LOUISVILLE, Ky. – University of Indianapolis’ Natalie Lalich and Henderson State’s Michelle Sorensen were selectedLouisville Slugger / NFCA Division II National Player and Pitcher of the Week awards, respectively, for their outstanding play during the week March 13-19, announced the Association on Wednesday afternoon.
Lalich had a monster week at the plate for the 10th-ranked Greyhounds (21-5), keying them to a perfect 8-0 week, including a 4-0 start in Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC) play. The senior outfielder paced the squad with a .565 average (13-for-23), six extra-base hits, including four homers, and 16 RBI. One those dingers was of the walk-off variety in 10th-inning of UIndy’s home opener against Drury. A product of Greewood, Ind., Lalich also hit a three-run blast against Missouri S&T, attributing to her four-RBI outing the weekend finale against Missouri S&T. Additionally, she scored seven runs, walked five times and posted a .643 on-base percentage on her way to GLVC Player of the Week honors.
Sorensen highlighted a 3-0 week with a nine-inning, no-hitter against Southeastern Oklahoma State, the first extra-inning no-no in Great American Conference history. The junior from Sherwood, Ark., posted a 0.28 ERA, allowing two runs, one earned, with 32 strikeouts in 25 innings off work. Against the Savage Storm, she fanned 13, did not issue a walk and faced just three batters over the minimum in her second extra-inning complete game of the week and third in six days. Sorenson’s first extra-inning game of the week was a 10-inning outing against Arkansas Tech in which she struck out 13 in a 2-1 victory. That performance came less than 24 hours after tossing a GAC-record 19 innings and striking out 21 in a 3-2 win over the Golden Suns on March 12.
Player of the Week
March 22 – Natalie Lalich (Indianapolis)
March 15 – Kailey Green (Missouri Western)
March 8 – Lyndsay Butler (Wayne State University)
March 1 – Ashley Hardin (West Texas A&M)
Feb. 22 – Erika Lutgen (Missouri Southern)
Feb. 15 – Abbey Walters (UNC Pembroke)
Feb. 8 – Tiffany Hollingsworth (Humboldt State)
Pitcher of the Week
March 22 – Michelle Sorensen (Henderson State)
March 15 – Brandy Marlett (Angelo State)
March 8 – Anna Kasner (Western Washington)
March 1 – Kylee Smith (North Georgia)
Feb. 22 – Ally Marcano (Flagler)
Feb. 15 – Rachel Pence (Florida Tech)
Feb. 8 – Anna Kasner (Western Washington)
Selected Top Performances
Baylea Higgs, Texas A&M Commerce (Lone Star Player of the Week)- .632 (12-for-19), 2 3B, 11 R, 7 RBI, 9-for-9 SB; Tyler Harrison, UAH (Gulf South Player of the Week)- 2-0, SV, 0.00 ERA, 20 K, 0 BB, 5 H, .100 opp. BA; Jordann White, Sonoma State (CCAA Player of the Week)- .423, 11 H, 2 2B, 4 HR, 8 RBI, 12 R; Kenedy Urbany, Angelo State (Lone Star Conference Pitcher of the Week)- 2-0, 2 SHO, 0.00 ERA, 6 H, 13 K, .114 opp. BA; Lyndsay Butler, Wayne State (GLIAC Player of the Week)- 4-0, 0.25 ERA, 2 saves, 33 K, 1 BB, 27.2 IP, .149 opp. BA, .667 (16-for-24), 2 2B, 2 3B, 10 R, .704 OBP; Brooke Goad, Southern Arkansas (GAC Player of the Week)- .600, 9 H, 8 XBH, 5 2B, 3 HR, 4 RBI, 7 R, 1.533 SLG; Jennifer Leonhardt, Southern Indiana (GLVC Pitcher of the Week)- 2-0, 0.43 ERA, 15 K, .161 opp. BA; Brandy Marlett, Angelo State (Lone Star Conference)- 3-1, 0.61 ERA, 38 K, 2 R, 23 IP; Josie Weber, Limestone (Conference Carolinas Pitcher of the Week)- 2-0, 1.00 ERA, 8 K, 2 BB, 14 IP, wins over No. 5 Lenoir-Rhyne & No. 14 Pfeiffer; Darby Demarest, Columbus State (Peach Belt Pitcher of the Week); Lexie Storrer, Nova Southeastern (Sunshine State Conference)- 4-0, 0.75 ERA, 30 K, .360, 9 H, 6 RBI; Emma Hughes, King University- 4-0, 0.85 ERA, SHO, 25 SO, 33 IP; Emmie Robertson, Pittsburg State (MIAA Pitcher of the Week)- 3-0, 0.0