LOUISVILLE, Ky. –Trevecca Nazarene’s Mary Collins and Southern Arkansas’ Elisa Favela were named 2019 Louisville/Slugger NFCA Division II National Player and Pitcher of the Week honorees for games played Feb. 25-March 3.
Collins, who hails from Apison, Tenn., had a monstrous doubleheader against Lincoln Memorial. The senior catcher cranked four home runs, including three in game two of the Trojan’s sweep. In the nightcap, Collins launched a pair of grand slams and a solo shot which attributed to her single-game Great Midwest Conference-record nine RBI. She also broke a 3-3 deadlock in game one with a two-run shot giving her 11 RBI over two games. In three games last week, Collins hit .600 scored four runs and slugged 1.800.
Favela twirled back-to-back no-hitters against Northwestern Oklahoma State and finished the week 3-0 with a 0.00 ERA and 18 strikeouts. The junior righty surrendered an unearned run and three hits over 15 innings of work, holding her opposition to a .058 batting average. Favela fanned 10 and hit one batter in her first no-no. She stepped in the circle the next day and fanned six more Rangers and walked three over five innings to become the third SAU hurler to throw a no-hitter.
In her first appearance of the week, Favela picked up a win in relief at Harding. She struck out three and scattered three hits over the final three frames in a 3-2 eight-inning win. The Great American Conference Player and Pitcher of the Week also helped herself out offensively, hitting .667 (8-for-12) with two doubles, a home run, six RBI and four runs scored.
Player / Pitcher
March 6- Mary Collins, Trevecca Nazarene / Elisa Favela, Southern Arkansas
Feb. 27- AnneMarie Torres, Colorado Mesa / Callie Nunes, Concordia Irvine
Feb. 20- Courtney Barnhill, Angelo State / Emily Otto, Texas A&M-Commerce
Feb. 13- Angelique Elemen, Fort Lewis / Caylie Van Auken, Valdosta State
Feb. 6- Kaylie Upton, Oklahoma Christian / Victoria Taylor, Southern Arkansas
Selected Top Performances
Emma Swenson, Wingate- .714 (10-for-14), 4 HR, 12 RBI, 7 R, 1.571 SLG, .750 OBP; Makinlee Sellevold, Western Washington- 3-0, 0.39 ERA, 1 ER, 6 H, 28 K, .102 opp. BA, 2 SHO; Kay Brokering, King- .643 (9-for-14), 4 2B, 2 HR, 10 RBI, 1.357 SLG, .722 OBP; Emily Benson, Western Washington- .500, 6 H, 2 2B, 3B, HR, 6 RBI, 4 R, hit for cycle vs Montana State Billings; Emily Maseth, West Chester- .600 (9-for-15), 2B, 2 3B, 8 RBI, 8 R; Saidi Castillo, Texas A&M-Kingsville- 2-0, 1.14 ERA, SV, 19 K, .136 opp. BA, 12.1 IP vs. No. 2 Texas A&M-Commerce; Taylor Hollestelle, Fort Lewis- .706 (12-for-17), 3 2B, 3B, HR, 9 RBI, 11 R, 1.176 SLG; Emily Truitt, Rockhurst- .533, 8 H, 3B, 2 HR, 8 RBI; Kasie Johnson, Valdosta State- 3-0, 1.65 ERA, 25 K, 1 BB, .175 opp. BA, 17 IP; Abby Summers, Rollins-1-0, SHO, 2 H, BB, 14 K