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Northwestern’s Amy Letourneau Selected as the Louisville Slugger/NFCA DI Nat'l Player of the Week

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Continuing a growing trend of players who contribute both at the plate and from the circle, Northwestern sophomore Amy Letourneau has been chosen as the Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division I National Player of the Week for April 2.

The Laguna Niguel, Calif., native and current Big Ten Player of the Week hit .750 (6-for-8) at the dish with three runs scored, three walks, two HR’s, six RBIs, a .818 on-base percentage and a 1.500 slugging percentage.  She also registered a perfect 2-0 record from the circle with her initial career no-hitter (the first for a NU pitcher since 2011), a 1.00 ERA and 16 strikeouts over 14 innings of work in a Big Ten set against Minnesota.

During her no-hit effort in the series opener, Letourneau fired 144 pitches, striking out 11 Gophers while also posting a 2-for-4 performance at the plate. On Saturday the pitcher/first baseman was a perfect 3-for-3 at the dish with a walk, a three-run homer and four RBIs. In the series finale she tossed another complete-game, drew a pair of free passes and crushed a two-run HR.

"This is such an amazing honor to be chosen for this award, especially with all of the great players around the country who have earned it already this season,” Letourneau said. “We had a great week of preparation leading up to last weekend, and it really helped us perform and take the next step as a team. We are playing with such a winning attitude right now both on defense and in the batter's box, and I have been able to feed off of that confidence."

Letourneau currently guides Northwestern from the circle with a 10-7 overall record, a 1.81 ERA, 14 complete games and 152 strikeouts over a team-best 112 innings of work.  At the plate she boasts a .310 batting mark with three doubles, five HR’s and 14 RBIs.

"Amy has had great poise in big moments this season, and that is what it comes down to,” Northwestern head coach Kate Drohan said. “When we have to get an out in the circle or need that two-out RBI base hit, Amy is getting it done. She is really locked in right now."

Next up for the Wildcats is a single home contest versus Loyola on Tues., April 2, before continuing a nine-game home stand by hosting Illinois in a three-game set at Drysdale Field over April 5-7.

 

Other Selected Top Performances

Devon Wallace of Arkansas was named the SEC Player of the Week after hitting .556 (5-for-9) with three HR’s (one a walk-off grand slam) and seven RBIs as Arkansas swept a nationally-ranked opponent (#22 Georgia) for the first time since 2000…Oregon’s Kailee Cuico earned Pac-12 Player of the Week honors after batting .385 (5-for-13) with four runs scored, three HR’s and six RBIs against nationally-ranked Stanford and Washington…Southern Illinois-Edwardsville’s Brittany Toney, the OVC Player of the Week, was a perfect 6-for-6 with two doubles, two HR’s and five RBIs in their series against S.E. Missouri…Bianka Bell of LSU was tabbed as the SEC Freshman of the Week after batting .429 with a pair of multi-hit efforts, two HR’s and 10 RBIs for the Bayou Bengals…Conference USA Hitter of the Week Alex Fieldhouse of East Carolina knocked in nine runs while hitting .417 (7-for-17) with a HR and four doubles…Louisville’s Caralisa Connell was 2-0 with a 0.48 ERA in three appearances against Syracuse with 24 strikeouts in 14.2 innings to earn BIG EAST Pitcher of the Week…SEC Pitcher of the Week Hannah Rogers of Florida turned in a 1.12 ERA with three complete-game wins and a save over 25 innings against Florida State & Ole Miss…Winthrop’s Alex White, the Big South Player of the Week, batted .625 (10-for-16) with a 1.062 slugging percentage and four RBIs versus Charleston Southern and Presbyterian…Dani Pugh of IPFW hit .833 (5-for-6) with a HR, a double and seven RBIs in reaping Summit League Player of the Week…MEAC Pitcher of the Week Vianney Gomez of South Carolina State earned two wins with a 0.00 ERA over 14 frames of effort in a conference series sweep of North Carolina A&T…Portland State’s Anna Bertrand was 3-0 with a 1.26 ERA, a pair of complete games and 17 K’s in 16.2 innings to be chosen Big Sky Pitcher of the Week…Mountain West Pitcher of the Week Rebecca Arbino of San Diego State was 3-0 with a 0.54 ERA in 13 frames to earn the win in all three Aztec games versus New Mexico…Brittany MacFawn of Albany, the America East Pitcher of the Week, fired the second no-hitter of her career and picked up two wins over Hartford…Ashley Simon of Jacksonville received Atlantic Sun Player of the Week honors after batting .688 with 11 hits and nine RBIs over five games for the Dolphins…Fordham’s Michele Daubman was 3-0 with a 0.70 ERA and a pair of complete games with wins over Iona, LaSalle and George Washington in earning Atlantic 10 Pitcher of the Week…USF’s Kourtney Salvarola blasted three HR’s and knocked in eight runs to earn BIG EAST Player of the Week…Eastern Illinois’ Hanna Mennenga, the OVC Pitcher of the Week, picked up three wins with a 0.41 ERA and 21 strikeouts in a sweep of Murray State…MEAC Player of the Week Haley Ward of Norfolk State batted .778 (7-for-9) over three games against Howard and tied the NCAA Division I record of 13 straight hits with her first hit during the second game of the series…Whitney Johnson of North Dakota State was tabbed as a Summit League Pitcher of the Week after going 3-0 with a 0.74 ERA and 28 K’s in 19 innings…Conference USA Pitcher of the Week Leigh Streetman of UAB fired her second no-hitter of the season, leading the Blazer staff with 18 K’s over 10 hitless innings of work.

 

2013 Louisville Slugger Division I National Player of the Week 

Feb. 12 – Keilani Ricketts – Oklahoma – Sr. – P – San Jose, Calif.

Feb. 19 – B.B. Bates – UCLA – Sr. – OF – Victorville, Calif.

Feb. 26 – Kelsey Stevens – Stanford – Fr. – P – Albuquerque, N.M.

March 5 – Katie Keller – Louisville – Jr. – 2B – Livermore, Calif.

March 12 – Ivy Renfroe – Tennessee – Sr. – P – Jackson, Tenn.

March 19 – Sara Driesenga – Michigan – So. – P – Hudsonville, Mich.

March 26 – Geri Ann Glasco – Georgia – Fr. – P/IF – Watkinsville, Ga.

April 2 – Amy Letourneau – Northwestern – So. – P/1B – Laguna Niguel, Calif.