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LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Regis’ Allisha Martinez and Valdosta State’s Samantha Richards were named NFCA’s Division II Louisville Slugger Player and Wilson Pitcher of the Week. They are being recognized for their outstanding performances during contests played Feb. 28-March 6.

Over the weekend, Martinez hit .750 (6-for-8) with a pair of doubles, three home runs, 11 RBI and six runs scored. She drew two walks and slugged 2.125. Along with her five extra base hits, Martinez was productive when she was retired, recording three sac flies. In Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference action, Martinez homered, doubled and drove in four runs in games one and four against New Mexico Highlands. She also left the yard in game two of the series.

Richards posted a 4-0 mark with a 1.25 ERA and 37 strikeouts over 22.1 innings of work. She registered a one-hit six-inning shutout at Flagler and held her opponents to a .174 batting average last week. Richards fanned 14 during a complete game win in game one of Gulf South Conference play versus Montevallo. The junior hurler also picked up a win with 2.1 innings of shutout relief in game two versus the Falcons.

The Division II Player and Pitcher of the Week awards are voted on by the NFCA Division II Top 25 Poll Committee, which consists of two head coaches from each of the NCAA’s eight regions. To be eligible, student-athletes must be nominated by their member head coach.

Selected Top Performances
Tyla Lee, Lubbock Christian - .467, 2B, HR, 7 RBI, 5 two-out RBI; Ashley Perez, UT Tyler - .467, 2 HR, 6 RBI, 5 R, 1.000; Hannah Rose, Charleston - .421 (8-for-19), 2B, 9 R, 11 BB, HBP, 3 SB, .645 OBP; Ashley Connor, Nova Southeastern – 5-0, 1.24 ERA, SV, 2 SHO,  3 BB, 14 K, 22.2 IP; Katy Burawski, Bridgeport – 2-1, 34 K, 3 BB, 18 IP, no-hitter versus USciences; Lakyn Phillips, USC Aiken – 3-0, 0.68 ERA, SV, SHO, 35 K, 20.2 IP ,.113 opp BA, Ellie Smith, Colorado Mesa, 2-0, 0.00 ERA, 2 SHO, 12 IP; Madison Schaefer, Texas A&M-Commerce - .524, 3 2B, 6 RBI.

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