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Jablonski, White Score Louisville Slugger/NFCA DIII National Player, Pitcher of Week
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Jo Jablonski of Wisconsin-Whitewater and Bridgewater State’s Amber White have been selected as the Louisville Slugger/National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Division III National Player and Pitcher of the Week, respectively.
Jablonski, a junior third baseman for the (20-5) Warhawks, batted .739 (17-of-23) with a double, three homers, five runs batted in and nine runs scored during an 8-2 week for her school. She also drew five walks (two intentional), while compiling a 1.174 slugging percentage and .759 on-base average.
The Palatine, Ill., native collected six leadoff hits during the week. Jablonski’s double to center to start the seventh in the second game of a doubleheader sweep of Wisconsin-Platteville ignited a six-run inning. And her homer during the fourth inning of the nightcap against the University of Chicago started another six-run surge, en route to a 9-6 win over a team which is ranked 21st in this week’s NFCA Division III Top 25 Poll.
White, a senior right-hander for the (19-9) Bears, was personally 3-0 with a save in a 5-1 week for her school. She recorded 23 strikeouts and walked just one while allowing no earned runs over 20 innings of work, which included three shutouts.
The Middleboro, Mass., native extended her scoreless streak to 31.2 innings, thanks to nine strikeouts in a three-hitter against Clark and eight strikeouts in a two-hit shutout of Babson. White fanned six in a two-hitter against Salem State and tossed two-thirds of an inning of relief in the second game of that twinbill, getting a double play fly out to escape a bases-loaded jam.
Other Selected Top Performances
Wisconsin-Eau Claire junior catcher Casey Arnold hit .474 (9-of-19) with two homers and four RBI for the week. She recorded 27 putouts and five assists on defense with no errors and went 7-for-12 in the Blugolds’ four games against ranked teams. … New Jersey City senior catcher Marissa Bariso was 8-for-10 (.800) with two doubles, two homers, three runs, three RBI and two walks. She reached base in two-thirds of her plate appearances. … Texas-Tyler sophomore pitcher Kelsie Batten went 2-0 for the week with one hit allowed, five strikeouts and two walks over nine innings in a pair of shutouts of Concordia (Texas). She tossed a five-inning no-hitter in the first game. … Marywood junior center fielder Diana Butash batted .600 (12-of-20) with 11 runs, two doubles, three homers, three walks and eight RBI in a 4-2 week for the Pacers. All three homers came in the first game of a doubleheader with Immaculata. … Western Connecticut State senior second baseman Jessica Caturano was 9-for-16 (.562) with two homers, five RBI and four steals in four attempts. She had two hits in four of five games and the homers were the first two of her career. … Western Connecticut State sophomore pitcher Emily Cintorino was 3-0 for the week with a 1.10 ERA, eight strikeouts, 16 hits and three walks over 19 innings. She pitched a three-hitter against New Paltz State. … Salisbury sophomore shortstop Kim Dorsey hit .579 (11-of-19) with 11 runs, a double, triple, three homers and nine RBI in a 6-0 week for the Sea Gulls. She homered in each game of a doubleheader against Mary Washington and in the nightcap of a twinbill with Frostburg State. Dorsey compiled a 1.211 slugging percentage and .636 on-base average while going 16-for-16 on fielding chances. … Immaculata senior pitcher Meagan Fitzgerald went 4-0 with four complete games, a 0.25 ERA, 13 hits, five runs (one earned), five walks and 27 strikeouts in 28 innings. She tossed two-hitters against Marywood and Baptist Bible, had a three-hitter against Gwynedd Mercy and a season-high nine strikeouts versus Cairn. … Tufts senior pitcher Lauren Giglio had two shutouts in a 4-0 week personally with a 0.50 ERA, 34 strikeouts and two earned runs over 28 innings. She pitched a pair of three-hitters against Trinity (Conn.), fanning eight batters in one and seven in the other, and collected 10 strikeouts in a two-hitter of Rhode Island College. … Williams senior center fielder Ali Graebner was 11-for-18 (.611) with two doubles, a triple, seven RBI and three steals in three attempts in a 4-1 week for the Ephs. She went 3-for-4 in both games of doubleheader with Southern Vermont and was a combined 5-for-10 in a three-game series with Amherst. Graebner threw out the tying run at the plate in the third game with Amherst and had two outfield