April 12, 2011

Softball Players of the Week

Softball (for the week ending April 10, 2011)

Division I

Player of the Week

Haley Pypes – United States Military Academy
Freshman, DP/P, Kansas City, Mo.

Pypes exploded for the Black Knights last week, hitting .500 (11-for-22) with six home runs and 11 RBI during her team’s 4-2 week, which included a split of the four-game league series at Holy Cross. She started the stretch by going 5-for-7 in Thursday’s doubleheader sweep over St. Peter’s with two homers, five RBI and four runs scored. She maintained the pace on Saturday, going 3-for-8 in the first doubleheader against Holy Cross. She hit two home runs in game one of the four-game set, including a solo blast in the top of the 10th inning that stood as the game-winner in Army’s 8-7 win over the Crusaders. In Sunday’s first game, she ripped a two-out solo shot in the bottom of the 11th to lift Army to a 3-2 win.

Pitcher of the Week

Jen Mineau – Fordham University
Junior, RHP, Schaghticoke, N.Y.

Mineau threw a no-hitter in the 3-0 win over conference foe George Washington and allowed just one hit as Fordham defeated La Salle, 11-1. In 16 innings of work, the junior did not allow a run and threw 30 strikeouts, posting a 15:1 strikeout-to-walk ratio.


Division II

Player of the Week

Abby Block – West Chester University
Junior, Second Baseman, Drexel Hill, Pa.

Block hit .800 (12-for-15) with three home runs and 11 RBI in six games last week. She smashed a three-run homer Tuesday against No. 24 Shippensburg and added a solo shot the next inning to help WCU to the victory. Five of her 12 hits went for extra bases. Block authored a 1.533 slugging percentage and scored six runs. She went 5-for-5 with three RBI in a double-header against East Stroudsburg on Saturday, helping West Chester to a split. She hit an RBI single in game one during a decisive three-run sixth inning that put the Golden Rams in the lead for good; she also contributed two doubles in game one. Block homered in game one of a double-header sweep over Lincoln, making it seven HRs for her in the last eight games.


Note: No pitchers of the week from conferences in DII were from the ECAC membership.


Division III – New England

Player of the Week

Shannon Jipner – Castleton State College
Junior, Third Baseman, Bristol, Vt.

Jipner led the Castleton offense, batting .522 with five home runs and two doubles. The junior third-baseman slugged 1.261 and posted a .593 on-base percentage, driving in 16 runs and scoring 13 more. Trailing 1-0 Sunday in the sixth inning versus Maine Maritime, Jipner smacked a two-run homer to give Castleton the lead heading into the seventh.

Pitcher of the Week

Courteney Collier – Simmons College
Senior, RHP, Bolton, Mass.

Collier went 3-0 on the weekend with a 0.44 earned run average, pitching 16 innings and giving up only seven hits and one earned run while striking out 27. She held opponents to a .127 batting average as her team went 6-0 on the weekend. The highlight of the weekend was shutting out Emerson College in a 2-0 win, where Collier also had a solo home run. Collier also batted .500 on the weekend with a .744 slugging percentage.

Division III – Upstate

Player of the Week

Natalee Sassman – University of Rochester
Junior, Outfielder, Phoenixville, Pa.

Sassman hit .416 in six games for Rochester (5-1), getting seven hits in 17 at-bats with four runs scored, three doubles, two home runs and eight RBI. Her slugging percentage for the week was .941. Both home runs tied games versus Brockport. Her first broke up a perfect game and the second one tied the nightcap in the third inning.

Pitcher of the Week

Ashley Marshall – Plattsburgh State
Sophomore, RHP, Malone, N.Y.

Marshall went 2-0 with a save in four appearances for Plattsburgh. In 15 innings, she allowed just 10 hits and one earned run (0.46 ERA). She also registered 19 strikeouts to go with just one walk. In the opening game of a doubleheader against New Paltz, Marshall tossed a perfect game, going five innings and striking out 10 Hawks.

Division III – Metro

Player of the Week

Mami O’Shea – College of Mount Saint Vincent
Junior, Outfielder, White Plains, N.Y.

O’Shea went 14-for-22 (.636) with 20 RBI and 14 runs scored over seven contests. She ripped nine extra-base hits, including four home runs for a 1.545 slugging percentage.

Pitcher of the Week

Alyssa Clancy – SUNY Old Westbury
Sophomore, LHP, Remsenburg, N.Y.

Clancy notched a pair of no-hitters and won all five of her starts on the week. She struck out 31 and walked just four in 27 innings pitched. She registered no-hit victories over Mount Saint Vincent on Saturday and Purchase on Sunday.

Division III – South

Player of the Week

Lauren Kinniburgh – University of Pittsburgh at Bradford
Junior, Outfielder, Smethport, Pa.

Kinniburgh had a high-impact week, batting .583 as the Panthers went 3-1. She hit a game-winning three-run home run to help defeat La Roche, driving in a career-high five runs in the win. The junior collected seven RBI total with four extra base hits, while posting a 1.083 slugging percentage and a .500 on-base percentage.

Pitcher of the Week

Nicole Musser – Wilson College
Sophomore, RHP, Middletown, Va.

Musser led her team to a 7-1 week in conference play.  Batting .295 (5-for-17) at the plate, she scored eight runs and had two RBI.  In the circle, she went 4-0 with four complete games, two shutouts— one being a no-hitter— and 45 strikeouts.