April 15, 2014

Corvias ECAC Softball Players of the Week (for week ending April 13, 2014)

Division I New England

Player of the Week

Bridget Lemire – University of Massachusetts
Junior, Infield, Worcester, Mass.

Lemire hit .583 for the week (7-for-12) with four home runs, 10 RBI and six runs scored as the Minutewomen posted a record of 3-1. In a Saturday doubleheader against St. Bonaventure, Lemire recorded three home runs, eight RBI and four runs scored. She recorded her first career multi-home run game in game one of the doubleheader.

Pitcher of the Week

Laura Messina – Central Connecticut State University
Junior, Marlton, NJ

Messina posted a 0.82 ERA this week, pitching five complete games including three shutouts. She went 4-1 on the week improving her season record to 17-9. Messina struck out an impressive 50 batters in 34.0 innings, lifting her career total to 638. She posted a career-high 15 strikeouts in CCSU's victory over UMass-Lowell on April 10. Headed into this week's competition, Messina had registered just six shutouts and ranked No. 17 in the nation.

Division I Metro-Upstate

Co-Players of the Week

Gabby Luety – Fordham University
Senior, Catcher, Cortland, NY

Luety batted .450 for the week (9-for-20) with four home runs and 11 RBI over a six game stretch for the Rams. In a Sunday doubleheader against Binghamton, Luety recorded three home runs and eight RBI to go along with four runs scored. For the week she had an on-base percentage of .476 and a slugging percentage of 1.100.

Sydney O’Hara – Syracuse University
Freshman, Outfield, Cicero, NY

O’Hara got the job done both at the plate and in the circle last week, leading Syracuse to a 5-0 record, including a series sweep of Pitt. Against the Panthers, O’Hara hit .750 (8-for-12) and had one home run, seven RBI, four runs and three doubles. On the rubber, the freshman righty from Cicerno, N.Y., finished 2-0 with a save, 15 strikeouts, two complete games – with one being a shutout. In both instances that O’Hara went the distance, she yielded two hits or less. For the week, opponents only batted .182 against her.

Pitcher of the Week

Allison Cukrov – Stony Brook University
Junior, Irvine, Calif.

Cukrov went 4-0 with a 0.88 ERA and surrendered just three runs over 26 innings. She allowed just nine hits and fired three one-hitters and struck out 29 while walking only six.

Division I South

Player of the Week

Kanani Datan – University of Pennsylvania
Sophomore, Outfield, Simi Valley, Calif.

Datan jump started her offense last week and sparked her squad to five big Ivy wins. Datan hit .588 in six League games as the Quakers went 5-1. She hit safely in all six contests, going 10-for-17 with six runs scored and eight RBI. Datan entered the week hitting just .250 on the year, going 9-for-36 with one RBI in her first 15 games this season.  

Pitcher of the Week

Kate Poppe – Villanova University
Sophomore, Downington, Pa.

Poppe boasted a 0.34 ERA and a 3-0 record, including a no-hitter against Butler on Saturday. The sophomore struck out 29 in 20.2 innings of work and was credited with just one earned run in four appearances.

Division II

Player of the Week

Aly Dzierzynski – LIU Post
Junior, Catcher, Deer Park, NY

Dzierzynski was a mammoth at the plate for the 18th-ranked Pioneers as the junior batted .696 (16-for-23) with five home runs, two doubles, four walks, 14 RBIs and seven runs. Dzierzynski’s slugging clip was 1.435 with an on-base percentage of .741. She registered five multi-hit games on the week, including both ends of a double-header at No. 11 Caldwell in which she finished the day 4-for-5 with a homer and three RBIs.

Pitcher of the Week

Haley Currie – Merrimack College
Freshman, Burlington, Mass.

Currie was dominant on the mound last week. In four appearances, she yielded just two earned runs over 19 1/3 innings (0.72 ERA) while striking out 14 and walking only one. Opponents hit just .208 against her last week.

Division III New England

Player of the Week

Jesse Bilafer – Endicott College
Senior, Second Base, Concord, Mass.

Bilafer enjoyed a stellar week at the plate, batting .524 (11-for-21) with two doubles, two triples, one grand slam home run, nine RBI, eight runs scored and three stolen bases in a 5-2-1 week for the Gulls, including a 4-0 record in CCC play. Bilafer, who hit safely in all eight games, collected four hits, and six RBI in a win and a tie against North Shore rival Salem State, including a sixth-inning grand slam in the nightcap that helped fend off a loss. The senior added two hits and an RBI in a doubleheader against Wellesley, chipped in two hits, two stolen bases, two runs scored, and an RBI in a sweep of Eastern Nazarene, and added three hits, an RBI, and two runs scored in a sweep of University of New England. Bilafer did not strikeout in 21 at bats.

Pitcher of the Week

Amber White – Bridgewater State University
Senior, Middleboro, Mass.

White went 3-0 with a save, three complete games and three shutouts in a 5-1 week for the Bears. Did not allow a run in 20 2/3 innings of work (0.00 ERA), struck out 23 batters, walked just one and gave up just seven hits on the week. Posted a two-hit shutout with six strikeouts in an 8-0 game one win over the Vikings while picking up the save in the Bears’ 14-4 victory in game two. She also hurled a three-hit shutout with nine strikeouts in a 7-0 win over Clark University, and a two-hit shutout with 8 strikeouts in a 1-0 win over Babson College.

