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UMass-Lowell’s Mazure & Shippensburg’s Estep Named NFCA Division II National Player & Pitcher of the Week

Katie MazureSTARKVILLE, Miss. – Catcher Katie Mazure of Massachusetts-Lowell and Emily Estep of Shippensburg have been named as the NFCA Division II National Player and Pitcher of the Week, respectively, for games played March 21-28, 2011. 

Mazure was 10-for-14 last week as Lowell won three of its four games. She ended the week with a .714 batting average to go along with four runs, eight RBI, three double, three home runs, and a stolen base. Over the four-game stretch Mazure slugged 1.571 and had an on-base percentage of .714. 

The Burlington, Mass., native ended her outstanding week on Sunday with a perfect 4-for-4 appearance at the plate with three doubles, a home run and four RBI. As a catcher, Mazure was nearly perfect behind the plate allowing just one error in 30 total chances. 

For the year, Mazure is batting .458 with 15 RBI and 14 runs. The Riverhawks, who are currently 14-8, will open Northeast-10 play this weekend when they play host to doubleheaders with Stonehill, Saint Anselm and Merrimack. 

Estep won an astounding five games on the week and during that stretch allowed just one earned run off of 11 hits with 10 walks and 32 strikeouts. She ended the week with a 0.29 ERA while limiting opponents to a .134 batting average. 

The Chambersburg, Pa. native threw three complete games last week and picked up two wins in relief. Mazure’s gem of the week came during the Raiders’ final game of the when she gave just up just two hits and recorded a season-high 12 strikeouts against Millersville. 

With the five wins last week, Estep is now 10-2 on the year with a 1.98 ERA, 95 strikeouts and an opponent’s batting average of .228. Shippensburg, now 20-8 on the year, made its first appearance in the NFCA Division II Top 25 Poll this week for the first time in almost four years. The 24th-ranked Raiders will look to defend their new ranking on Saturday when they host No. 9 Indiana (PA) in a non-conference doubleheader. 

Other Top Performances
Katie Bolin of Chadron State hit. .692 (9-13) last week and drove in 9 runs to help lead Chadron to a 3-1 week… Wilmington’s Katie Warrington struck out 28 batters last week while only allowing three hits and three walks while going 3-0… Kaycee Bryan of Texas A&M-Kingsville hit three doubles and two triples while scoring seven times during the Javelina’s 2-1 series win over Eastern New Mexico… Wayne State’s (NE) Katie Goetzinger allowed just one earned run last week while going 3-0, including a win over then No. 25 Missouri Western … 

2011 NFCA DII National Player of the Week
Mar. 30 – Katie Mazure – Massachusetts-Lowell – Burlington, Mass. 
Mar. 23 – Jessica McFadden – Barton – Sr. – OF – Wilmington, N.C. 
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, Hawai‘i 
Feb. 16 – Jaycee Lovato – Adams St. – Sr. – 1B/C – Northglenn, Colo. 

2011 NFCA DII National Pitcher of the Week
Mar. 30 – Emily Estep – Shippensburg – P/DP – Chambersburg, Pa. 
Mar. 23 – Jessie Stavola – Dowling – P – Montauk, N.Y. 
Mar. 16 – Amber Waracka – Hawai‘i-Hilo – P – Kaneohe, Hawai‘i 
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.