LOUISVILLE, Ky.– Renee Erwin of West Texas A&M and Maddie Holub of Fort Hays State have been selected as the Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division II National Player and Pitcher of the Week for March 13, respectively.
A sophomore outfielder for the Lady Buffs and reigning Lone Star Conference Hitter of the Week, Erwin helped her squad to a perfect 5-0 week by hitting .645 overall with three doubles, two triples, three HR’s (including a pair of grand slams) and 17 RBIs, while successfully reaching base via hit in all five contests. In the opener against Northwest Oklahoma State on March 5, the Anna, Texas, native went 3-for-4 with a triple, a grand slam and seven RBIs as West Texas A&M crushed the Lady Rangers, 13-1 (5 inn.). She continued her prolific production into the series against Tarleton State, going 2-for-3 with a HR and three RBIs, 1-for-2 with a grand slam and four RBIs, and 2-for-4 with a double, triple and a RBI in the series’ three contests, respectively.
Senior pitcher/outfielder Holub starred in both the circle and at the plate for the Tigers this past week, going 4-0 with four complete-games, a 0.75 ERA and 46 strikeouts in 28 innings of effort while hitting .464 overall with eight runs scored, three doubles, a triple, five HR’s, a 1.179 slugging percentage and 10 RBIs. The Hays, Kan., native recorded pitching victories over then-No. 11 Tampa (1-0) and No. 24 Winona State (12-2, 6 inn.), while contributing a double and scoring the game’s lone run in the former. She totaled at least 10 K’s during each of her four starts during the week, and at the plate her finest effort was a 4-for-4 performance with a pair of two-run HR’s in the victory over nationally ranked Winona State. Holub also received nods as both the MIAA Player and Pitcher of the Week for her outstanding efforts.
Other Selected Top Performances
Haley Colwell of Texas Woman’s University (.316 average, two HR’s 11 RBIs for the week) became the sixth player in NCAA history and third in DII to hit two grand slams in the same inning on March 4 against Northeastern State…West Alabama’s Sarah Ray was 3-0 with a 1.26 ERA and 10 K’s in 16.2 innings of work on her way to GSC Pitcher of the Week honors…Great Lakes Valley Conference Pitcher of the Week Morgan Foley of Indianapolis was 3-0 with a no-hitter and 35 K’s in 21 innings of work at the Rebel Spring Games…Sonoma State’s Holli Brown hit .700 (7-for-10) with two triples and six RBIs in earning CCAA Player of the Week honors…West Virginia Wesleyan’s Paige Cummings batted .516 (16-for-31) with 11 runs scored, five doubles, three triples, a HR and 16 RBIs over eight contests…Molloy’s Brenda Lee was chosen as the ECC Player of the Week after hitting .526 (10-for-19) with five RBIs, while teammate Megan Butterworth was the ECC Pitcher of the Week by going 2-0 with a pair of shutouts and 23 strikeouts while limiting the opposition to a .111 batting average…Bloomfield’s Angie Yoshizu batted .563 (18-for-32) over nine games with 11 runs scored, six steals, six multi-hit games and 10 RBIs…King College’s Christina Melcher hit .632 (12-for-19) for the week with six tallies…GLIAC Player of the Week Samantha Zaborowski of Northwood batted .520 with nine RBIs, including a 2-for-2 effort with a double, HR and six RBIs during a 7-6 upset of then-No. 1 Valdosta State…Grand Valley State’s Hannah Santora was 6-0 in the circle with six complete games and a 2.44 ERA…Urbana’s Ashley Skinner (.647 avg., three HR’s, 11 RBIs) and Haley Kolmerten (4-0, 0.33 ERA, 40 K’s in 21 innings) earned GMAC Player and Pitcher of the Week accolades, respectively…St. Edwards’ Ally Valdez blasted four HR’s, including two in the same inning, as part of an 8-for-13 (.615) week with nine RBIs…Columbus State’s Casey Googe batted .481 with two HR’s and 10 RBIs…University of Mary’s Allison Brown was named Northern Sun Player of the Week for hitting .467 (14-for-30) with 11 runs scored, five multi-hit efforts and 14 RBIs.
2013 Louisville Slugger Division iI National Player of the Week
Feb. 20 – Siarra Gomez – Arkansas Tech – So. – 1B/3B – Fort Worth, Texas
Feb. 27 – Veronica Alred – Rollins – Jr. – UTL – Royal Palm Beach, Fla.
March 6 – Ancia Purdy – Sonoma State – So. – SS – Huntingdon Beach, Calif.
March 13 – Renee Erwin – West Texas A&M – So. – OF – Anna, Texas
2013 Louisville Slugger Division iI National Pitcher of the Week
Feb. 20 – Jacee Bennett – Southeastern Oklahoma State – So. – P – Colbert, Okla.
Feb. 27 – Hanna Gill – Southern Arkansas – So. – P – Albany, La.
March 6 – Katie Warrington – Wilmington Univ. (Delaware) – Sr. – P – Townsend, Del.
March 13 – Maddie Holub – Fort Hays State – Sr. – P/OF – Hays, Kan.