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Top Division I Player Performances
Melissa McGie, Third Base, Hawai'i, North Haven, S. Australia.
McGie had an exceptional week for more than one reason. An All-WAC pick at second base last season, McGie also started this year in the middle of the Wahine infield before injuries necessiated a move to third last week. But the change of scenery did not faze McGie, who batted .500 (7-for-14) in leading the Wahine to a 3-1 record during the week. She also handled 10 chances in the field without commiting an error. McGie, the team's leadoff batter, started the week by going 2-for-4, with 2 RBI in a win over nationally-ranked Long Beach State. In the second game of the doubleheader with the 49ers, she went 2-for-3. Back home, McGie keyed the Wahine to a sweep of in-state rival Hawai'i-Hilo by going 2-for-4 in the opener, and 1-for-3,with a double in the nightcap. This year, McGie, who is currently on a five-game hitting streak, is batting .317, with a .519 slugging percentage, and leads Hawai'i in runs scored (16), hits (33) doubles (6), triples (3) and stolen bases (6-for-6).
Jennifer Tripken, Third Base, Penn State, Middletown, NY
Jennifer Tripken led Penn State with a .714 batting average (5-for-7) during the team's 3-0 record last week. The sophomore opened the week with two hits and three RBI in the Lions' 8-1 win over Indiana. In a 16-0 win over the Hoosiers in game two of the doubleheader, she reached base three times (single and two walks) and scored three runs. Tripken closed out the weekend with a 2-for-2 effort in the Lions' 2-0 shutout of Purdue. She also scored and drove in a run against the Boilermakers. For the season, Tripken leads the Lions in four offensive categories. She has a team-best .416 batting average, .584 slugging percentage, 18 RBI and three triples through 29 games.
Lovie Jung, Second Base, Fresno State, Westminster, CA
The No. 3 batter in the lineup, Jung helped the Bulldogs to a 6-0 record, including a 4-0 mark in Western Athletic Conference play, after leading all players in hits, doubles, total bases & slugging pct. and tying for the lead in RBI. She's second in the conference in runs scored. She also collected a sac hit and turned three double plays while robbing each of the three teams played three hits apiece with diving stops up the middle and throwing them out at first. Jung led the Ã”Dogs in WAC play as well after batting .583 (7-for-12) with four runs, two doubles, an RBI, a walk and nine total bases for a .750 slugging percentage. After the first four games against Cal Poly and Portland State, Jung batted .833 (5-for-6) with three runs, two doubles, RBI, a walk and seven total bases for a 1.167 slugging pct. Against Cal Poly, Jung batted .333 (2-for-6) with two runs, a double, three RBI, three total bases and a .500 slugging percentage while turning two double plays. In the nightcap vs. the Mustangs she went 2-for-4 with two runs and hit her eighth double of the year while adding a team-high three RBI. Against Portland State she had a perfect performance in game two, going 4-for-4 with a team high three runs while posting her 10th double and adding an RBI. Against San Jose State she batted .333 (2-6) with a run.
Jennifer Spediacci, pitcher, Washington.
Spediacci went 2-0 in two complete-game appearances over the weekend, maintaining a 0.50 ERA and striking out 21 batters in 14.0 innings. She three-hit No. 12 Oregon State twice, shutting them out on Sunday while striking out 13 and knocked in the game-winning run in UW's 1-0 win. Batters hit just .128 against her.
Ashley Lewis , Pitcher/DP, LSU, Baton Rouge, LA
Lewis went 3-0 for the week against No. 17 Louisiana-Lafayette and No. 19 Mississippi State. Against Louisiana-Lafayette she allowed one hit and gave up no runs in seven innings while striking out five. She allowed Mississippi State four hits and one run in 10 innings and fanned eight Bulldog batters. She also had six assists in the circle. She was a key batter for the Tigers, hitting .500 for the week with two runs, five hits, one double, one home run and six RBI. Lewis had a three-run double in the 10th inning against Mississippi State as a pinch-hitter to secure an 8-4 victory for LSU. Overall, she has a 1.12 ERA and is hitting .306.
Melanie Alkire, Shortstop/Pitcher, Notre Dame, Union City, CA.
