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Perez, Fournier Score Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division III National Player and Pitcher of the Week Honors
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Jayme Perez of East Texas Baptist and Tufts’ Allyson Fournier have been selected as the Louisville Slugger/National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Division III National Player and Pitcher of the Week, respectively.
Perez, a freshman designated player and leadoff hitter for the (39-7) Tigers, was a powerful contributor to her team’s run to the American Southwest Conference (ASC) title game.
The Austin, Texas, native hit five home runs in six ASC Tournament games, including four straight contests. Five of her seven hits on the week were homers and two of the homers went off the scoreboard in left field at Texas-Tyler’s Suddenlink Field. Perez added a .280 average, five runs scored and seven runs batted in to her ledger to earn ASC All-Tournament team recognition. Earlier this week, she was selected as the First Team designated player on the ASC’s All-Conference team.
Fournier, a junior right-hander for the defending national champion (37-3) Jumbos, was 4-0 for the week with a 1.04 ERA to lead her team to the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) championship. She fanned 30 batters in 27 innings, while allowing 15 hits, five walks and four earned runs.
The South Windsor, Conn., native won all three of the Jumbos’ games at the tournament, including taking a no-hitter into the seventh inning in Tufts’ 7-0 victory over Middlebury in its tournament opener last Friday, and she defeated Williams College twice on the Ephs’ home field to claim the crown. Fournier also beat Wheaton (Mass.) in a tournament tuneup last Tuesday, collecting 11 strikeouts while allowing four hits over eight innings.
Other Selected Top Performances
Geneva sophomore right fielder Laura Beck hit .500 (5-of-10) with a triple, homer and three RBI. She went 3-for-3 with a triple, homer and two RBI against Washington & Jefferson in the opening game of the Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC) tournament and later was 2-for-3 in a loss to the Presidents in the second PAC title game. … Tufts senior catcher Jo Clair was 9-for-15 (.600) with four doubles, two homers and nine RBI. She batted .778 (7-of-9) with three doubles, one homer and seven RBI in the NESCAC Tournament and went 3-for-3 with a double, homer and three RBI in the tournament final against Williams. … Rochester junior pitcher Brittany Grage threw the Yellowjackets’ first perfect game at the perfect time, recording nine groundouts and three strikeouts in an 8-0 five-inning win over Rensselaer in the Liberty League tournament. She allowed six hits in a late-inning tournament loss to Union and limited Skidmore to four hits and two runs in a victory. … Geneva sophomore pitcher Samantha Johnson went 2-2 for the week with a 2.25 ERA and four complete games. She pitched a five-hitter in an 1-0 loss to Washington & Jefferson and helped herself at the plate during the week with a .308 average (4-of-13) and four RBI. … Rochester senior first baseman Nina Korn batted .615 (8-of-13) with two doubles, three homers and 13 RBI. She compiled a slugging percentage of 1.462 and an on-base average of .706, while collecting 44 putouts and no errors on defense.
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.
April 23 — Ashtyn Coleman, Wellesley, Fr., C, Scottsdale, Ariz.
April 30 — Tori Higginbotham, Virginia Wesleyan, Sr., OF, Glen Allen, Va.
May 7 — Jayme Perez, East Texas Baptist, Fr., DP, Austin, Texas
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.
April 23 — Makayla Jenkins, Christopher Newport, Fr., P, Gloucester, Va.
April 30 — Hannah Heacox, Gustavus Adolphus, Fr., P, Stillwater, Minn.
May 7 — Allyson Fournier, Tufts, Jr., P, South Windsor, Conn.