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MSUB’s Harasymczuk & Valdosta’s Hadley Named As Louisville Slugger Division II National Player & Pitcher of the Week

Valdosta State's Alanna Hadley. Photo courtesy of Valdosta State Sports Information.STARKVILLE, Miss. – Senior Meg Harasymczuk of Montana State Billings and senior Alanna Hadley of Valdosta State have been named as the Louisville Slugger Division II National Player and Pitcher of the Week, respectively, for games played March 19-25.

Harasymczuk was nearly unstoppable last week as she went five for seven at the plate with 11 walks, 10 of which were intentional.  She finished the week with 11 RBIs, 10 runs, four home runs, two stolen bases and a double.  Her numbers on the week bordered the absurd with a .714 batting average, a .889 on-base percentage, and a 2.517 slugging percentage.

While given limited opportunities at the plate, the Spring Creek, Nevada native made each one count by going for extra bases with each hit, including four round-trippers.  Harasymczuk was also the hero of game two on Saturday against Western Oregon when she hit a walk-off grand slam to give the Yellowjackets a 13-10 win.

Harasymczuk is currently batting .407 so far this season and leads her team with 13 home runs and 39 RBIs.

Montana State Billings is currently 20-5 overall and 17-3 in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference.  The Yellowjackets will look to keep their 11-game win streak alive this weekend when they travel to Turlock, Calif., for the annual Tournament of Champions.

Hadley was 3-0 with two saves over five appearances for the newly crowned top-ranked Blazers last week.  She finished the week with a 0.66 ERA, 11 hits, 16 strikeouts and just two earned runs and five walks over 21.1 innings of work.  She also limited her opponents to a paltry .148 batting average over the five-game stretch.

Of her five appearances last week, the Dacula, Ga., native went the distance in three of them, while also notching two solo shutouts.  In her 2.1 innings of relief work, Hadley allowed no runs, no walks and just one hit to earn her first two saves of the season.

On the year, Hadley is 12-1 with a 0.72 ERA, a .172 opponents batting average and 69 strikeouts.

Valdosta State took over the top spot in this week’s NFCA Division II Top 25 poll, is currently 25-2 on the year and a perfect 12-0 in Gulf South play.  This week, the Blazers will look to defend their ranking when they host a mid-week non-conference doubleheader with Saint Leo and then travel to Christian Brothers and Delta State this weekend for a pair of league doubleheaders.

Other Top Performances
April Jowers of Armstrong Atlantic went 8-for-15 last week to become the Pirates’ all-time hit leader and maintained her Division II-leading season batting average of .595…  Indianapolis’ Jennifer DeMotte improved to 18-1 on the year last week with three wins in three appearances, while also striking out 17… Whitney Hamilton of Southeastern Oklahoma batted .778 last week with six RBIs, three runs and a very impressive two pinch-hit home runs … Ohio Dominican’s Rachael Stanzel helped power a 6-0 week for the Panthers by recording 21 strikeouts compared to just four walks over four complete game wins.

2012 Louisville Slugger Division II National Player of the Week
Mar. 28 – Meg Harasymczuk – Montana State Billings – Sr. – OF – Spring Creek, Nevada
Mar. 21 – Katie Wellborn – Tarleton State – Sr. – C/IF – North Richland Hills, Texas
Mar. 14 – Cori Reinhardt – Cal State Monterey Bay – Fr. – P – Riverside, Calif.
|Mar. 7 – Megan Whitmire – Central Oklahoma – Sr. – IF – Del City, Okla.
Feb. 29 – Hailey Stockman – Cal State Chico – Sr. – C – Auburn, Calif.
Feb. 22 – Breezy Collings – Flagler – Sr. – 1B – Orange City, Fla. 

2012 Louisville Slugger Division II National Pitcher of the Week
Mar. 28 – Alnna Hadley – Valdosta State – Sr. – P – Dacula, Ga.
Mar. 21 – Jennifer DeMotte – Indianapolis – Jr. – P – Indianapolis, Ind.
Mar. 14 – Emlyn Knerem – Ashland – Sr. – P – Brunswick, Ohio
Mar. 7 – Samatha Lipperd – Sonoma St. – Jr. – P – Boulder Creek, Calif.
Feb. 29 – Caitlyn Crain – Abilene Christian – Jr. – P – Fort Worth, Texas
Feb. 22 – Stacey Struzynski – Winona St. – Sr. – P – Homewood, Ill.