LOUISVILLE, Ky. – UVa-Wise’s Taylor Brandts and West Texas A&M’s Kylee Moore garneredLouisville Slugger / NFCA Division II National Pitcher and Player of the Week honors, respectively, for games played April 10-16.
Brandts was unhittable in two starts last week twirling a pair of no-hitters in Mountain East Conference play. The junior right-hander struck out 14 and walked two in 12 innings of work. In game one of a doubleheader against Shepherd, Brandts fanned eight and allowed two free passes in a 2-0 victory over the Rams. A day later, the King George, Va. native struck out six and was a hit batter away from a perfect game in a five-inning victory over Fairmont State. Brandts, the MEC Pitcher of the Week, extended her scoreless streak to 47 innings and has not allowed a run since March 29.
Moore had a monstrous weekend for the sixth-ranked Lady Buffs as they took over sole possession of second in the Lone Star Conference after a series win over Cameron. In three games, the sophomore from Van, Texas hit .778 (7-for-9), with nine runs and seven RBI. She walked three times, recorded a .833 on-base percentage and did not strike out in 13 plate appearances. Six of her seven hit went for extra bases, clubbing three doubles and three home runs, attributing to her 2.111 slugging percentage. The Lone Star Conference Player of the Week launched a pair of long balls, drove in four runs and scored four times in game one. Moore followed that with another homer, three doubles, three RBI and five runs scored in the Saturday doubleheader sweep.
Moore is the third Lady Buff to receive recognition this season, joining teammates Shea Ibrahim and Ashley Hardin, who earned Player of Week on April 12 and March 1, respectively.
Player of the Week
April 19 – Kylee Moore (West Texas A&M)
April 12 – Shea Ibrahim (West Texas A&M)
April 5 – Taylor Luzzi (University of New Haven)
March 29 – Mariah Jameyson (Texas A&M University-Commerce)
March 22 – Natalie Lalich (Indianapolis)
March 15 – Kailey Green (Missouri Western)
March 8 – Lyndsay Butler (Wayne State University)
March 1 – Ashley Hardin (West Texas A&M)
Feb. 22 – Erika Lutgen (Missouri Southern)
Feb. 15 – Abbey Walters (UNC Pembroke)
Feb. 8 – Tiffany Hollingsworth (Humboldt State)
Pitcher of the Week
April 19 – Taylor Brandts (UVa-Wise)
April 12 – Jayden Chestnut (University of Central Oklahoma)
April 5 – Bridgette Sappington (Rockhurst) & Jessica Yost (Bemidji State)
March 29 – Amanda Houck (West Chester University)
March 22 – Michelle Sorensen (Henderson State)
March 15 – Brandy Marlett (Angelo State)
March 8 – Anna Kasner (Western Washington)
March 1 – Kylee Smith (North Georgia)
Feb. 22 – Ally Marcano (Flagler)
Feb. 15 – Rachel Pence (Florida Tech)
Feb. 8 – Anna Kasner (Western Washington)
Selected Top Performances
Brenna Martini, Adelphi (NE 10 Player of the Week)- .643 (9-for-14), 6 2B, HR, 10 RBI, 6 R, 1.214 SLG, 5 BB, .737 OBP; Taylor Parker, Bloomsburg (PSAC Central Pitcher of the Week)- 3-0, 3 SHO, 5 H, 0.85 opp. BA, 33 K, 19 IP; Hayley Fein, Cal State Monterey Bay (CCAA Pitcher of the Week)- 5-0, 0.52 ERA, save, SHO, 23 K, .167 opp. BA; Malea Maye, Albany State (SIAC Player of the Week)- .583, 7 H, , 2B, 3B, 12 RBI, 8 R; Abi Corbett, Missouri Southern (MIAA Player of the Week)- .722 (13-for-18), 2B, 3 RBI, 8 R, 7-7 SB; Carly Kingery, UMSL (GLVC Pitcher of the Week)- 2-0, 0.50 ERA, 2 H, 17 K, 2 BB, 14 IP, .064 opp. BA, no-hitter vs. Missouri S&T; Sarah Kennedy, Augustana (Northern Sun Player of the Week)- .652, 15 H, 7 2B, HR, 8 RBI, 8 R, 1/087 SLG, .692 OBP; Makaleigh Dooley, Tampa (SSC Pitcher of the Week) 2-0 vs. then-No. 4 Saint Leo, 8 K, CG, 1.17 ERA; Alex Stupek, UMSL (GLVC Player of the Week)- .615 (8-for-13), 2 HR, 5 RBI, 4 R, 1.077 SLG; Coley Ries, Minnesota State (Northern Sun Pitcher of the Wek)- 3-0, 0.00 ERA, 30 K, 18.1 IP; Allison Lipovsky, Grand Valley State (GLIAC Pitcher of the Week)- 2-0, 0.50 ERA, 1 R, 28 K, 4 BB, 14 IP; Marisa Monasseri, Caldwell (CACC Player of the Week)- .714 (10-for-14), 2 2B, 2 HR, 8 RBI, 7 R, 1.286 SLG, .833 OBP; Julia Reuble, Central Washington (GNAC Player of the Week)- 5 H, 4 HR, 11 RBI, 4 R, 1.417 SLG; Raynelle Nash, St. Mary’s (Heartland Player of the Week)- .778 (7-for-9), 3 2B, 2 HR, 7 RBI, 1.778 SLG, 2 BB, .818 OBP; Amanda Houck, West Chester (PSAC East Pitcher of the Week)- 3-0, 3 SHO, 17 K, 2 BB; Kiana Wood, Central Washington (GNAC Pitcher of the Week)- 2-0, 2 saves, 1.00 ERA, 3 R, 2 ER; Laura McLaughlin, NYIT (ECC Pitcher of the Week)- 3-1, 0.00 ERA, 2 SHO, 22 K, 21.2 IP; Shaqualilla German, Claflin- .625, 5 H, 2B, 2 HR, 7 RBI, 4 R, 1-0, 1.40 ERA, 9 K, 1 BB, 2 H, 1 R; Courtni Smith, Central Missouri- 9-for-17, 2 2B, 2 HR, 7 RBI, 6 R.