assists, seven putouts and no errors defensively. … Virginia Wesleyan senior outfielder Tori Higginbotham batted .600 (12-of-20) with 11 runs, three doubles, a grand slam, 10 RBI and 10 stolen bases in a 6-0 week for the Marlins. … Salisbury junior pitcher Rachel Johnson was 3-0 for the week with two perfect games to give her a Division III-record five solo no-hitters for the season. She struck out 11 of 15 batters in a five-inning win over Wesley and fanned 10 in a five-inning perfecto versus Mary Washington. Johnson allowed her first baserunner in 12.1 innings in a win over Frostburg State and struck out 28 batters in 17 innings for the week. … Virginia Wesleyan junior pitcher Kristina Karagiorgis went 4-0 with a save, 0.33 ERA, 21 strikeouts and 11 hits and two runs allowed over 21 innings in a 6-0 week for the Marlins. … Bethel (Minn.) sophomore catcher Caroline Kivisto was 9-for-17 (.529) with two doubles, four homers, five walks and 11 RBI in a 4-2 week for the Royals. She went 4-for-4 with three homers, four runs and eight RBI in a 14-5 win over St. Catherine and was 2-for-3 with a fourth homer and three more RBI in the second game the same day. She compiled a 1.350 slugging percentage and .636 on-base average. … Wisconsin-Oshkosh junior catcher Katie Koepsel hit .750 (6-of-8) with two doubles, four homers, five runs, six RBI and a 2.500 slugging percentage for two games. She tied the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference record with three homers — in three straight at bats — and set a conference mark with 14 total bases (including a double) in the second game of a twinbill against Wisconsin-Platteville. … Luther sophomore utility player Miranda McCay was 13-for-27 (.481) with a double, five homers, five walks and 15 RBI. She combined to go 5-for-14 (.357) in four games against ranked teams and has reached base in all 27 games this season. … Texas-Tyler sophomore first baseman Jackie Mendez batted .444 (4-of-9) with three homers and 11 RBI in a three-game sweep of Concordia (Texas). She homered in each game of the series and compiled a 1.444 slugging mark. … East Texas Baptist senior pitcher Shelby Parker was 2-0 for the week, striking out 10 of the 13 batters she faced over four innings in an 8-0 win over Ozarks and recording eight more strikeouts over the first four innings and earning the win in a combined perfect game with Shelby Phillips in the final game of the three-game series. She fanned 18 of 25 batters for the week. … East Texas Baptist freshman designated player Jayme Perez was 6-for-8 (.750) with a double, a homer off the light tower in left field and five RBI in a 3-0 series sweep of University of the Ozarks. She had two hits in all three games, posted a 1.250 slugging percentage and a .778 on-base average. … Rochester freshman pitcher Eleni Wechsler went 3-0 with a save, 0.00 ERA, 19 strikeouts, 10 hits, one unearned run and three walks over 20.2 innings. She tossed a five-inning no-hitter against Skidmore and had a career-high eight strikeouts in a three-hitter versus Clarkson.
The Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division III National Player and Pitcher of the Week are selected by eight NCAA Division III head coaches representing the eight NCAA regions.
2014 Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division III National Player of the Week
Feb. 26 — Ashley Garcia, Linfield College, Sr., 3B, Beaverton, Ore.
March 5 — Maggie Ingell, Washington (Mo.) University, Sr., OF, Winnetka, Ill.
March 12 — Hannah Sendel, Emory University, So., DP, Greenwood Village, Colo.
March 19 — Jessie Richardson, Coast Guard Academy, Jr., C, Kent., Wash.
March 26 — Hanna Contreras, Concordia (Texas) University, Fr., IF, Austin, Texas
April 2 — Megan Light, Emory University, Sr., 1B, Atlanta, Ga.
April 9 — Brenna Walek, University of St. Thomas, So., DP, Maple Grove, Minn.
April 16 — Jo Jablonski, Wisconsin-Whitewater, Jr., 3B, Palatine, Ill.
2014 Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division III National Pitcher of the Week
Feb. 26 — Rebekah Ragsdale, Mary Hardin-Baylor, Sr., P, Orange, Texas
March 5 — Shelby Parker, East Texas Baptist, Sr., P, Brazoria, Texas
March 12 — Rachel Johnson, Salisbury University, Jr., P, Preston, Md.
March 19 — Alex Hill, Montclair State, Sr. P, Parsippany, N.J.
March 26 —Hayley Schultz, Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, Jr., P, Los Angeles
April 2 — Emily Hardaway, Hardin-Simmons, Fr., P, Midland, Texas
April 9 — Rachel Johnson, Salisbury University, Jr., P, Preston, Md.
April 16 — Amber White, Bridgewater State, Sr., P, Middleboro, Mass.