Anna Bjorlin of Concordia, St. Paul and Megan Leonard of Central Missouri have been named the Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division II National Player and Pitcher of the Week, the NFCA announced on Wednesday. Both student-athletes have been honored for their performances during the week ending April 19, 2009.
Anna Bjorlin had an impressive week at the plate for Concordia University, St. Paul, hitting .773 with 17 hits in 22 at-bats. She had three doubles, a triple and a home run in her streak for a 1.136 slugging percentage and a .783 on-base percentage.
On Sunday against the University of Mary, the Hermantown, Minn., native set a new Concordia single-game hits record, going 5-for-5 with four singles and a three-run home run. She was also perfect at the plate against Upper Iowa, going 4-for-4 with three singles and a double, and a 3-for-3 game against Northern State with two singles, a triple and a walk. After going hitless in the Golden Bears first game of the week, Bjorlin was put out just two additional times through five remaining games. She put up multiple hits in each of the last five games, helping Concordia to a 6-0 league record on the week. She also stole five bases in as many attempts and led the team with nine RBI.
Central Missouri’s Megan Leonard tied the NCAA Division II record for consecutive scoreless innings pitched last week, adding 14 innings to her record 83-2/3 scoreless streak before allowing a leadoff home run on Saturday against Washburn. For the week, Leonard twirled 21.0 innings, striking out 26 while walking two and allowing one run for a 0.33 ERA.
The Prudy, Mo., native was just one out shy of setting a new NCAA Division II record for consecutive scoreless innings. Her bid for the record culminated with a three-hit shutout at Truman State on Wednesday, striking out seven in the 3-0 win. On Friday against Emporia State, Leonard twirled another three-hit shutout, striking out nine with one walk. Despite giving up the leadoff home run on Saturday against Washburn, Leonard was the winning pitcher in the Jennies 5-1 victory, striking out 10 with one walk. She leads the nation with an 0.41 ERA and is second in strikeouts per seven innings at 12.48.