Alkire hit .778 in three games last week, going 7-for-9 with three runs scored, two doubles and a team-best five RBI for a 1.000 slugging percentage. In BIG EAST games, she was 5-for-6 (.833) with two runs scored, a double and four RBI. She had the game-winning RBI in first game of the Villanova doubleheader and scored game-winning run in win over Western Michigan. She also recorded a combined shutout and one-hitter on the mound against Villanova (1.2 IP, 0 hits).
Kelly Kretschman, Shortstop/Outfield, Alabama
Kelly hit .571 in the series with Ole Miss. She was a home run shy of hitting for the cycle in Game four, but she did hit a run scoring single in the bottom of the fifth inning to score the winning run and defeat Ole Miss 8-0 in five innings. She was a perfect 3 for 3 in Game 1 of the series and a perfect 4 for 4 in the Game 4. She finished the series with a double, a triple and a homerun while scoring 7 runs and driving in 4 RBI. She walked once while stealing 3 out 3 bases. Her slugging percentage for the series was 1.000 and her on-base percentage was .600. Kelly also threw a runner out at first base from centerfield.
Alicia Smith, Pitcher/Outfield, Hofstra, Katonah, NY
Smith helped Hofstra to a 3-0 week, picking up two wins in the pitching circle with a 0.00 ERA. She threw four innings of two-hit relief while striking out six as Hofstra defeated St. John's 3-1. She then had a dominating performance as Hofstra defeated America East Conference rival Delaware, 2-1. She threw a four-hitter, with the only run scoring on an error in the sixth, and also drove in both Hofstra runs with a 2-3 effort at the plate. The win snapped Delaware's 13-game winning streak and gave the Flying Dutchwomen possession of first place in the league standings. Smith has won her last 10 decisions in the pitching circle, leaving her one shy of the Hofstra school record. She also has a 6-0 record and a.621 batting average in conference games.
Erin Erickson, Third Base, Missouri, Perry, Kansas
Erickson scored the tying run in the tenth inning in Missouri's 7-6 11- inning win over Oklahoma State on Saturday. Her home run and double were also in that game. She had three hits, three runs and three RBI in Missouri's two games against No. 20 Oklahoma State. She also only had one strikeout in three games. For the week, Erickson batted .500 (5-for-10) with a home run, a double and four RBI.
Jana Mower, First Base, University of Louisiana-Lafyaette, Olathe, KS
For the week, Mower hit .350 (7-for-20) with three homers and eight RBI. She went 6-for-9 in a weekend sweep over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, including two home runs in second game of doubleheader Saturday. She was 5-for-7 in Saturday's twin bill with six RBI and four runs scored. She also hit three-run homer in 7-1 win over Ole Miss Tuesday. Mower now has 22 home runs for career, and is currently tied for fourth in Lady Cajun record books.
Brandi Cross, First Base, University of Massachusetts, Diamond Bar, CA
Cross batted .714 (10-for-14) with six RBI, four doubles, and two home runs.
Courtney Blades, Pitcher, Southern Mississippi, Baton Rouge, LA Blades
Blades was 4-0 for the week getting a 2-0 shutout victory over No. 19 Mississippi State, a 9-0 shutout over the South Region's No. 9 team, Florida State, a 2-1 victory over Florida A&M and a 4-1 win over Florida State, helping the Lady Eagles to the championship of the Florida State Tri-Header. For the week, Blades pitched 26.2 innings, allowed just 11 hits, one run, one earned run, walked nine and struck out 44. She had an ERA of 0.26. In her 2-0 win over No. 19 Mississippi State, Blades gave up just three hits and struck out 13 in the seven-inning shutout. In her five-inning, 9-0 win against Florida State, Blades worked five innings, gave up two hits and struck out nine. She came back in the following game against Florida A&M in relief of Felicia Gonzales and worked 7.2 innings in USMÃ•s 2-1 win. Blades struck out 17 in that contest and allowed just four hits. Blades now has 406 strikeouts on the season and is just 92 strikeouts away from becoming the NCAA Division I single season strikeout leader. She is already the NCAA Division I single season strikeout leader when she struck out 497 batters last year. She also needs just 126 strikeouts from becoming the NCAA Division I All-Time Strikeout Queen. Her four victories this week ran her overall record to 30-5.