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Valdosta State’s Albritton, Flagler’s Loverich Snag Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division II National Honors
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Courtney Albritton of Valdosta State and Kalyn Loverich of Flagler have been chosen as the Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division II National Player and Pitcher of the Week for March 26th, respectively.
Albritton, the current Gulf South Conference Player of the Week, batted .769 (10-for-13) overall with 10 runs scored, a double, seven HR’s, 13 RBIs, an .813 on-base percentage and a ridiculous 2.462 slugging percentage. The junior utility player from Sycamore, Ga., hit a HR during each of VSU’s five match-ups during the week with her finest effort coming in the opening game of a series against Christian Brothers. During that 15-0 (5 inn.) rout of CBU, she was a perfect 3-for-3 at the dish with four tallies, three HR’s and six RBIs. Overall, Albritton leads Valdosta State in batting average (.424), runs scored (43), hits (48), HR’s (16), slugging percentage (.939) and on-base percentage (.504), while also owning 10 doubles, two triples and 34 RBIs.
“It is such an honor to be selected for this award, but I feel like it should go to my whole team after the week we all had,” Albritton said. “Brianna (Hancock) did an amazing job for us in the circle, and when one of us gets things started, we all just seem to play off of it. Who wouldn’t want to back up such great pitching performances by Bri and Maci (Fletcher)? God chose to give us these talents. It’s our job to make the most of them in His name.”
"It's a great accomplishment for Courtney," Valdosta State head coach Thomas Macera said. "She's a student of the game, she works incredibly hard, and all of that shows in her performance week in and week out. Courtney is a tough out, and the amazing part is, she's probably the most humble player I've ever coached. No matter how she's playing at the moment, she continuously puts in the work, and that's why she is able to consistently perform at such a high level."
Loverich was outstanding from the circle for Flagler over March 17-23, posting a perfect 4-0 mark with a 0.50 ERA and 13 strikeouts over 28 innings. Her major highlight, however, came from twirling a no-hitter during a 2-0 upset of No. 9 North Georgia, marking the first time that UNG had been held without a hit since March 22, 2006. On Saturday the St. Johns, Fla., native became the first Flagler pitcher to start and complete every inning of a doubleheader by tossing all 14 frames (214 total pitches) during a sweep of previously ranked Columbus State. During the opening 6-2 triumph over CSU, Loverich allowed two hits over seven innings, no earned runs and struck out three. She allowed a single earned tally on four hits and K’ed three more in the complete-game finale as Flagler topped Columbus State, 6-1.
“It is truly a blessing to be chosen for this award,” Loverich said. “But it would not have been possible without the support from my teammates, coaches and family.”
“Kalyn has worked really hard to get to this point,” Flagler College head coach Kristen Overton said. “Her teammates have played hard behind her because they have seen the work she’s put in on a daily basis.”
Other Selected Top Performances
Tara Martini of Cameron, the Lone Star Conference Hitter of the Week, batted .433 (13-for-30) with two doubles, a triple, two HR’s and 14 RBIs while also hitting a walk-off HR in a victory over No. 11 Angelo State…GLVC Pitcher of the Week Hannah Perryman of UMSL was 5-0, allowing just two earned runs over 26 innings of work while striking out 50…Aly Dzierzynski of LIU Post, the ECC Player of the Week, led her team to an 8-0 record, hitting .538 (14-for-26) with nine extra-base hits and 16 RBIs…Valdosta State’s Briana Hancock earned Gulf South Pitcher of the Week accolades after posting a 3-0 record with a 0.00 ERA and consecutive no-hitters in wins over Miles and Christian Brothers…CIAA Player of the Week, Liz Hipple of Chowan, batted .591 (13-for-22) with eight tallies, four doubles and 16 RBIs…Cal Baptist’s Krista Mann, the PacWest Conference Newcomer of the Week batted .517 (15-for-29) with two doubles, two triples, nine runs scored and nine RBIs, while also posting a 5-for-8 effort in a doubleheader sweep of No. 6 Humboldt State…Lone Star Conference Co-Pitcher of the Week, Rita Hokianga of No. 1 West Texas A&M, was 2-0 with a pair of complete-game victories over No. 18 Texas Woman’s…Urbana’s Caitlyn Everhart, the Mountain East Conference Player of the Week, hit .434 (10-for-23) with three HR’s and 11 RBIs and also provided the game-winning RBIs against Cedarville and Wheeling Jesuit…Adelphi’s Katie Andrews was honored as the Northeast-10 Pitcher of the Week after posting a 4-0 record with a 0.27 ERA and allowing just a .148 batting average against over 25.2 innings…Minnesota State Mankato’s Samantha Holien, the NSIC Player of the Week, batted .545 (12-for-22) with nine tallies, two doubles, three HR’s and 10 RBIs…UMSL’s Jena Boudreau, the GLVC Player of the Week, batted at a .481 clip (13-for-27) with six doubles, three HR’s and 11 RBIs…Wingate’s Mellena Helms earned SAC Softball Player of the Week by hitting .556 (15-for-27) with eight runs, six extra-base hits and eight RBIs…Queens’ Monique Roberge, the ECC Pitcher of the Week, was 3-0 with a 1.00 ERA and 28 strikeouts over 21 innings, while also blasting a grand slam and knocking in five runs during a “W” over Bloomfield…Regis (Colo.)’ Taylor Wilcox earned RMAC Player of the Week accolades after hitting .727 (8-for-11) over four games against the defending league champs, the Colorado School of Mines…Academy of Art’s Taylor Thurman, the PacWest Conference Player of the Week, batted .563 (9-for-16) with five extra-base hits and 13 RBIs…Missouri Western’s Jackie Bishop earned three wins from the circle last week (0.19 ERA, 45 K’s over 36.1 IP), including big victories over No. 5 Augustana (SD) and No. 20 Winona State, to reap MIAA Pitcher of the Week.
2014 Louisville Slugger Division II National Player of the Week
Feb. 19 – Darian Dunn – Angelo State – So. – IF/OF – Frisco, Texas
Feb. 26 – Jessica Sipe – West Texas A&M – Sr. – 3B – Phoenix, Ariz.
March 5 – Tiffany Brown – Pittsburg State – Sr. – UTIL – Catoosa, Okla.
March 12 – Kala Ratliff – Oklahoma Christian – Sr. – C/3B – Yukon, Okla.
March 19 – Chloe Wolf – North Alabama – Jr. – 1B – Oakville, Mo.
March 26 – Courtney Albritton – Valdosta State – Jr. – UTIL – Sycamore, Ga.
2014 Louisville Slugger Division II National Pitcher of the Week
Feb. 19 – Lyndsay Butler – Wayne State (MI) – R-Fr. – P – Cambridge, Ontario, Canada
Feb. 26 – Rachel Pence – Florida Tech – Fr. – P – Jacksonville, Fla.
March 5 – Carley Tysinger – Catawba – So. – P – Lexington, N.C.
March 12 – India Kornegay – USC Aiken – Sr. – P – Eufaula, Ala.
March 19 – Kindra Henze – Truman State – So. – P – Palmyra, Mo.
March 26 – Kalyn Loverich – Flagler – Sr. – P – St. Johns, Fla.