LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Malone’s Bailey Byers and Rollins’ Ashley Worrell were named Louisville Slugger / NFCA Player of the Week and Wilson / NFCA Pitcher of the Week, respectively. They were recognized for their outstanding performances in contests played during the week of April 12-18.
Byers hit .714 (15-for-21) with six home runs, a triple, three doubles, 13 RBI and 12 runs scored over six game games last week. The senior catcher slugged 1.809, recorded a .760 on-base percentage and was perfect defensively on 47 chances behind the plate. Leading off for the Pioneers, Byers, who did not strike out in 25 plate appearances, recorded multiple hits and drove in at least one run in each of the six games. Additionally, she scored more than once on four occasions and five times overall. The Alliance, Ohio native homered twice against Hillsdale and Ursuline, going 4-for-4 with four runs against the Chargers, and posting five RBI versus the Arrows. In a 3-for-4 outing with three runs scored against Lake Erie, Byer was a home run short of the cycle. This is the second honor for Byers, who earned her first plaudit on March 13, 2019.
Worrell kept Palm Beach Atlantic hitters at bay shutting out the Sailfish in both her starts last week. She opened the series with a nine-inning complete game one-hit shutout. Following a leadoff infield single, Worrell no-hit the Sailfish the rest of the way, striking out eight. Only one other PBA batter reached via a fifth-inning field error. In game three, the Oviedo, Fla. native scattered four hits, fanned six and did not issue a walk over seven innings. For the week, Worrell allowed five hits, struck out 14, did not walk anyone and held PBA to a .094 batting average.
Selected Top Performances
Grace Trautman, St. Michael’s - .650 (13-for-20), 4 HR, 6 RBI, 10 R, 5 BB, .741 OBP, 1.250 SLG; Kyra Lair, West Texas A&M – 2-0, 0.00 ERA, 1 R, 0 ER, 19 K, 3 BB, 4 H; Mary Pardo, Augustana - .471 (8-for-17), 5 HR, 7 RBI, .640 OBP, 1.353 SLG; Taylor Danielson, Indianapolis - .400, 5 HR, 15 RBI, 8 R, 3 BB, 1.400 SLG, .526 OBP; Samantha Richards, Valdosta State – 3-0, 0.00 ERA, SHO, 7 H, 31 K, BB, .127 opp. BA, 16 IP; Brooke Doumer, Colorado Mesa - .667 (8-for-12), 4 HR, 7 RBI, 4 BB, 4 SB, .750 OBP, 1.667 SLG; Chelsea Blankenship, Harding - .600 (9-for-15), 2B, 3 HR, 9 RBI, 1.267; Morgan Perry, Saint Anselm – 2-0, 0.49 ERA, 22 K, 14 IP; Ava Fitzmaurice, New Haven - .423, 11 H, 2B, 3 HR, 5 RBI, 3-3 SB / 5-0, 2 SV, 17 K, 39.2 IP; Callie Christensen, Cameron - .625, 2 HR, 7 RBI, 6 BB, 2.108 OPS; Rachel Griffin, Davenport - .611 (11-for-18), 3 2B, 2 HR, 10 RBI, 6 R, 2 BB, 0 K, 1.111 SLG, .650 OBP.