2010 NCAC Softball Players of the Week

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May 3
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Rachel Seibel, Ohio Wesleyan
(Johnstown, OH/Johnstown-Monroe)


W-L: 4-1
IP: 30.1
K: 16
ERA: 0.92

Ohio Wesleyan senior lefthander Rachel Seibel went 4-1 last week, with a pair of complete-game victories. She totaled 16 strikeouts in 30.1 innings, and posted an earned-run average of 0.92. She fired a seven-hit shutout in game one against Allegheny, then threw 4.1 innings of one-hit ball to lift OWU to a share of the NCAC crown.

 

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Kelley Johnson, Wooster
(Orrville, OH/Orrville)


AB: 23
AVG.: .522
H: 12 (3 doubles, 1 triple, 1 home run)
R: 6
RBI: 6

Wooster freshman second baseman Kelley Johnson finished the season strong, batting .522 (12-for-23) with six runs scored and another six batted in. She raised her season average to a school-record .438, and set school marks for hits (53), doubles (13), total bases (81) and walks (22) in a season.

April 26

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Amanda Downey, Allegheny
(Essex Junction, VT/Essex)


W-L: 1-0
IP: 7.0
H: 6
BB: 0
ER: 2
K: 6

Allegheny junior Amanda Downey won game two against Oberlin, a 6-3 decision. In seven innings, she allowed two earned runs on six hits, while striking out six for her fourth victory of 2010.

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Brie Berkopec, Denison
(Mars, PA/Mars Senior)


AB: 11
AVG.: .636
H: 7 (triple, home run)
R: 7
RBI: 4


Denison senior Brie Berkopec went 2-for-2 with two runs scored and an RBI in a victory over Wittenberg, and followed that up with a 3-for-4 performance in game one against Otterbein. Against the Cardinals, she legged out a triple and smashed a home run, drove in three and scored four times.

April 19
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Brooke Boswell, Wittenberg
(Hamilton, OH/Fairfield)


W-L: 2-0
IP: 15.0
H: 11
BB: 2
ER: 2 (0.93 ERA)
K: 11

Senior righthander Brooke Boswell pitched all 15 innnings for the Tigers in their 2-0 week. She pitched a pair of complete games, her 14th and 15th of the season, and totlaed 11 strikeouts, allowed just two earned runs and a pair of walks.

 

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Brooke Nethers, Ohio Wesleyan
(Newark, OH/Licking Valley)


GP: 4
AB: 12
H: 6 (2 HR)
AVG.: .500
R: 6

Freshman catcher Brooke Nethers hit 2-for 5 in a doubleheader split with Bluffton. In a doubleheader sweep of Wooster, she hit a two-run home run in the top of the ninth to lift OWU over the Fighting Scots, 4-1. In game 2, she single, stole second and scored, then later hit a solo homer to lead the Battling Bishops to victory, 7-0.

April 12
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Whitney Dropsey, Hiram
(Ashland, OH/Hillsdale)


W-L: 3-0
IP: 32.0
H: 31
BB: 8
ER: 7 (1.53 ERA)
K: 24

Hiram senior Whitney Dropsey picked up the win in three of the Terriers’ four victories last week. She threw 32.0 innings, allowed seven earned runs for a 1.53 earned-run average and struck out 24.

 

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Lauren Swinehart, Wooster
(Apple Creek, OH/Waynedale)


GP: 4
AB: 14
H: 9 (2 doubles, 1 triple, 1 HR)
AVG.: .643
R: 7
RBI: 9

Sophomore outfielder Lauren Swinehart went 9-for-14 (.643) at the plate in Wooster’s 3-1 week. She was a perfect 4-for-4 with a double in a 9-3 decision over Oberlin, then smashed a grand slam as part of a 2-for-3 performance in a 14-4 game-two victory. She hit a tie-breaking triple in the seventh inning, lifting the Fighting Scots to a 7-5 decision over Kenyon.

April 5
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Rachel Seibel, Ohio Wesleyan
(Johnstown, OH/Johnstown-Monroe)


W-L: 2-0
IP: 16.0
H: 11
BB: 8
ER: 2 (0.88 ERA)
K: 17

Ohio Wesleyan senior lefthander Rachel Seibel threw a complete-game against John Carroll with a season-high 10 strikeouts. She followed that performance with a seven-hit shutot of Baldwin-Wallace. She struck out seven in that contest to finish the week witha 2-0 record and 17 K’s in 16 innings.

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Erica Evans, Denison
(Worthington, OH/Thomas Worthington)


GP: 6
AB: 17
H: 10 (1 double, 3 HR)
AVG.: .588
R: 10
RBI: 12

Junior Erica Evans batted 10-for-17 (.588) with three home runs, 12 runs battled in and 10 runs scored in Denison’s 3-3 week. Evans was a perfect 4-for-4 with a home run, six RBI and six runs scored in a doubleheader sweep of Washington & Jefferson.

March 29
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Whitney Dropsey, Hiram
(Ashland, OH/Hillsdale)


W-L: 1-0
IP: 7.0
H: 2
BB: 3
ER: 0 (0.00 ERA)
K: 10

Hiram senior Whitney Dropsey earned the complete-game shutout with 10 strikeouts, two hits and three walks while going 4-for-8 with one RBI. The Terriers topped Grove City, 3-0, in game one of a doubleheader sweep. She became the school’s all-time leader in strikeouts with 238.

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Alex Murray, Denison
(Mayfield Heights, OH/NDCL)


GP: 4
AB: 14
H: 9 (4 doubles, 1 HR)
AVG: .643
R: 4
RBI: 11

Senior third baseman Alex Murray hit .643 (9-for-14) with four doubles, a game-winning three-run home run and 11 RBI as Denison went 4-0. Her three-run home run in the bottom of the seventh capped off a 13-12 vcitory over John Carroll. She had five extra-base hits and drove in 11 runs for the week.

March 22
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Brittany Vanegas, Kenyon
(Alameda, CA/Redwood Christian)


W-L: 4-0
IP: 25.2
H: 26
BB: 2
ER: 7 (1.91 ERA)
K: 15

Junior Brittany Veanegas pitched all four of Kenyon’s spring-break wins. She threw 26.2 innings, allowed seven earned runs for an ERA of 1.91, struck out 15 and walked just two. The Ladies went 4-4 last week at the Sun West Tournament.

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Jamie Samuel, Kenyon
(Malibu, CA/Malibu)


GP: 8
AB: 24
H: 11 (2 doubles)
AVG: .458
R: 5
RBI: 7

Freshman Jamie Samuel led Kenyon to a 4-4 record with a .458 batting average on 11-for-24 hitting. She scored five runs and knocked in another seven.

March 15

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Gina Pirolozzi, Wooster
(Canton/Canton McKinley)


Freshman pitcher Gina Pirolozzi went 3-1 in five appearances with a pair of shutouts and a no-hitter. She compiled a 3.07 earned-run average in 27.1 innings, and struck out 23. Her five-inning no-hit shutout of Rockford, won by a 9-0 score, was the first thrown by a Fighting Scot pitcher since 2005.

 

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Kelley Johnson, Wooster
(Orrville, OH/Orrville)


Wooster freshman Kelley Johnson hit .448 on 13-for 29 batting on the Fighting Scots’ spring trip. She scored seven runs, batted in seven, hit three doubles and a home run as Wooster went 6-4 to start the season.