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LOUISVILLE, Ky. –Augustana’s Mary Pardo and Bridgeport’s Kaite Burawski were named NFCA’s Division II Louisville Slugger Player and Wilson Pitcher of the Week. The duo is being recognized for outstanding performances during contests played April 4-10.

Pardo powered the Vikings to a 6-0 week as she clubbed seven home runs, recorded 15 RBI and slugged 1.579. Over the six games, she batted .474 with nine hits, 12 runs scored, two stolen bases and a .500 on-base percentage. Pardo matched a program record with three long balls against Winona State. In the doubleheader sweep of the Warriors, the senior centerfielder drove in eight, scored five runs and left the yard four times. Pardo connected on two more round trippers and posted five RBI and three runs scored in game one versus Minot State.

Burawski, who was 4-0 on the week, twirled back-to-back no-hitters against Queens and College of Staten Island. She finished the week allowing just seven hits, striking out 40 and posting a 1.97 ERA in 21.1 innings of work. In her first no-no, Burawski fanned 15 and issued one walk and followed with 12 more punchouts (2 BB) in a six-inning outing. The junior hurler currently ranks third in Division II with 217 strikeouts.

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
Kaiden Boren, Cameron - .538, 2B, 3B, 4 HR, 16 RBI, 1.692 SLG, tied DII record with back-to-back grand slams against Western New Mexico; Kenzie Chappell, Young Harris - .800, 8 H, HR, 4 R, 4 RBI, 4 BB, .833 OBP, 6-6 SB; Kasey Flores, Lubbock Christian - .400, 2B, 3 HR, 8 RBI, 1.400 SLG; Kylie Janzen, Oklahoma Christian - .857, 2 2B, 3B, HR, 9 RBI, 1.857 SLG, .750 OBP, 3 BB, 3 R, 2 GW hits; Maggie Langheim, Mars Hill - .571, 8 H, 2B, 5 HR, 8 RBI, BB, 0 K; Kiara Meikle, Georgia Court - .500, 2B, 2 HR, 6 RBI, 3 R; Katie Proctor, Valdosta State - .545, 6 H, 2 2B HR, 6 RBI, R, 1.545 OPS; Abbey Rogers, Rogers State - .455, 2B, 2 HR, 7 RBI, 1.091 SLG; Irene Travis, UMSL - .786, 11 H, 2 2B, .929 SLG; Gabriella Valforte, West Texas A&M - .700, 7 H, 2 HR, 7 RBI, 6 R, 3 BB, SB, .733 OBP, 1.300 SLG; Tia Williams, Nova Southeastern - .727, 8 H, 2B, 6 RBI, 5 R, 3 SB; Grace Anderson, Oklahoma Christian – 1-0, 0.78 ERA, 5 K, 9 IP, 2 H, ER, perfect game vs. Western New Mexico (5 IP, 2 K); Hannah Beatus, Grand Valley State – 3-1, 0.00 ERA, 4 CG, 2 R, 0 ER, 28 K, 2 BB, no-hitter vs. Wisconsin-Parkside (7 K); Ashley Connor, Nova Southeastern – 1-0, H, 2 BB, 8 K, 0.45 opp. BA 7 IP; Amber Elliott, Augustana – 3-0, 0.00 ERA, 6 H, 18 K, 3 BB, 14.1 IP; Mikayla Gilgert, Georgian Court – 2-0, 0.00 ERA, 2 SHO, 12 K, 3 H; Kylee Lynch, Central Oklahoma – 2-0, 0.00 ERA, 2 SHO, 6 H, 13 K, 0 BB, 13 IP; Andrea Morales, Rogers State – 2-0, 1.29 ERA, 22 K, 0 BB, 2 ER, 14 IP; Josie Newman, Southern Indiana – 2-0, 0.00 ERA, 2 SHO, 13 K, .026 opp. BA, no-hitter vs. Southwest Baptist (5 IP, 4 K); Samantha Richards, Valdosta State – 2-0, 2.33 ERA, 29 K, BB, 12 IP, 500th career strikeout on April 10; Maxine Valdez, Lubbock Christian – 2-0, 1.24 ERA, 23 K, 11.1 IP; Heidi Vortherms, West Texas A&M - perfect game vs. Texas Woman’s (6 K); Mackenzie Ward, Minnesota State – 3-0, 2 SHO, R, 0 ER, 28 K.

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