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Angelo State’s Dunn, Wayne State’s Butler Garner Initial 2014 Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division II National Honors

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Darian Dunn of Angelo State and Lyndsay Butler of Wayne State University (Mich.) have been selected as the initial 2014 Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division II National Player and Pitcher of the Week, respectively.

A sophomore infielder/outfielder for Angelo State, Dunn powered the Rambelle offense last week at the Woodward WT Invitational by hitting .588 (10-of-17) with three home runs and a staggering 16 RBIs. The reigning Lone Star Conference Hitter of the Week also scored eight times, blasted three doubles and slugged at a 1.294 clip as ASU went 4-1 overall. Dunn registered four multi-hit games, including a 2-for-2 effort with a grand slam and five RBIs against Colorado Mesa (received votes in last week’s NFCA poll) and a 3-for-3 performance with two tallies, a double and four RBIs versus Adams State. For the season she is now batting .476 with four doubles and owns team highs in HR’s (six) and RBIs (29). 

“Darian has had a great start to the season,” Angelo State head softball coach Travis Scott said. “Last weekend she didn’t miss anything. Morgan (Spearman) and Micherie (Koria) were on base a lot allowing her to drive in a huge number of runs.”

During Wayne State’s opening weekend at the Charger Chillout, Butler, a redshirt freshman from Cambridge, Ontario, Canada, posted a 3-0 record with two complete games, one shutout, a 0.31 ERA, a save and 31 strikeouts over 22 innings. The Warrior hurler scattered six hits and K’ed 13 in shutting out then-No. 7 Indianapolis (3-0) and allowed just four hits over seven frames during a 2-1 triumph over then-No. 15 North Georgia. She entered a match-up against North Alabama with a 3-2 lead, but forced to deal with a one-out, bases loaded situation and proceeded to retire all eight UNA batters she faced with five strikeouts. Butler also led WSU in batting during the event by hitting at a .421 clip (8-for-19). 

"Coming off a medical redshirt year, she performed greater than our expectations,” Wayne State head coach Gary Bryce said. “Lyndsay demonstrated she is an excellent thrower."

 

Other Selected Top Performances

Arkansas-Monticello’s Beth Johnson recorded five multi-hit efforts at the 8-State Classic while batting .625 (15-for-24) with two HR’s, four triples, two doubles and 10 RBIs on the way to earning GAC Softball Player of the Week accolades…Cameron’s Sonora Zukerman batted .500 (9-for-18) with three HR’s (including two grand slams) and 11 RBIs while hitting safely in all five match-ups…Texas Woman’s Brandie Lander earned Lone Star Conference Pitcher of the Week honors after posting a 5-0 mark with a 0.30 ERA and 20 K’s in 23.2 innings as the Most Valuable Player at the St. Edward’s Softball Invitational…CCAA Pitcher of the Week UC San Diego’s Alexis Edwards was 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA, two shutouts and a .178 batting average against over 13 innings of work against Chico State…Courtney Derus of Colorado School of Mines hit .583 (7-for-12) with two doubles, a triple, a HR and nine RBIs to reap RMAC Player of the Week…Valdosta State’s Courtney Albritton batted .500 (9-for-18) with three HR’s and seven RBIs to earn Gulf South Player of the Week honors…Humboldt State’s Tiffany Hollingsworth batted at a .438 clip (7-for-16) with two two-baggers, a triple, four HR’s and nine RBIs to garner CCAA Player of the Week…GLVC Player of the Week Rachel Scrum of Quincy hit .565 (13-for-23) with three doubles, five runs scored and six RBI while posting at least two hits of six contests…Lynn’s Devin Kochergern posted a .533 average, scored five times, hit two HR’s and doubled three times with nine RBIs to reap Sunshine State Conference Player of the Week…UMSL’s Hannah Perryman, GLVC Pitcher of the Week, was 2-1 (lone loss to then-No. 1 Central Oklahoma) with a 0.36 ERA and 28 K’s in 19.2 frames of work…Northwestern Oklahoma State’s Shelby Anderson batted .667 (12-for-18) with a HR and six RBIs while also going 3-0 from the circle with two shutouts, a 0.00 ERA and 12 K’s over 19 innings…Metro State’s Cassidy Smith was 3-0 in her first three collegiate starts, earning wins against Texas A&M-Kingsville, Tarleton State and then-No. 17 Angelo State.

 

2014 Louisville Slugger Division II National Player of the Week 

Feb. 19 – Darian Dunn – Angelo State – So. – IF/OF – Frisco, Texas

2014 Louisville Slugger Division II National Pitcher of the Week 

Feb. 19 – Lyndsay Butler – Wayne State Univ. – R-Fr. – P – Cambridge, Ontario, Canada