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NW Okla. State’s Thorstenson & Central Oklahoma’s Schrock Earn Louisville Slugger/NFCA DII Honors
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Lindsay Thorstenson of Northwestern Oklahoma State and Kalynn Schrock of Central Oklahoma have been selected as the Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division II National Player and Pitcher of the Week for April 16th, respectively.
Thorstenson, the reigning Great American Conference Player of the Week, powered Northwestern Oklahoma State at the plate last week by batting .652 (15-for-23) with 13 runs scored, six HR’s, including an NCAA Division II record-tying four round-trippers in a single game, and nine RBIs while slugging at a 1.565 clip. The junior outfielder opened her week by combining for a 3-for-6 effort with a double and three tallies in a doubleheader split against Southwestern Oklahoma State before truly catching fire by going 12-for-17 over a four-game series against GAC-leading Southeastern Oklahoma State. The San Diego, Calif., native truly made her impression felt at the plate during a DH sweep of SEOSU on April 12, going 4-for-4 in the opener with the NCAA DII record-equaling four HR’s and five RBIs before contributing a school-record-tying 5-for-5 effort in the nightcap with three tallies, a double, a HR and three RBIs. Thorstenson is currently hitting at a .380 clip with a team-leading 54 runs scored and 16 doubles to go along with 16 HR’s and 41 RBIs. She also has an active streak of hits in 10 consecutive at-bats going which ties for the 16th longest such skein in NCAA Division II history.
“I’m in shock right now,” Thorstenson said. “I honestly just saw the ball really well and was up there taking hacks, and sure enough it went over every time. This was the best week to come out hitting and play really well as a team both offensively and defensively.”
“Obviously Lindsay was seeing the ball really well at the plate,” Northwestern Oklahoma State head coach Jason Anderson said. “She had a career day, and it’s one I’m sure she’ll remember the rest of her life. I think it’s even more impressive that it came against the top team in our conference in a very big series for us. The way she swung the bat was contagious for the entire team.”
Schrock received a nod as the MIAA Pitcher of the Week after putting together a dominant 3-0 week from the circle with a save, a perfect game, a 0.48 ERA and 32 strikeouts over 29 innings while allowing the opposition to hit at just a .106 clip. The Choctaw, Okla., native started her week off by scattering four hits and allowing one earned run to go along with nine K’s during a victory in the opener of a doubleheader against Midwestern State. During the second game of that April 8 DH against MSU, she picked up a save via a no-hit inning of relief work and also blasted a huge grand slam to grant her squad its first lead, erasing what was once a five-run deficit as UCO rallied past the Mustangs, 7-5. Schrock followed up that performance by allowing just three hits and one earned tally over 10 frames in a 3-2 (10 inn.) triumph versus No. 5 Emporia State. Perhaps her finest performance came on Saturday against Washburn as the senior pitcher/first baseman twirled a perfect game, striking out eight over seven innings as UCO won 4-0. For the year Schrock is 20-6 overall with a 1.14 ERA and 208 strikeouts over 166 frames while also batting .314 with 13 RBIs.
“Kalynn has had a great year for us, and she was particularly on her game last week,” Central Oklahoma interim head coach Cody White said. “She’s an intense competitor and was really zoned in.”
Other Selected Top Performances
LIU Post’s Aly Dzierzynski, the East Coast Conference Player of the Week, batted .696 (16-for-23) with two doubles, five HR’s and 14 RBIs, including a 4-for-5 combined effort in a doubleheader against No. 11 Caldwell…GLVC Pitcher of the Week Morgan Foley of Indianapolis went 3-0 last week with a save, a 0.45 ERA and 30 strikeouts over 20 innings of work while registering two victories over No. 6 UMSL…California (Pa.) pitcher Alex Sagl was 5-0 with a save, a 0.93 ERA and 40 K’s over 30 frames to earn PSAC Softball West Pitcher of the Week honors…Armstrong Atlantic’s Alexis Mercer batted .667 and slugged at a 2.111 clip with eight runs scored, eight walks, four HR’s and seven RBIs to reap Peach Belt Conference Player of the Week…Lubbock Christian’s Ashton Bell, the Heartland Conference Hitter of the Week, registered 12 hits, blasted four HR’s and knocked in nine runs while going 2-1 from the circle with 11 K’s…NSIC Player of the Week Jen Dixon of Minot State batted 9-for-17 (.529) with five HR’s and nine RBIs while raising her season batting average by 20 points…Angelo State’s Morgan Spearman, the Lone Star Conference Hitter of the Week, helped the Rambelles to a 4-0 week, including a doubleheader sweep of No. 3 St. Mary’s (TX), by batting .615 with four extra-base hits and seven RBIs…Concord’s Lauren Lewis earned Mountain East Conference Player of the Week after batting .421 with three HR’s and nine RBIs, slugging 1.053 over six contests…Victoria Wink of Adelphi, the Northeast-10 Conference Player of the Week, batted .579 (11-for-19) with 12 runs scored, eight walks, six extra-base hits, including four HR’s, and seven RBIs…Academy of Art’s Taylor Thurman, the PacWest Conference’s Player of the Week, knocked in 12 runs while batting .400 (8-for-20) with four extra-base hits…PSAC Softball West Athlete of the Week Shelby Lia of California (Pa.) hit at a .462 clip with four multi-hit games and 10 total RBIs…Sara Scheffert of Wayne State (MI), the NSIC Pitcher of the Week, went 3-0 with a save, a 0.00 ERA and 23 K’s over 24 innings pitched…GAC Softball Pitcher of the Week Katie Slaughter of Arkansas-Monticello was 3-0 with a 0.30 ERA and 13 strikeouts over 23 frames…RMAC Player of the Week CSU-Pueblo’s Ariel Lopez batted .467 (7-for-15) with six tallies, four HR’s and 12 RBIs…Central Washington’s Maria Gau earned GNAC Co-Pitcher of the Week honors by winning four games, including match-ups with Simon Fraser and Western Oregon, with 16 strikeouts…Azusa Pacific’s Carly Xepoleas, the PacWest Pitcher of the Week, earned four wins on the week with a 0.47 ERA while recording triumphs over Dominican and Academy of Art.
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
April 9 – Tracey Balinskas – Molloy – So. – 3B/P – Edison, N.J.
April 16 – Lindsay Thorstenson – Northwestern Oklahoma State – Jr. – OF – San Diego, Calif.
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.
April 9 – Lindsey Clarkson – Cal State Monterey Bay – So. – P – Fresno, Calif.
April 16 – Kalynn Schrock – Central Oklahoma – Sr. – P/1B – Choctaw, Okla.