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West Texas A&M’s Cranfill & Quincy’s Macias Named As Louisville Slugger Division II National Player & Pitcher of the Week

Quincy's Wendy Macias. Courtesy of QU Sports Information.STARKVILLE, Miss. – Freshmen Allie Cranfill of West Texas A&M and Wendy Macias of Quincy have been named as the Louisville Slugger Division II National Player and Pitcher of the Week, respectively, for games played April 9-15.

Cranfill turned in astronomical numbers last week as she helped pace the Lady Buffs to a 7-0 record. The freshman hit .609 with two doubles, four walks, eight home runs, 13 runs and 21 RBIs. She finished the seven-game stretch with a .609 batting average, a .667 on-base percentage and a 1.739 slugging percentage.

The Frisco, Texas native was nearly perfect in her team’s 20-17 slugfest win over Cameron in which she went 4-for-5 with three RBIs. Ironically, that game was the only one of three game series in which Cranfill did not record multiple home runs.

Cranfill is batting .376 in her first collegiate season with team-highs of 19 home runs and 54 RBIs. She is currently third in the nation in home runs and sixth in slugging percentage at .929.

Macias went 2-0 last week with wins over St. Joseph’s (Ind.) and McKendree. Over 14.0 innings of work, the freshman allowed no runs, just three hits and two walks, while striking out 11. She ended the week with a 0.00 ERA and an opponent’s batting average of .067.

In the game against McKendree, Macias tossed the first perfect game of her career while posting five strikeouts. Her two shutouts last week brought her season total up to four and she has now won five games in a row.

Macias in currently 6-3 this season with an ERA of 1.40, 94 strikeouts and an opponent’s batting average of .199. Her ERA is the second best in the Great Lakes Valley Conferences, ranking only behind the 0.96 of Indianapolis’ Jennifer DeMotte.

Other Top Performances
Jackie Serna of Cal State Monterey Bay reached base in 13 of her 14 plate appearances last week, while hitting .909 with two home runs and six RBIs… Sonoma State’s Samantha Lipperd allowed just two runs over a 4-0 week while striking out 38… Kristen Knorr of Caldwell scored 10 runs and drove in 12 more helping push the Cougars to six wins in seven tries last week… Alabama-Huntsville’s Whitney Gilbert tossed three complete game shutouts over 20.0 innings of work while walking just two and striking out 14.

2012 Louisville Slugger Division II National Player of the Week
Apr. 18 – Allie Cranfill – West Texas A&M – IF – Fr. – Frisco, Texas
Apr. 11 – Rachel Ruch – Georgian Court – Sr. – IF – Edison, N.J.
Apr. 4 – Nathalie Timmermans – Central Oklahoma – Sr. – C – Oldenzall, The Netherlands
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
Apr. 18 – Wendy Macias – Quincy – Fr. – P – St. Charles, Mo.
Apr. 11- Sam Baker – Cal St. Chico – Sr. – P – Reno, Nevada
Apr. 4 – Samatha Lipperd – Sonoma St. – Jr. – P – Boulder Creek, Calif.
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.