), .500 OBP, 9 R, 8-8 SB, Desert Stinger All-Tournament; Katie Klosterman, Missouri Western (MIAA Player of the Week)- .538, 2B, 2 HR, 7 RBI, 5 R, 1.077 SLG; Emmie Robertson, Pittsburg State (MIAA Pitcher of the Week)- 6 App/4 starts, 3-1, save, 0.91 ERA, 23 IP, 34 K, 6 BB, 3 ER, .146 opp BA; Karlie Milburn, East Central (GAC Pitcher of the Week)- 3-0, 0.56 ERA, 14 IP, 4 K, .180 opp BA; Mariah Jameyson, Texas A&M University-Commerce (Lone Star Player of the Week)- .471 (8-17), 2 HR, 7 R, 12 RBI, .822 SLG; Maggie Kadrlik, Augustana (NSIC Player of the Week)- .500 (8-16), 3 2B, 5 RBI, 4 R; Bailey Gaspar, Hawai’i Hilo (PacWest Player of the Week)- 5 XBH, 8 RBI, 8 R, 19 total bases; Chloe Collins, Shippensburg- .556 (10-18), 5 2B, 6 RBI, 6 R, 4 SB; 2-1, 3.27 ERA; Jalissa Gum, Arkansas Tech (GAC Player of the Week)- .462, 2 HR, 8 RBI; 1-1, 12. 1 IP, 26 K; Sierra Hearp, Barton (Conference Carolinas Pitcher of the Week)- no-hitter in collegiate debut vs. St. Augustine’s (6K); Jeani Perrucci, Young Harris (Peach Belt Pitcher of the Week)- 2-0, 0.00 ERA, 14 IP, 22 K, 5 H, .109 opp BA, tossed a pair of two-hit shutouts against Queens (N.C.) and Albany State; Kate Kopeck, St. Cloud State (NSIC Pitcher of the Week)- 2-0, 0.50 ERA, 2 CG, 11 K, 2 BB, .191 opp BA; Courtney Medina, Lubbock Christian- .692 BA, .765 OBP, 7 SB, 10 R.