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LOUISVILLE, Ky. –Malone’s Bailey Byers and Grand Valley State’s Allison Lipovsky were named 2019 Louisville/Slugger NFCA Division II National Player and Pitcher of the Week honorees for games played -March 4-10.

Byers, a native of Alliance, Ohio, enjoyed a strong week at the plate, helping the Pioneers to a 5-3 mark at the PFX Spring Games. The sophomore catcher hit .483 with a double, triple, six home runs, 10 runs scored and 16 RBI during the eight-game stretch. She recorded at least one base knock in each contest, including five multi-hit games, and has started 2019 on a 10-game hitting streak. 

Slugging 1.207 for the week, Byers launched two homers and registered five RBI in a 7-4 win over Franklin Pierce. She also homered against Wayne State College, Concordia-St. Paul, Wheeling Jesuit and Nyack. The G-MAC Player of the Week recorded three hits against Seton Hill and scored three runs versus Wheeling Jesuit.

Lipovsky keyed the 10th-ranked Lakers to a 9-1 week over spring break. The senior righty was dominant over five starts, posting a 5-0 mark with a 1.00 ERA and 53 strikeouts to just five walks over 35 innings of work. Lipovsky, who hails from Harrison, Mich., fanned a season-high 15 batters in a two-hitter against Northern State. The GLIAC Pitcher of the Week also fanned 13 in a two-hit shutout of Wilmington and 10 in a 2-1 victory over Hillsdale.

2019 Honorees - Player / Pitcher
March 13- Bailey Byers, Malone University / Allison Lipovsky, Grand Valley State
March 6- Mary Collins, Trevecca Nazarene / Elisa Favela, Southern Arkansas
Feb. 27- AnnMarie 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

Suka Van Gurp, Nova Southeastern- .524, 4 HR, 12 RBI, 1.286 SLG; Sydnee Uhlman, Alabama-Huntsville- 2-0, SV, 0.81 ERA, 11 K, BB, 8.2 IP, perfect game versus Tuskegee (11K, 5 IP); Alexis Easling, Mansfield- 3-0, 1.85 ERA, 20 K,  BB, 22.2 IP, no-hitter versus Chestnut Hill (6 K); Ruby Salsman, West Texas A&M- .471, 2B, 4 HR, 11 RBI, 1.235 SLG; Emily Otto, Texas A&M-Commerce- 3-0, 0.47 ERA, 15 K, 2 BB, 15 IP; Lydia Goble, Grand Valley State-.324, 11 H, 4 HR, 12 RBI, 12 R; Theresa Moyle, Central Washington- .778, 7 H, 2B, 4 HR, 10 RBI, 9 R, .833 OBP, 2.222 SLG; Shearyna Labasan, Western Washington- 3-0, 0.84 ERA, 8 K, 2 BB, 16.2 IP; Reilly Gearhart, West Chester- 2-0, SV, 0 R, 5 H, 9 K, BB; Julisa Ortega, St. Edward’s- 2-0, 0 R, SHO, 5 H, 19 K, 14 IP; Jordan Klemen, Winona State- 2-0, 3 H, 9 K, 0 R, 11.1 IP; Claire Johnson, Southern Indiana- .538, 14 H, 3 2B, 3 3B, 8 RBI, 8 R, 5 BB, .613 OBP, 1.000 SLG; Jasmin Estrada, St. Cloud State- .448, 13 H, 2B, 3B, 3 HR, 15 RBI, 6 R, .826 SLG; Georgia Capell, Tarleton State- .667, 3 HR, 8 RBI, 6 R; Aryn McGowan, Albany State- 2-0, 0.70 ERA, 4 H, 22 K, 10 IP; Hazel Puempel, Central Oklahoma- .462, 2 2B, 2 HR, 11 RBI (10 2-out RBI), 1.079 SLG, .563 OBP; 

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