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Southern Arkansas’ Miller, Wingate’s Houser Receive Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division II National Accolades

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Shelby Miller of Southern Arkansas and Stacey Houser of Wingate have been chosen as the Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division II National Player and Pitcher of the Week for April 2nd, respectively.

Miller powered the Lady Mulerider offense last week by hitting .684 overall (13-for-19) with seven extra-base hits, including three HR’s, and 12 RBIs over six contests. The reigning Great American Conference Co-Player of the Week did the majority of her damage over four games against league-leading Southeastern Oklahoma State, going 10-of-13 against the Savage Storm with four HR’s and 11 RBIs. The freshman pitcher/infielder from Brazoria, Texas, started her week by going 3-for-6 overall with two doubles and an RBI during a mid-week doubleheader against Arkansas-Monticello before truly catching fire at the plate against SEOSU. For the year Miller tops the squad in batting average at .451 to go along with 29 runs scored, 18 extra-base hits, including eight HR’s, six stolen bases and 26 RBIs. 

“I am very happy and honored to receive this award, at the same time as a team we have a lot of games left to be played, and I want to remain hungry to get better,” Miller said. “I think this makes a statement to the teams, and players on other teams in our conference that we are committed to taking the program to new heights.” 

“We are very excited and proud of Shelby for earning this award,” Southern Arkansas head coach Corey Lyon said. “Shelby is the first player in my three years here at SAU to earn NFCA National Player of the Week. She simply carried us last weekend against a very good team, on the road in a hostile environment. Shelby is one of those special players that only comes along once in a great while. She is a very hard worker, coachable, holds herself accountable and is incredibly humble around her teammates. She is the kind of player that every coach wants to build their program around.”

Recently named the South Atlantic Conference Pitcher of the Week, Houser registered a perfect 3-0 record from the circle last week with a 0.71 ERA and 11 strikeouts over 19.2 innings as Wingate swept a doubleheader from No. 14 Lenoir-Rhyne and split two games against Anderson. The Mooresville, N.C., product highlighted her impressive efforts by winning both games of the March 27 DH against the nationally ranked Bears, scattering four hits and permitting one run during a 2-1 opening victory before providing 5.2 innings of relief (five hits, one earned run, one K) in the finale as Wingate prevailed 8-6. Back in the circle against Anderson on March 30, Houser twirled a complete-game shutout, allowing three hits and striking out six in leading the Bulldogs to a 1-0 win. She currently leads her team in virtually every pitching category including victories (18-5 record), ERA (1.68), solo shutouts (six), strikeouts (81) and innings pitched (150).

“I am completely humbled by this award and could not have done this without the support of my teammates and coaches,” Houser said. “I am excited about the success we have had, and we will continue to take one game at a time. Again, I am grateful and honored by this award.”

“I am excited beyond belief for Stacey being named national pitcher of the week!” Wingate head coach Lani Shaffer said. “She is one of the most hard-working, dedicated and committed players on this team who will do anything for her teammates. This success would not have happened without the guidance and support of my pitching coach Lana Vaughn. Coach Vaughn goes above and beyond in helping her pitching staff understand the game mentally and physically, and it truly shows in this deserving honor of Stacey Houser.”

  

Other Selected Top Performances

Erika Goodwin of Indianapolis was perfect at the plate (10-for-10) against Lewis and UW Parkside with three walks, three steals and three RBIs…Peach Belt Conference Pitcher of the Week, North Georgia’s Courtney Poole was a perfect 3-0 from the circle with a save, a 0.35 ERA and 16 strikeouts over 20 innings of work…Minnesota State Mankato’s Lindsay Erickson was tabbed as the NSIC Player of the Week after hitting at a .563 clip (9-for-16) with five extra-base hits, including three HR’s, and 13 RBIs…Northwestern Oklahoma State’s Shelby Anderson earned Great American Conference Co-Player of the Week honors after batting .737 (14-for-19) with a pair of HR’s and seven RBIs versus Southwestern Oklahoma State and Harding…Tampa’s Kayla Cox was chosen as the Sunshine State Conference Pitcher of the Week after posting a 3-0 mark with a 0.33 ERA and 33 strikeouts over 21 innings…Azusa Pacific’s Nicki Sprague, the PacWest Conference Player of the Week, batted .550 (11-for-20) with 10 runs scored and 10 RBIs as nine of those 11 hits came in a four-game sweep of Chaminade…Bellarmine’s Ally Foster picked up Great Lakes Valley Conference Pitcher of the Week after earning two wins and two saves last week while posting a 0.49 ERA and 19 K’s over 14.1 frames…Cal State East Bay’s Emily Perlich tossed the first CSUEB no-hitter since 1998 as part of her two-win week with 12 strikeouts on the way to CCAA Pitcher of the Week accolades…Lone Star Conference Hitter of the Week Morgan Spearman of Angelo State became the first player in ASU history to ever hit for the cycle while batting .636 with 10 runs scored, two triples and five RBIs…Rockhurst’s Alex Jacobson hit .435 (10-for-23) with four HR’s and 11 RBIs over six match-ups to reap GLVC Player of the Week honors…East Central’s Sydney Dow, the GAC Pitcher of the Week, was 3-0 from the circle with 21 strikeouts over 18 innings and limited the opposition to a .169 batting average…By posting a 3-0 record with a 0.47 ERA and 36 K’s over 15 frames, Minnesota State’s Coley Ries earned the NSIC Pitcher of the Week award…Western Washington’s Kaleigh Keating, the GNAC Player of the Week, registered eight hits, including the game-winning walk-off single during the ninth frame of a 4-3 victory over archrival Central Washington…Davis & Elkins College’s Katelyn Norton batted .667 with five runs scored, two HR’s and 10 RBIs over four games to reap GMAC Player of the Week…CIAA Player of the Week, Johnson C. Smith’s Morgan Hasty, hit .625 (10-for-16) with nine tallies, six extra-base hits and nine RBIs…Bridgeport’s Tiffany Irrera picked up East Coast Conference Pitcher of the Week after figuring in all five of her team’s victories with four saves and a win over 11.2 innings of work.

 

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.

April 2 – Shelby Miller – Southern Arkansas – Fr. – P/IF – Brazoria, Texas

 

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.

April 2 – Stacey Houser – Wingate – So. – P – Mooresville, N.C.