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Midwestern State’s Vandewater & Wayne State’s (MI) Butler Nab Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division II Awards

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Katy Vandewater of Midwestern State and Lyndsay Butler of Wayne State (MI) have been selected as the Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division II National Player and Pitcher of the Week for April 30th, respectively. 

The reigning Lone Star Conference Hitter of the Week, Vandewater batted an impressive .889 (8-for-9) overall with four runs scored, three doubles, three HR’s and 12 RBIs during a commanding three-game league sweep of Tarleton State. The junior shortstop christened the weekend by going a combined 5-for-6 with three doubles, a HR and seven RBIs during a doubleheader sweep of the TexAnns (Fri., April 25). The Arlington, Texas, product wrapped up her outstanding performance on April 26 by tallying a 3-for-3 effort with two runs scored, two HR’s and five RBIs as the Mustangs completed the sweep, 8-1. For the season Vandewater is currently hitting at a .363 clip with 32 runs scored, 10 doubles, 13 HR’s and a squad-high 50 RBIs. 

“It is an honor to receive national recognition, especially after performing so well as a team last weekend,” Vandewater said. “We're hoping to build off of this momentum heading into postseason play.” 

“She (Katy) has grown as a player,” Midwestern State head coach Brady Tigert said. “I am very excited to work with her again next year. She has so much fun out there, and the success that she is having is great to see.”

The first repeat selection as the Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division II National Pitcher of the Week of the 2014 campaign, Butler was truly at the top of her game last week from both the circle and at the plate by registering a perfect 4-0 record with a 0.00 ERA, a save, two no-hitters and 43 strikeouts over just 27.2 innings of work while hitting .462 (12-for-26) with seven runs scored, five doubles, a HR and nine RBIs. The current GLIAC Pitcher of the Week topped Ferris State during her initial start of the week on Tues., April 22, permitting just two hits over six innings with six strikeouts in an 11-3 triumph. The next day the redshirt freshman struck out 13 while no-hitting Lake Erie over six frames as WSU prevailed 8-0. Her pitching dominance carried over to the weekend as the Cambridge, Ontario, Canada, native three-hit Lake Superior and K’ed 11 during a 2-0 win and no-hit Northwood (MI) over six innings with eight strikeouts to wrap up the week via an 8-0 victory. Thus far in 2014 Butler is 18-4 overall with a miniscule 0.65 ERA and 226 strikeouts over 151.2 innings, while also hitting .364 with 14 extra-base hits and 23 RBIs. 

"Lyndsay had an outstanding performance last week with two no-hitters," said Wayne State (MI) head coach Gary Bryce, who is in his 33rd season leading the Warriors. "She has had a terrific season making NFCA National Pitcher of the Week right from the get go, and to make it again at the end of the year is a testament to her pitching. Because of Lyndsay and Briana Lee we are second in the nation in ERA."


Other Selected Top Performances

Southern New Hampshire’s Ali Maloof was a perfect 6-0 last week with a perfect game, a no-hitter and 43 strikeouts over 41.1 innings on the way to earning Northeast-10 Pitcher of the Week…Taylor Russell of Indianapolis, the GLVC Player of the Week, batted .476 with 14 RBIs and posted a pair of game-winning hits…Abby Child of Anderson (SC) was chosen as the South Atlantic Conference Tournament’s Most Valuable Player after going 7-for-12 at the plate with three HR’s and eight RBIs on the way to winning the event title…Arkansas Tech’s Whitney Robinson was chosen as the Great American Conference’s Player of the Week after going 12-for-17 at the dish from her leadoff spot in the lineup with two HR’s, five steals and 13 runs scored…GLVC Pitcher of the Week, Kindra Henze of Truman State, went 3-0 in four appearances with wins over Quincy, Maryville and No. 4 UMSL…Emily Cava of Wayne State (MI) batted .600 (18-for-20) with 12 runs scored, four doubles and nine RBIs to reap GLIAC Player of the Week accolades…Molloy’s Dayna White was selected as the East Coast Conference Player of the Week after posting a .425 average (17-for-40) with seven runs, four HR’s and 22 RBIs over 12 games…PacWest Conference Player of the Week, Courtney Sherwin of Dixie State, hit at a .692 clip (9-for-13) with seven tallies and eight RBIs…Carlie Sexton of Regis (Colo.) batted .462 (6-for-13) over four contests with a double, a HR, three walks and eight RBIs…Mercy’s Jordyn Moquin was tabbed as the ECC Co-Rookie of the Week after batting .474 (9-for-19) with 14 RBIs…Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Week, Kylee Polsley of Chadron State, registered three wins last week, striking out 14 over 16 innings with a 0.88 ERA…Cal State Monterey Bay’s Cori Reinhardt was named the California Collegiate Athletic Association Pitcher of the Week after snagging three wins last week against Cal State San Bernardino to help the Otters clinch their third CCAA title…Georgian Court’s Taylor McDonough batted .412 with four HR’s and 15 RBIs on the way to reaping CACC Co-Player of the Week honors…Mountain East Conference Player of the Week, Carly Mundie of Fairmont State, hit .409 over six games with three HR’s and 11 RBIs…Haley Kinnison of Missouri Southern State, the MIAA/Astroturf Pitcher of the Week, was 3-0 with three complete games, two shutouts and a 0.43 ERA while striking out 16…Oklahoma Christian’s Shea Coats earned Heartland Conference Pitcher of the Week after picking up two wins and a save over Texas A&M International.


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.

April 23 – Julie Pena – Humboldt State – R-So. – 3B – San Diego, Calif.

April 30 – Katy Vandewater – Midwestern State – Jr. – SS – Arlington, Texas


2014 Louisville Slugger Division II National Pitcher of the Week 

Feb. 19 – Lyndsay Butler – Wayne State (MI) – R-Fr. – P/RF – 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.

April 23 – Ashley Walker – Winona State – Jr. – OF/P – Shakopee, Minn.

April 30 – Lyndsay Butler – Wayne State (MI) – R-Fr. – P/RF – Cambridge, Ontario, Canada