LOUISVILLE, Ky. –West Texas A&M senior Shanna McBroom and Ferris State freshman Mckenzie Cleland were named the Louisville Slugger / NFCA Player and Wilson / NFCA Pitcher of the Week, respectively, for their outstanding performances in contests played during the week of Feb. 15-21.
McBroom helped the Lady Buffs post a 4-0 mark at the WT Invitational, batting .846 with seven extra-base hits, eight RBI and a 1.769 slugging percentage. She recorded three doubles, three triples, a home run and 12 runs scored. Additionally, McBroom swiped four bases and owned a .857 on-base percentage. The Sasche, Texas native was a perfect 3-for-3 against UC-Colorado Springs and Colorado School of the Mines. Against Mines, she doubled, tripled twice, drove in three runs and scored four times. McBroom also crossed the dish three times against the Mountain Lions and Fort Lewis.
Cleland, who hails from Carleton, Mich., was 4-0 with a 0.56 ERA and 25 strikeouts in 25 innings of work. The rookie hurler allowed four runs, two earned, walked four and held her opponents to a .193 batting average. Cleland opened the season with a four-hit shutout of Lindenwood, striking out four and not issuing a free pass. She tossed four innings of no-hit shutout relief (4 K, 2 BB) to earn the win in an 11-inning affair versus Ursuline. McBroom also went the distance in victories over Quincy and Findlay, fanning 12 and five batters, respectively.
Selected Top Performances
Samantha Richards, Valdosta State- 2-0, 0.00 ERA, SHO, 10 K, 2 H, 10 IP, .065 opp. BA, no-hitter vs. Shorter (5 IP); Kayleigh Jones, Oklahoma Baptist – 3-0, 0.43 ERA, 5 H, 21 K, 16.1 IP; Lexi Close, West Georgia - .750 (6-for-8), 3 HR, 8 RBI, 5 R, 1.875 SLG, 1-0, SV 0.50 ERA, 14 K, 14 IP; Skylar Herrera, Lubbock Christian - .429, 6 H, 2B, 3 HR, 9 RBI, 1.143 SLG, 3 SB; Alexandrea Sullivan, Newberry – 2-0, 0.00 ERA, SHO, 18 K, 4 BB, 12.2 IP; Sarah Gersch, Saginaw Valley State - .474, 2B, 3 3B, HR, 10 RBI, 1.000 SLG.