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Adams’ Lovato and Hawai‘i Hilo’s Waracka NFCA Division II National Player & Pitcher of the Week

Katelyn LovatoSTARKVILLE, Miss. – Outfielder Katelyn Lovato of Adams State and Amber Waracka of Hawai‘i Hilo have been named as the NFCA Division II National Player and Pitcher of the Week, respectively, for games played Mar. 7-13, 2011. 

Lovato came up big for the Adams last week, as the Grizzlies swept New Mexico Highlands in a four-game Rocky Mountain Athletic conference set. The sophomore went 14-for19 last week with a double, a triple, a home run, seven RBI, nine runs and nine stolen bases. She finished the week with a batting average and an on-base percentage of .737 and a slugging percentage of 1.053 

With her nine stolen bases on the week, the Northglenn, Calif., native set a new single-season school record for stolen bases with 26, just 21 games into the 56 games season. She also broke Adam’s career stolen bases record last week, bringing her total to 43 in just one and a half seasons. 

Lovato is currently leading her team with a .474 batting average and 28 runs. Katelyn is the younger sister of teammate Jaycee, who was named as the first NFCA Division II National Player of the Week this season. 

The Grizzlies are now 14-7 overall on the season and 8-4 in league play. This week, Adams will hit the road for a mid-week non-conference doubleheader with No. 10 West Texas A&M on Wednesday and a four-game RMAC set with Colorado Mines this weekend. 

Waracka won all three games in which she appeared last week and ended the stretch with 0.00 ERA, 19 strikeouts and an opponent’s batting average of just .093. She allowed just five hits and threw two complete game shutouts. 

One of the Kahuluu, Hawaii native’s shutouts came in the form of a 2-0 win over then fifth ranked Hawai‘i Pacific in which she allowed just two hits and four walks. All three of Waracka’s wins last week came in the span of just 24 hours, as the Vulcans schedule had to be adjusted due to the tsunami threat facing the islands 

For the season, Waracka is 3-2 over 26.1 inning of work with a 1.86 ERA and 21 strikeouts. She also holds her team’s lowest opponent’s batting average at just .188. 

After the non-conference split with Hawai‘i Pacific and the sweep of BYU-Hawai‘i, Hawai‘i Hilo now stands at 8-5 on the season and 5-1 in the Pacific West Conference. This week, the Vulcans will head to the mainland for a doubleheader with San Francisco State. 

Other Top Performances
Andi Anti of Drury went 11-for-16 on the week with three doubles and three home runs, while turning in an on-base percentage of .786… Western Washington’s Erika Quint struck 47 on the week and set a new school single-game strikeout record with 16… Tricia Gorman of Chowan hit four doubles, four home runs and drove in 23 runs over an eight game stretch… Sonoma State’s Samantha Lipperd threw a no-hitter vs. Cal State Stanislaus and struck out 10 or more batters in each of three appearances… 

2011 NFCA DII National Player of the Week
Mar. 16 – Katelyn Lovato – Adams St. – So. – OF –Northglenn, Colo. 
Mar. 9 – Kimberly LeComte – West Texas A&M – Jr. – OF – Boerne, Texas 
Mar. 2 – Toni Dance – Missouri Western – Sr. – CF – Brisbane, Australia 
Feb. 22 – DeeshanaLynn Tafiti – Angelo St. – Jr. – 3B – Kalaheo, Hawaii 
Feb. 16 – Jaycee Lovato – Adams St. – Sr. – 1B/C – Northglenn, Colo. 

2011 NFCA DII National Pitcher of the Week
Mar. 16 – Amber Waracka – Hawai‘i Hilo – P – Kahuluu, Hawaii 
Mar. 9 – Kirsten Linert – Grand Canyon – Jr. – P – Phoenix, Ariz. 
Mar. 2 – Torie Bunzell – Quincy – Sr. – P – LaSalle, Ill. 
Feb. 22 – Jennifer DeMotte – Indianapolis – So. – P/OF – Indianapolis, Ind. 
Feb. 16 – Samantha Lipperd – Sonoma St. – So. – P – Boulder Creek, Calif.