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Oregon’s Hawkins Tabbed as the Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division I National Player of the Week
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Sophomore pitcher Cheridan Hawkins of Oregon has been selected as the Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division I National Player of the Week for games played over March 24-30.
Hawkins, the current Pacific-12 Conference Pitcher of the Week, guided the Ducks to a series sweep of then-No. 5 Washington by registering a 3-0 mark from the circle to go along with a 0.95 ERA, two complete-game shutouts and 11 strikeouts over 14.2 innings of work. She christened her efforts by throwing 173 total pitches and working all 12 innings of a doubleheader sweep of the Huskies on Sat., March 29. Following five shutout frames, allowing only two hits with six strikeouts during Saturday’s 8-0 (5 inn.) opening triumph, the Anderson, Calif., native immediately returned to the circle in the second game of the DH to scatter six hits over seven innings while K’ing five as Oregon prevailed 4-0. Forced back into action on Sunday in 2.2 frames of relief, the left hander was touched for her first two earned runs of the weekend, but still managed to earn the “W” as the Ducks blasted a walk-off HR during the bottom of the seventh to sweep the high-profile series.
“It’s a very deserving award for Cheridan as she picked up three wins and two shutouts for us against a top-10 team,” Oregon head coach Mike White said. “Cheridan did a great job of mixing pitches and locations, and Alexa Peterson was outstanding behind the plate as well.”
Next up for No. 3 Oregon is a doubleheader against UCSB (April 1) before the arrival of top-ranked UCLA to Eugene, Ore., for a highly anticipated, three-game Pac-12 series over April 4-6.
Selected Top Performances
Tennessee’s Ellen Renfroe, the SEC Pitcher of the Week, won three games during a sweep of No. 4 Florida with a 0.88 ERA and 20 strikeouts over 16 innings of work…Baylor’s Clare Hosack blasted five HR’s and knocked in 10 RBIs to go along with a .417 average over match-ups against Sam Houston State and Texas Tech…Tulsa’s Aimee Creger, the Conference USA Pitcher of the Week, earned three shutout wins, tossed a no-hitter and struck out 42 batters over 18 innings, including a three-game sweep of UTEP…Oklahoma’s Kady Self started the weekend a perfect 7-for-7 at the plate before settling for hitting at a .778 clip (7-for-9) with a double, three HR’s and seven RBIs during the Sooners’ three-game sweep of Iowa State…USC Upstate’s Lexi Shubert, the Atlantic Sun Conference Pitcher of the Week, was 2-0 with a pair of complete game victories and 10 K’s during the Spartans’ important league sweep of Lipscomb…Auburn’s Jade Rhodes hit just .267 for the week but made all of that production count with a pair of grand slams and 10 RBIs as the Tigers won their high-profile SEC series over No. 10 Kentucky…BYU’s McKenna Bull pitched the Cougars to wins over No. 3 Oregon and Idaho State during the past week, tossing 17.1 innings with 20 strikeouts on the way to earning West Coast Conference Pitcher of the Week accolades…Alabama’s Jaclyn Traina was 2-0 with a 1.08 ERA and seven K’s over 13 innings as the Crimson Tide swept a three-game set from SEC rival LSU…Cal Poly’s Sierra Hyland picked up a pair of wins, including twirling a perfect game with 11 strikeouts during a 1-0 victory over Cal State Northridge…College of Charleston’s Hope Klicker, the Colonial Athletic Association Pitcher of the Week, was 3-0 with two complete games against James Madison, a 1.19 ERA and 13 strikeouts over 17.2 innings of work…George Mason’s Brooke Blankenship earned Atlantic-10 Conference Co-Player of the Week by hitting .444 (4-for-9) with three HR’s and 10 RBIs…Western Illinois’ Sammy Marshall, the NCAA batting average leader and Summit League Player of the Week, hit at a .526 (10-for-19) clip with three extra-base hits, including her first career grand slam, three stolen bases and seven RBIs…Tennessee’s Annie Aldrete was named the SEC Freshman of the Week after hitting .571 (4-for-7) with five walks and a pair of three-run HR’s as the Lady Vols swept No. 4 Florida for the first time since 2004…Pittsburgh’s Maggie Sevilla was chosen as the ACC Player of the Week after batting .571 (8-for-14) with three HR’s and nine RBIs…Georgia State’s Kaitlyn Medlam reaped three victories from the circle, posted a 1.22 ERA and struck out 14 over 23 innings of effort…Longwood’s Megan Baltzell batted .583 (7-for-12) with three HR’s and 10 RBIs on the way to earning Big South Conference Player of the Week…Missouri’s Corrin Genovese batted .455 with a double and two HR’s in action against Illinois and No. 13 Georgia…Nebraska’s Hailey Decker was chosen as the Big Ten Player of the Week after batting .600 with a pair of HR’s as the Huskers topped Omaha and won a series against nationally ranked Northwestern.
2014 Louisville Slugger Division I National Player of the Week
Feb. 11 – Griffin Joiner – Kentucky – Jr. – C – Hopkinsville, Ky.
Feb. 18 – Bryana Walker – Washington – Sr. – P – La Quinta, Calif.
Feb. 25 – Anna Miller (Co-) – USC Upstate – Sr. – P – Portland, Ore.
Ally Carda (Co-) – UCLA – Jr. – P/UTIL – Elk Grove, Calif.
March 4 – Lacey Waldrop – Florida State – Jr. – P – Chester, Va.
March 11 – Dallas Escobedo – Arizona State – Sr. – P – Glendale, Ariz.
March 18 – Sydney O’Hara – Syracuse – Fr. – P/OF/1B – Cicero, N.Y.
March 25 – Jaclyn Traina (Co-) – Alabama – Sr. – P/UTIL – Naples, Fla.
Sammy Marshall (Co-) – Western Illinois – Jr. – SS/OF – Naperville, Ill.
April 1 – Cheridan Hawkins – Oregon – So. – P – Anderson, Calif.