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LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Holly Speers of Kent State and UCLA’s Rachel Garcia were named Louisville/Slugger NFCA Division I National Player and Pitcher of the Week, respectively, for games played April 16-22.

Speers powered her way to this week’s honor, recording six extra base hits, including four home runs, and 11 RBI. The senior infielder also doubled twice, scored five times, drew two walks and registered a monstrous 3.151 OPS (2.333 SLG/.818 OBP). Speers hit a pinch-hit grand slam against Pitt and was 3-for-3 with two long balls, three RBI and two runs in game two versus Buffalo. She capped off the Mid-American Conference series with a double, home run and four RBI in a sweep of the Bulls.

Garcia racked up her second straight and third NFCA honor of 2018 after a dominating performance over the weekend against then-No. 1 Washington. The red-shirt sophomore tossed 13 shutout innings and fanned 18 as she went 2-0 with a save, helping the Bruins sweep the Huskies and ascend to No. 1 this week in the USA Today/NFCA Top 25 Coaches Poll. She limited UW to four hits, a .093 batting average and two walks.

In game one, Garcia twirled a three-hit shutout with 10 strikeouts and a walk. She tossed 4 1/3 innings of one-hit relief with six puchouts in the walk-off game-two victory. Garcia slammed the door shut in the finale, retiring the final five batters, including two by strikeout, to earn the save.

Player & Pitcher of the Week
April 24 – Holly Speers, Kent State | Rachel Garcia, UCLA
April 17 – Kayla Wedl, UIC | Rachel Garcia, UCLA
April 10 – Sydney Sherrill, Florida State | Miranda Elish, Oregon
April 3 – Marisa Stankiewicz, Arizona State | Emily Watson, Tulsa
March 27 – Jocelyn Alo, Oklahoma | G Juarez, Arizona State
March 20 – Madison Gott, Columbia | Jacquelyn Sertic, North Dakota State
March 13 – Lexi Rouse, Belmont | Alexis Osorio, Alabama / Carley Hoover, LSU
March 6 – Faith Canfield, Michigan | Gabbie Plain, Washington
Feb. 27 - Rachel Garcia, UCLA | Kelly Barnhill, Florida
Feb. 20 – Tori Vidales, Texas A&M | Kylee Hanson, Florida State
Feb. 13 – Vanessa Shippy, Oklahoma State | Missy Zoch, DePaul

Selected Top Performances
Alexas Romero, Syracuse
– 3-0, 0.70 ERA, 41 K, 7 BB, .063 opp BA; Hayley Norton, Saint Francis (Pa.)- .333, 7 H, 5 HR, 14 RBI, 6 R, 2 SB, 1.048 SLG, .417 OBP; Megan Kleist, Oregon- 2-0, 0.00 ERA, 12 K, 1 BB, SHO v No. 2 Oklahoma; Maddie Westmoreland, Indiana- .636, 7 H, 2 HR, 11 RBI, 3 R, 1.182 SLG, .692 OBP; Jilee Schanda, Boston University- .643, 9 H, 2 2B, 3 3B, 7 RBI, 6 R, 2 SB, 1.214 SLG; Mary Wilson Avant, Georgia- 3-0, 0.39 ERA, 1 R, SHO, 2 CG, 12 K; Morgan Tolle, James Madison- .545, 6 H, 2 HR, 8 RBI, 4 R; Sarah Cornell, Hofstra- 4-0, 3 SHO, 1.31 ERA, 29 K; Megan Dejter, Towson, 3-0, 0.78 ERA, 14 K, 4 H, 18 IP; Tara Trainer, Indiana – 3-1, 0.82 ERA, 2 ER, 21 K, .093 opp BA, 17 IP; Kendyl Scott, Towson- .600, 9 H, 2B, 3B, HR, 9 RBI, 1.000 SLG; Julia DeMartino, Liberty- 3-0, SV, 0.00 ERA, SHO, 23 K, 2 BB, 17.2 IP, .175 opp BA;  Jacquelyn Sertic, North Dakota State- 2-0, 0.00 ERA, 22 K, 3 BB, 7 H, .135 opp BA; Ali DuBois, Boston University- 4-0, 0.88 ERA, 26 K, 4 BB, .141 opp BA; Brielle Pietrafesa, Hofstra- .500, 10 H, 3 2B, 3B, HR, 10 RBI, 7 R, .545 OBP; Gia Rodoni, Baylor- 3-0, 1 R, 21 K, SHO, 20.1 IP, .189 opp BA; Amber Fiser, Minnesota- 3-0, 0.43 ERA, 15 K, 16.1 IP; Amanda Lorenz, Florida- .636, 7 H, 3B, 2 HR, 8 RBI, 7 R; Kiara Oliver, UMass- 2-0, 0.79 ERA, 22 K, 17.2 IP; Maddy Vermejan, Southern Illinois- .556, 3 HR, 10 RBI; Nicole Newman, Drake- 3-0, 3 SHO, 23 K, 1 BB.

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