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LOUISVILLE, Ky. –  Minnesota Duluth’s Jessica Bren and Grand Valley State’s Allison Lipovsky were named the Louisville/Slugger NFCA Division II National Player and Pitcher of the week, respectively. The duo earned the honor for their outstanding play for the week of March 5-11.

Bren was on fire during her squad’s spring break trip to Florida. The freshman catcher hit .667 with 12 hits, a triple, seven home runs, 15 RBI and 11 runs scored. She posted a .684 on-base percentage and slugged 1.944. Bren has reached base safely in every game this season and ranks fourth in the NCAA Division II with 11 long balls.

She hit the go-ahead two-run home run against Missouri-St. Louis and homered twice against Saint Anselm and Georgian Court, knocking in four and collegiate-best five runs, respectively. The Victoria, Minn. native also swiped three bases versus Mercyhurst and scored multiple runs in four of the six games, including three against Georgian Court.

Lipovsky was stellar for the Lakers in her four starts over spring break, which included a 14-strikeout perfect game against Notre Dame (Ohio). She posted a 4-0 mark with a 0.25 ERA, three shutouts and 47 strikeouts to one walk in 28 innings of work. Lipovsky scattered nine hits and allowed just one run as she held her opposition to a .097 batting average.  

In addition to her perfect game, she twirled a two-hit complete against then-No. 14 Southern Indiana with 12 strikeouts. Lipovsky, a junior from Harrison, Mich, also fanned 12 in a four-hit blanking of Illinois-Springfield and nine in a three-hit shutout of Cedarville.

Selected Top Performances

Kellye Springstead, California Baptist- 3-0, 0.00 ERA, 3 SHO, 2 no-hitters, 2 H, 24 K, 6 BB, 15 IP; Megan Cook, Merrimack- 3-0, 0.00 ERA, SV, 3 SHO, 24 K, 1 BB, 11 H, 24 IP; Callie Nunes, Concordia Irvine- 5-0, 2 SV, 0.22 ERA, 50 K, 1 R, 1 ER, 31.2 IP; Suka Van Gurp, West Texas A&M- .800, 12 H, 5 HR, 12 RBI, 1.800 SLG, .824 OBP; Samantha Reilly, Georgian Court- .548, 17 H, 3 HR, 13 RBI, 7 R, 1.032 SLG; Brooke Hodgson, Colorado Mesa- .765, 10 H, 2 2B, 3B, 3 HR, 12 RBI, 12 R, 3 SB, 1.529 SLG, .778 OBP; Areana Ramos, Biola- .476, 10 H, 2 2B, 3 HR, 13 RBI, 6 R;  Theresa Moyle, Central Washington- .700, HR, 7 R, 5 RBI; Jordan Adams, Northwest Nazarene- 2-0, 2 SHO, 7 H, 17 K, 3 BB; Morgan Cannin, Pitt-Johnstown- .500, 14 H, 2B, 8 R, 4 RBI, .533 OBP; Alex Brake, Rogers State- 2-0, 0.82 ERA, 7 H, 2 R, 8 K, .119 opp BA; Hailey Hinson, Colorado Mesa- .833, 10 H, 4 HR, 8 RBI, 8 R; Kenzie Mattey, Colorado Christian- 2-0, SV, 0.54 ERA, 19 K, 10 H, 13 IP; Lauren Castellon, Northwood- .800, 8 H, 8 RBI, 4 R; Amanda James, Saint Leo- .667, 10 H, 5 R, 5 RBI, 5 XBH, .700 OBP, 1.133 SLG; Makaleigh Dooley, Tampa- 5-0, 0.00 ERA, 4 CG, 41 K, 13 H, .107 opp BA; Madison Greenwell, Angelo State- .750, 12 H, 2B, 6 RBI, 5-5 SB, .789 OBP; Jordan Withrow, Tarleston State- 2-0, 1.40 ERA, 18 K, 3 R, .157 opp BA, 15 IP; Kaitlyn Snyder, Molloy- .533, 8 H, 3 2B, 2 HR, 8 R; Vanessa Muro, TexasA&M University-Commerce- .538, 7 H, 3 2B, 9 RBI, 3 R; Faith Otts, Southern Arkansas- .643, 9 H, 3 2B, 2 HR, 5 RBI, 6 R, 1.286 SLG, .688 OBP; Mallory Teunissen, Davenport- 2-0. 0.00 ERA, 11 K, 0 BB, 2 H; Terri Van Dagens, Biola- 3-0, 0.54 ERA, 13 K, .159 opp BA- Haley Gilham, Chico State – 2-0, SV, 1.27 ERA, 2 SHO, no-hitter, 19 K, .169 opp BA; Jenna Weldon, Florida Southern- 3-0, 0.00 ERA, 13 K, 2 BB, 4 H, perfect game vs. Chestnut Hill, .085 opp BA; Megan Guitar, Wayne State University- .455, 6 H, HR (Grand Slam), 6 RBI, 2-0, 6 K, 2.00 ERA; .613, 10 H, 3B, 3 HR, 9 R, 8 RBI, 1.313 SLG; Megan Garst, North Alabama- 3-0, 0.00 EARA, 10 K, 14.1 IP; Jessica Harney, Francis Marion- .400, 5 HR, 11 RBI; Haley Simonds, Newberry- .682, 4 2B, 2 3B, 2 HR, 6 R, 18 RBI; Taylor Plemons, Tusculum- 2-0, SV, 0.93 ERA, 2 SHO; Jessica Onega, Barton- .684, 13 H, 4 2B, HR, 12 RBI; ToniMarie Valeriano, Queens (N.Y.)- .421, 8 H, 5 RBI, no-hitter vs. Saint Michael’s (7 K); Erin Garczynski, Southern New Hampshire- .438, 7 H, 6 RBI, .563 OBP; Savannah Moore, Washburn- .615, 8 H, 2 HR, 12 RBI, 2 R, 1.231 SLG.

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