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LIU Post’s Weber, Ferris State’s Bowler Garner Louisville Slugger NFCA DII Nat'l Accolades
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Liz Weber of LIU Post and Dana Bowler of Ferris State have been selected as the Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division II National Player and Pitcher of the Week for May 1, respectively.
A junior pitcher/designated player for LIU Post, Weber starred at both the plate and in the circle as the Pioneers posted a perfect 8-0 week, including a pair of solid wins over then-No. 23 Adelphi and Caldwell (received votes in this week’s NFCA poll). The Brightwaters, N.Y., native and reigning East Coast Conference Player of the Week batted .556 (15-for-27) from her lead-off spot in the order, registering two doubles, three walks, three HR’s, nine runs scored and seven RBIs while slugging at a .963 clip and posting a .600 on-base percentage. From the circle Weber was also a perfect 4-0 with 1.35 ERA and 26 strikeouts over 26 innings of work. On the year she boasts a team-best 22-5 record with a 1.92 ERA and 180 K’s over 171.1 innings, while also owning a squad-high .419 batting average to go along with 39 runs scored, 12 doubles, 10 HR’s and 29 RBIs.
Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Week Dana Bowler of Ferris State was incredible from the circle for the Bulldogs. The Lockport, Ill., product recorded a flawless 7-0 mark with a 0.00 ERA, six complete games and five shutouts over 45.1 frames of effort as her squad swept doubleheaders from Saginaw Valley State, Findlay, Hillsdale and Northwood. She currently guides the Bulldog pitching staff with a 20-6 record, a 1.08 ERA, 25 complete games, 12 solo shutouts and 193 strikeouts over 175.1 innings of work while limiting the opposition to a miniscule .185 batting average.
Other Selected Top Performances
Central Oklahoma’s Kacie Edwards batted .538 (7-for-13) with five HR’s and eight RBIs as UCO clinched the outright Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association title…Mount Olive College’s Lauren Smith was 2-0 with a save, a 0.74 ERA and six K’s over 19 innings while being named the MVP of the Conference Carolinas Tournament…Vanessa Bodily of Alderson-Broaddus, the WVIAC Player of the Week, batted .444 (12-for-27) with six HR’s (including a grand slam) and 16 RBIs…Nova Southeastern’s Chelsea Emery was tabbed as the Sunshine State Conference Player of the Week after batting .643 with a pair of runs and eight RBIs…RMAC Player of the Week Colorado Mesa’s Jessica Severinsen hit .600 (6-for-10) with four HR’s and seven RBIs in a four-game sweep of Chadron State…Southwest Minnesota State’s Morgan Peterson, the NSIC Player of the Week, blasted a pair of grand slams, hitting .389 (7-for-18) for the week with six runs, four HR’s and 11 RBIs…Le Moyne’s Fran Kiernan, the Northeast-10 Player of the Week, posted a line of .435/1.000/.552 with three HR’s, four doubles, six walks, six runs and 10 RBIs…Kyndel Shelburn of Pittsburg State earned MIAA Pitcher of the Week accolades after posting a 3-0 record with a 0.88 ERA, one complete game shutout and 24 K’s over 16 frames while helping the Gorillas seal a MIAA Tournament berth…Southeastern Oklahoma State’s Mindy McElroy was tabbed as the GAC Tournament MVP after registering a 3-0 record with a save, a 0.00 ERA and nine K’s over 16 innings…GLIAC Player of the Week Katie Martin of Grand Valley State batted .500 (11-for-22) with a 1.182 slugging mark, four HR’s and 13 RBIs as her team clinched the GLIAC regular-season title…Texas Woman’s Larisa Garcia picked up two victories from the circle against then-No. 5 West Texas A&M to seal the Pioneers’ first Lone Star Conference crown…Pacific West Player of the Week Taylor Thurman of Academy of Art went 10-for-12 at the dish (.833) with three runs scored, three doubles, a HR and seven RBIs…Valdosta State’s Morgan Johnson, the Gulf South Player of the Week, hit .818 (9-for-11) with eight runs scored, three doubles, three HR’s and eight RBIs…Lewis’ Kelly Bowler, the GLVC Pitcher of the Week, was 3-1 with a 0.24 ERA and 27 K’s in 29.1 innings of work while also picking up a victory over No. 1 Indianapolis…New Haven’s Christina Gelardi hit .600 with nine runs scored, six stolen bases and a pair of RBIs, reaching in 15-of-20 plate appearances for the week…USciences’ Erin Summers, the CACC Player of the Week, batted a perfect 1.000 (7-for-7), setting the school record for the most hits in a doubleheader…Stephanie Jimenez of Cal State Dominguez Hills, the CCAA Player of the Week, was a perfect 4-0 with three complete games, a trio of shutouts, a 0.00 ERA and 26 K’s over 25 innings while also tossing her first career no-hitter.
2013 Louisville Slugger Division II National Player of the Week
Feb. 20 – Siarra Gomez – Arkansas Tech – So. – 1B/3B – Fort Worth, Texas
Feb. 27 – Veronica Alred – Rollins – Jr. – UTL – Royal Palm Beach, Fla.
March 6 – Ancia Purdy – Sonoma State – So. – SS – Huntingdon Beach, Calif.
March 13 – Renee Erwin – West Texas A&M – So. – OF – Anna, Texas
March 20 – Cassie Ford – Colorado School of Mines – So. – DP – Ramona, Calif.
March 27 – Katie Hines – Texas Woman’s – Jr. – OF/P – Beaumont, Texas
April 3 – Katelyn Vinson – Midwestern State – Fr. – IF – Southlake, Texas
April 10 – Christina Gelardi – New Haven – Sr. – IF – Derby, Conn.
April 17 – Joslyn Eugenio – St. Martin’s – Sr. – P/1B – Kapolei, Hawai’i
April 24 – Dani Randall – Humboldt State – So. – OF – San Jose, Calif.
May 1 – Liz Weber – LIU Post – Jr. – P/DP – Brightwaters, N.Y.
2013 Louisville Slugger Division II National Pitcher of the Week
Feb. 20 – Jacee Bennett – Southeastern Oklahoma State – So. – P – Colbert, Okla.
Feb. 27 – Hanna Gill – Southern Arkansas – So. – P – Albany, La.
March 6 – Katie Warrington – Wilmington Univ. (Delaware) – Sr. – P – Townsend, Del.
March 13 – Maddie Holub – Fort Hays State – Sr. – P/OF – Hays, Kan.
March 20 – Mandy Greenberg – Minot State – Sr. – P – Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
March 27 – Morgan Foley – Indianapolis – Fr. – P/IF – Louisville, Ky.
April 3 – Alexis Yohe – Barry – Sr. – P/3B – Concord, N.C.
April 10 – Maddie Holub – Fort Hays State – Sr. – P/OF – Hays, Kan.
April 17 – Sarah Debrow – St. Edward’s – So. – P – Willis, Texas
April 24 – Mollie Russell – Columbus State – Sr. – P – Decatur, Ala.
May 1 – Dana Bowler – Ferris State – Sr. – P – Lockport, Ill.