St. Thomas's Maria Bye has been named the NFCA Division III Player of the Week, the association announced Wednesday.

Bye was also named the Division III Leadoff Classic Most Outstanding Player after going 4-1 on the rubber and leading the Tommies to a championship in the 24-team tournament. 

Bye led St. Thomas to a championship game appearance with 15 strikeouts and no earned runs in a 3-2 semifinal win over No. 2 Louisiana College. She put the championship game out of reach when she stroked a six-inning three-run shot versus Willamette. 

For the week, opponents batted .100 against her in four wins, improving her career pitching record to 41-5 with a 1.01 ERA.

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