LOUISVILLE, Ky. – A monster week at the plate and a dominant outing in the circle earnedFranklin Pierce’s Erin Wood and Minnesota State’s Coley Ries Louisville/Slugger NFCA Division II National Player and Pitcher of the Week honors for games played April 11-17, announced the association on Wednesday afternoon.

Wood was a run-producing machine last week for Franklin Pierce. The senior infielder drove in 16 runs and scored seven more thanks to four doubles and five home runs over an eight-game stretch. Wood hit .571 (16-for 28) with six multiple-hit contests, slugged 1.250 and struck out just once in 29 plate appearances.

Knocking in at least one run each contest, Wood’s, biggest production came in game one of a doubleheader at Saint Anselm in which she went 4-for-4 with a pair of homers, four RBI and three runs scored. She doubled twice and registered three RBI in game two against Saint Michaels and also knocked in three with a long ball in game two of a four-game series at Merrimack. In that series alone, Wood left the yard three times.

Ries had a game to remember that propelled her into the Minnesota State annals. Locked in a pitcher’s duel at Winona State, the Eagle Lake, Minn. native struck out 24 batters in a one-hit 10-inning shutout of the Warriors on April 12. In her gem of a performance, Ries, who carried a no-hitter into the seventh, recorded a program record in punchouts and the fourth highest total in Division II history.

“It feels awesome to be nationally recognized and I couldn’t have done it without my teammates, because personal accolades come from team success,” said Ries. “It’s been a really fun season and we hope it continues.”

Not to overshadow the rest of her week, Ries posted shutout outings in wins over Minot State and University of Mary. In the latter contest, she struck out nine. For the week, the junior hurler walked three and held her opponents to a .083 batting average.

“It’s a great honor for Coley and for Minnesota State,” Meyer said.  “This is the first time one of our pitchers has received National Pitcher of the Week honors from the NFCA. I’ve seen a lot of softball games in my career, but her performance against Winona State (April 12) was one of the top pitching performances that I have witnessed.”

“Coley is a fierce competitor and student of the game and is one of the team leaders that is helping us achieve our goals this season. She is also a very unselfish teammate who places team accomplishments ahead of her own.”

Player of the Week
April 20 – Erin King (Franklin Pierce)
April 13 – Marisa Monasseri (Caldwell)
April 6 – Hanna Holland (Humboldt State)
March 30 – Emily Benson (Western Washington)
March 23 – Ashlyn White (Henderson State)
March 16 – Sydney Wellman (St. Mary’s)
March 9 – Taylor Zimmerman (Washburn)
March 2 – Shayne Starkey (West Texas A&M)
Feb. 24 – Cheyanne Head (Barry)
Feb. 17 – Hannah Michel (St. Mary’s)
Feb. 10 – Darian Harris (Southern Arkansas)

Pitcher of the Week
April 20 – Coley Ries (Minnesota State)
April 13 – Jalissa Gum (Arkansas Tech)
April 6 – Haley Fagan (Trevecca Nazarene)
March 30 – Chelsea McManaway (Findlay)
March 23 – Courtney Poole (North Georgia)
March 16 – Bekah Slattery (Lock Haven)
March 9 – Hannah Perryman (UMSL)
March 2 – Morgan Foley (Indianapolis)
Feb. 24 – Carley Tysinger (Catawba)
Feb. 17 – Hannah Perryman (UMSL)
Feb. 10 – Kaylee Garner (Southern Arkansas)

Selected Top Performances
Azusa Pacific’s Nicki Sprague – PacWest Player of the Week - .632 (12-for-19), 2B, 2 HR, 5 R, 14 RBI, 3 BB, 0 K, 2 SB… Catawba’s Carley Tysinger – SAC Pitcher of the Week - 4-0, 4 CG, SHO, 1.04 ERA, 48 K, 26 IP… New Haven’s Nicole King – NE-10 Pitcher of the Week - 3-1, 0.76 ERA, 4 CG, 2 SHO, 37 K, 27.2 IP 13 H; wins over No. 19 Caldwell (one-hit SHO) and RV Adelphi…Texas A&M University–Kingsville's Roxy Chapa – Lone Star Player of the Week - .650, HR, 11 RBI, 0 K… Indianapolis’ Jessie Noone – GLVC Player of the Week - .684 (13-for-19), 5 2B, HR, 4 R, 12 RBI, 1.105 SLG… Charleston’s Alli Burdette – Mountain East Player of the Week - 5-0, 0.59 ERA, 36 K, 30.1 IP, 9 H, 4 CG, SHO… Harding’s Peyton Mills – GAC Player of the Week - .478, 8 R, 13 RBI, 2B, 4 HR, 1.043 SLG… Salem International’s Katie Chyrssofos – G-MAC Player of the Week - .360, 6 HR, 13 RBI, 5 R, 9 BB… Gannon’s Olivia Gumbita – PSAC West Pitcher of the Week - 3-0, 0.28 ERA, 20 K, 2 BB, 25 IP, 2 SHO… Lake Superior State's Allison Lipovsky – GLIAC Pitcher of the Week - 2 W, 0.00 ERA, 20 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 18 K, .103 opp BA… Armstrong State’s Macy Colman – Peach Belt Player of the Week - .429, 3 HR, 12 RBI, 1.071 SLG, grand slam… Wayne State’s (Neb.) Emily Chandler – Northern Sun Player of the Week - .444, 4 HR, 13 RBI… West Florida’s Rachel Wright – Gulf South Player of the Week -  .556 (5-for-9), 2 HR, 5 RBI, 5 R vs. No. 21 Delta State… Bloomsburg’s Mallory Tomaschik – PSAC Central Pitcher of the Week… 3-0, 0.41 ERA, 3 CG, 17 IP, 1 R, 11 H, 1 BB, 13 K… Kentucky Wesleyan’s Casey Smith – G-MAC Pitcher of the Week - 3-0, 0 R, 0.00 ERA, 2 SHO, 11 H, 8 K… St. Edward’s Lauren Slatten – Heartland Pitcher of the Week - 3-0, 0 R, 0.00 ERA, 17 K, 14 IP, 2 SHO.

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