LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Colorado Mesa’s Myah Arrieta & Charleston’s Brianna McCown were named 2023 Division II Louisville Slugger/NFCA Player and Wilson/NFCA Pitcher of the Week, respectively. The duo was recognized for their outstanding performances Feb. 27-March 5.
In a three-game sweep of Adams State, Arrieta hit .769 (10-for-13) with two doubles, two triples, two home runs, 11 runs scored and six RBI. She drew two walks, stole one base, slugged 1.692 and posted a .786 on-base percentage. In a game-two win on March 4, Arrieta matched a program record with five runs scored, while also homering and driving in four runs. She also went 4-for-5, finishing a long ball short of a cycle, with four runs scored in game one of the March 4 doubleheader. Arietta tripled, homered and scored twice in the series finale.
McCown was 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA, posting two shutouts and striking out 23 in 10 innings of work. She tossed a perfect game against Virginia Union with 11 punchouts. McCown followed that with a 12-strikeout, two-hit shutout of Virginia State.
The Division II weekly awards are voted on by the NFCA Division II Top 25 Committee.
Selected Top Performances
Kennedy Clark, Oklahoma Baptist - .875, 2B, 6 RBI, 1.000 SLG, 0 K, .778 OBP; Tatum Goff, UT Tyler – 3-0, 0.37 ERA, 13 K, ER, 10 H, 19 IP, 5 BB; Clara Heislen, Concordia St. Paul - .600, 9 H, 2 2B, 3B, 3 HR, 13 RBI, 1.467 SLG, .642 OBP; Taylor Lipkins, Georgian Court - .500, 10 H, 8 R, 6-6 SB, 2B, 3B, 4 RBI, 0 K; Taryn Peru, Wayne State University - .500, 3B, 2 HR, 5 RBI, 1.300 SLG; Jess Reed, Wilmington - .545, 12 H,5 R, .600 OBP; Katie Proctor, Valdosta State - .545, 6 H, 2 R, 2B, 2 HR,3 RBI, 1.182 SLG, 2 BB, . 615 OBP; Teya Vincent, San Francisco State - .429, 2 HR, 4 RBI, R, 1.286 SLG, 1.00 FLD; Paige Donnelly, Cal State San Marcos - .600, 2 2B, 2 HR, 5 RBI, 5 R, 4 BB, 1.400 SLG, .733 OBP.
Celebrating 40 years in 2023, the NFCA (National Fastpitch Coaches Association) is the professional organization for fastpitch softball coaches. Known for its highly-regarded Louisville Slugger/Player & Wilson/Pitcher of the Week awards, the NFCA also educates and supports softball coaches on a variety of different levels: from webinars to legal counsel, to in-person events and the National Convention.
NFCA Division II Softball Player and Pitcher of the Week