LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Rookies,Missouri Southern’s Erika Lutgen and Flagler’s Ally Marcano, took home this week’s Louisville Slugger / NFCA Division II National Player and Pitcher of the Week awards, respectively. Lutgen and Marcano earned the honor for their outstanding play for games played Feb. 13-19, announced the Association on Wednesday afternoon.
Highlighted by conference and school-record performances, Lutgen finished her weekend at the Arkansas-Monticello 8 State Classic with a .526 batting average, 14 RBI, four home runs, a 1.158 slugging percentage and a .571 on-base percentage. Additionally, the first baseman was flawless in the field, playing errorless softball in 48 attempts. In Lutgen’s third game of the weekend, she accounted for 10 of the Lions’ 11 runs by launching a program-record three home runs and recording a Mid-American Athletic Association (MIAA)-record 10 RBI against Illinois-Springfield. The MIAA Hitter of the Week also went 2-for-4 with an RBI in a upset win over then-No. 5 Southern Arkansas.
Marcano, also named Peach Belt Pitcher of the Week, posted a 3-0 record with a 0.30 ERA and 39 strikeouts in 23 innings. The freshman southpaw from Middletown, N.Y. held her opponents to a .133 batting average and struck out double figures in all three complete-game victories over Eckerd, Palm Beach Atlantic and Wingate. She opened with a two-hit, 10-strikeout shutout in a mid-week matchup at the Tritons. Returning home, Marcano matched a school record with 15 punchouts against the Sailfish and wrapped up her week by fanning 13 Bulldogs in an eight-inning victory over Wingate.
Player of the Week
Feb. 22 – Erika Lutgen (Missouri Southern)
Feb. 15 – Abbey Walters (UNC Pembroke)
Feb. 8 – Tiffany Hollingsworth (Humboldt State)
Pitcher of the Week
Feb. 22 – Ally Marcano (Flagler)
Feb. 15 – Rachel Pence (Florida Tech)
Feb. 8 – Anna Kasner (Western Washington)
Selected Top Performances
Maddie Dow, Southern Arkansas (GAC Player of the Week)- .615, 8 H, 4 HR, 8 RBI, 1.538 SLG, .667 OBP; Jessica Mohl, Valdosta State (Gulf South Player of the Week)- .750 (15-for-20), 3 2B, 3B, HR, 17 R, 1.150 SLG, .773 OBP, 3-3 SB; Penny Nichols, Mississippi College (Gulf South Pitcher of the Week)- 3-0, 1.00 ERA, 12 K, 3 CG; Kenedy Urbany, Angelo State (Lone Star Pitcher of the Week)- 2-0, 0.72 ERA, 4 H, 1 ER, 13 K, .121 opp BA; Alex Stupek, Missouri-St. Louis (GLVC Player of the Week)- .550, 11 H, 2 2B, 3 HR, 11 R, 1.100 SLG, .591 OBP; Karolina Flores, Lynn (Sunshine State Player of the Week)- .800, 3 2B, 3B, HR, 9 R; Hallie Smith, Colorado School of Mines (RMAC Pitcher of the Week)- Tossed nine-inning four-hit shutout vs. Concordia Irvine, allowed one hit over final eight innings; Meredith Rouse, Saginaw Valley (GLIAC Player of the Week)- .692 (9-for-13), 2 2B, 3B, HR, 5 RBI; Jennifer Leonhardt, Southern Indiana (GLVC Pitcher of the Week)- Tossed 3-hit shutout with six K’s at then-No. 3 North Alabama in collegiate debut; Michelle Sorensen, Henderson State (GAC Pitcher of the Week)- 3-0, SV, 21 K, 19.1 IP, .152 opp. BA; Destiny Kuehl, Western Oregon (GNAC Player of the Week)- .688, 11 H, 3 2B, 3B, 2 HR, 7 RBI, 6 R; Barbara Billingsley, Missouri Western (MIAA Pitcher of the Week)- 3-0, 0.95 ERA, SHO, 13 K; Taylor Mendez, University of Mary (NSIC Player of the Week)- .450, 2 2B, 3 HR, 8 RBI, 6 R; Jordyn Kleman, Winona State (NSIC Pitcher of the Week)- 2-0, 1.17 ERA, 21 K, .105 opp. BA, no-hitter vs. Wisconsin-Parkside.