Division III Metro 

Co-Players of the Week

Marissa Bariso – New Jersey City University
Sophomore, Catcher, Deptford, NJ

Bariso hit .800 (8-for-10) with three RBI, two home runs, two doubles, and three runs scored for the Gothnic Knights this week. She opened the week by going a combined 6-for-6 with two RBI, a double, a home run, and two runs scored during 10-2 and 9-1 NJAC defeats against William Paterson. She then went a combined 2-for-4 with one RBI, a double, a home run, and one run scored during a 3-0 victory and 11-3 defeat double-header split against Rutgers-Newark. Bariso currently ranks ninth in the NJAC in slugging percentage (.608).

Hillary Faas – The Sage Colleges
Senior, Shorstop, East Greenbush, NY

Fass collected 13 hits in 22 at-bats (.591) with 11 RBI and 10 runs scored in a 4-2 week for the Gators and went 4-for-4 with two home runs and four RBI on April 12 as Sage earned an 11-7 win versus Farmingdale State. She went 4-for-5 with two runs scored and two RBI on Apr. 13 in the Gators' 9-2 victory over Purchase. Faas had four multi-hit performances and three home runs on the week…became the program's all-time leader in both hits (176) and home runs (19) and did not commit an error in the field.

Co-Pitchers of the Week

Allison Podmajersky – William Paterson University
Freshman, Red Bank, NJ

Podmajersky posted a 0.64 ERA in a pair of pitching victories for the Pioneers this week. She first allowed two hits and walked one batter in 4.0 innings pitched, while striking out five hitters during an 11-0 victory at Staten Island. She wrapped up the week two days later by allowing five hits and one earned run, while striking out four batters in seven innings of work during a 4-1 NJAC victory over Richard Stockton. Podmajersky currently ranks eighth in the NJAC in batters struck out (51).

Taylor Tedeschi – Farmingdale State
Junior, Levittown, NY

Tedeschi allowed just one run on nine hits over 14 innings pitched while earning complete game victories over NYU-Poly (6-1) and Sage (6-0). She scattered four hits and fanned two for her first shutout of the season on April 12 at Sage and allowed five hits on April 13 versus NYU-Poly, marking her sixth victory of the season.

Division III Upstate 

Co-Players of the Week

Tori Hunt – Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Senior, Shortstop, Cheshire, Mass.

Hunt led the Engineers to a 3-1 week, including a 2-0 mark in Liberty League play, batting .636 (7 for 11) with a double, two triples, five runs scored and three runs batted in. She compiled a 1.091 slugging percentage and a .615 on-base percentage, recording three sacrifice hits and a stolen base.

Nicole Maher – Alfred University
Sophomore, Shortstop – Newark, Del.

Maher batted .650 (13 for 20) in a 5-1 week for the Saxons, which included sweeps of RIT and Houghton and a split with Fisher. She hit a pair of doubles and a triple and finished the week with seven RBIs and seven runs scored. Maher was a combined 5-for-7 with two RBIs and a run scored in the split with Fisher.

Pitcher of the Week

Eleni Wechsler – University of Rochester
Freshman, Warwick, NY

Wechsler had a hand in four of Rochester's six wins. She earned the save in the opener versus Cortland, ending the game with a strikeout of the #3 hitter with the tying runs aboard. The 8 strikeouts against Clarkson are a career-high. The no-hitter vs. Skidmore is the third in school history (17th year as a varsity sport). In 20.2 innings, she allowed 10 hits, one unearned run, walked three, and struck out 19. At the plate, she was 6 of 13 (.462) with 3 RBIs.

Division III South

Player of the Week

Diana Butash – Marywood University
Junior, Center Field, Throop, Pa.

Butash hit .600 and had a slugging  percentage of 1.150 as the Pacers went 4-2 on the week in CSAC play. She had three home runs, all in one game, and picked up eight RBI and two doubles. She was 10-for-20 at the plate with 11 runs scored and had a .652 on-base percentage.

Co-Pitchers of the Week

Caroline Brehm – McDaniel College
Junior, Hanover, Pa

Brehm went 5-0 in the circle with a 0.64 ERA and struck out 55 in 33 innings while holding opponents to a .136 batting average. In addition to a 4-0 weekend in CC play, she also led the Green Terror to a win over Division I Coppin State on Wednesday and had double-digit strikeouts in three games, including 10 in a five-inning, one-hitter against Gettysburg on Friday and 16 in the nightcap at Ursinus on Saturday.

Rachel Johnson - Salisbury University
Junior, Preston, Md.

Johnson tossed two perfect games while going 3-0 on the mound. She took over the top spot in the NCAA Division III record book with her fifth solo no-hitter of the season, and her fifth career perfect game also sets an NCAA Division III record. Johnson blanked Wesley on Wednesday, striking out 11 of the 15 batters she faced and followed that up with a 10-strikeout performance in her perfect game against Mary Washington. She beat Frostburg State on Saturday, but saw her perfect inning streak end at 12 and a third frames.