LOUISVILLE, Ky. –Ohio Dominican’s Kelly Mix and Minnesota State’s Mackenzie Ward were named 2019 Louisville/Slugger NFCA Division II National Player and Pitcher of the Week honorees for games played March 18-24. 

Mix played a significant role in her squad’s 8-0 week in Great Midwest Athletic Conference play. The senior from Baltimore, Ohio hit .524 (11-for-21) with three doubles, three home runs and 13 RBI. She scored eight times, slugged 1.095, recorded a .615 on-base percentage and did not strikeout in 27 plate appearances. Mix registered five multi-RBI and four-multi-hit contests which included a 3-for-4 performance with a double, two RBI and two runs scored in game two at Tiffin. The G-Mac Player of the Week homered and drove in three runs against Cedarville and Hillsdale, respectively. Mix also left the yard in game two versus Findlay.

Ward, a native of Clive, Iowa, was lights out in the circle, tossing a no-hitter and helping the Mavericks pick up three wins at the Emporia State Softball Classic. She finished the weekend, 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA and a save. The sophomore righty fanned 24, held her opponents to a .040 batting average (two hits) in 16 innings of work. She no-hit Pittsburg State striking out a career high 14 batters in a 2-0 victory. In her first start, Mix twirled a one-hit shutout against Northeastern State, taking a no-hit bid into the sixth inning. The Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Pitcher of the Week capped the weekend off with a two-inning save in a 2-1 win over the host Hornets.

2019 Honorees
Date - Player / Pitcher
March 27 – Kelly Mix, Ohio Dominican / Mackenzie Ward, Minnesota State
March 20 – Courtney Barnhill, Angelo State / Madyson Barone, Southern New Hampshire
March 13 - Bailey Byers, Malone University / Allison Lipovsky, Grand Valley State
March 6 - Mary Collins, Trevecca Nazarene / Elisa Favela, Southern Arkansas
Feb. 27 - AnneMarie Torres, Colorado Mesa / Callie Nunes, Concordia Irvine
Feb. 20 - Courtney Barnhill, Angelo State / Emily Otto, Texas A&M-Commerce
Feb. 13 - Angelique Elemen, Fort Lewis / Caylie Van Auken, Valdosta State
Feb. 6 - Kaylie Upton, Oklahoma Christian / Victoria Taylor, Southern Arkansas

Selected Top Performances

Kimber Neal, Texas A&M-Commerce-.800, 4 H, 4 HR, 11 RBI, 3.200 SLG, .900 OBP; Katelyn Ellard, Francis Marion- 3-0, 0.00 ERA, 3 SHO, 8 H, 16 K, BB; Jordan Davis, Rollins- 7-for-7, 4 R, 5 SB; Kimbri Herring, Colorado Mesa, 2-0, 0.00 ERA, 2 SHO, 12 K, BB, 10 IP, .118 opp. BA; Chelsea Martinez, UMSL-.615, 8 H, 2B, 2 HR, 6 RBI, 5 R, 1.154 SLG, Alexa Samuel, Colorado Mesa- .525, 2 HR, 7 RBI, 1.375 SLG; Casey Gilbert, King- 4-0, 0.30, 2 R, ER, 4 BB, 15 K, 23.1 IP, .333, 3 RBI 4 R; Aubrey Reep, Wingate- .500, 9 H, 3 2B, 2 HR, 10 RBI, 10 R, 3-0, .071 ERA, 17 K, 19.2 IP; Sydney Long, Ohio Dominican- 4-0, SV, 1.93 ERA, 20 K, 25.1 IP, no-hitter vs. Cedarville; Courtney Coy, Shippensburg- .500, 8 H, 3 2B, grand slam, 9 RBI; Kaylee Hazewski, East Stroudsburg- .600 12 H, 10 R, 9-9 SB; Kendyl Crean, Saint Leo- .667, 4 H, 2B, HR, 8 RBI, 4 R, 1.333 SLG; Saidi Castillo, Texas A&M-Kingsville- 2-0, 0.70 ERA, 18 K, .125 opp. BA, perfect game vs. Eastern New Mexico; Taylor Nichols, Holy Family- .429, 4 HR, 14 RBI, 7 R; Payton LongIllinois Springfield- 2-0, 0.64, SHO ERA, 15 K, .108 opp. BA; Tymber Riley, Arkansas Tech- .636, 7 H, HR, 9 RBI, 5 BB, .765 OBP; Sydney Wader, Southern Arkansas- 3-0, 0.48 ERA, 2 R, ER, BB, 10 K, 8 H; Andrea Morales, Rogers State- 3-0, 1.22 ERA, 9 H, 2 BB, 26 K, .114 opp. BA;  Haley Barnette, Union- .500, 8 H, 4 HR, 8 RBI, 5 BB, .619 OBP; Kylie Kent, Concord- .533, 11 H, 8 R, 11 RBI; Ava Fitzmaruice, New Haven- 4-0, SV, 0.55 ERA, 13 K.

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