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2012 NCAC Softball Players of the Week

April 30th

Hannah Price, Denison
(Hudson, OH/Hudson)

Denison senior Hannah Price posted a .500 batting average (11-of-22) last week, but no hit was more important than the walk-off RBI single in game two against Hiram on Sunday that clinched the Big Red’s berth into the NCAC Tournament. In six starts last week, Price smacked three doubles, drove home five runs and scored an additional six runs. She currently leads the Big Red in batting average (.366), runs scored (28), hits (48), RBI (23) total bases (66), slugging percentage (.504) and on-base percentage (.421).

Caitlin Nealer, Allegheny
(New Kensington, PA/Valley)

Allegheny freshman pitcher Caitlin Nealer helped the Gators clinch their fifth NCAC championship all-time and the No. 1 seed in this weekend’s NCAC Tournament after going 3-0 in the pitching circle last week with three complete games, including the title-clinching victory against Ohio Wesleyan on Sunday. She surrendered just one earned run on the week and struck out 21 batters in 21 innings of work.

April 23rd

Jen Kosinski, DePauw
(Schererville, IN/Lake Central)

DePauw senior Jen Kosinski hit safely in all six games and scored at least two runs in five games. Hit two homers in the second game with Oberlin when she became DePauw’s all-time RBI leader and now has 160. In the first game with Wittenberg, Kosinski broke the Tigers’ all-time runs scored record and now has 161.

Jenn Horton, Wooster
(Worthington, OH/Thomas Worthington)

Wooster junior Jenn Horton went 4-0 during four appearances, while producing a 1.83 ERA over 23.0 innings. She started the week with a three-hit shutout of Denison, striking out 10 Big Red batters along the way without a walk, then added a 3-1 complete-game victory over Otterbein, in which she struck out seven more without walking anyone. During the key sweep at Kenyon Sunday, she came on in relief and did not allow a run in the two extra innings of the 7-5 win, followed by a complete-game 7-6 win.

April 16th

Katie Pieplow, Oberlin
(Rescue, CA/Ponderosa)

Oberlin freshman Katie Pieplow guided the Yeowomen to a 3-1 week as she batted .615 (8-of-13) with nine RBI, five runs scored, and two doubles. In a sweep of Ursuline, she was 7-of-7 with a double, grand slam, four runs scored and eight RBI. Her grand slam in the sixth inning of game-one against Ursuline allowed the Yeowomen to run-rule the Arrows, 12-3.

Becca Dyer, Denison
(Shelby Township, MI/Detroit Country Day)

Denison sophomore Becca Dyer fired her second career perfect game in her first start of 2012 on Wednesday against Mount St. Joseph. She tied a career-high by striking out 12-of-15 batters faced. On the week, she went 2-1 in 14 innings pitched. She did not allow an earned run while striking out 19. Opponents batted just .152 against her.

April 9th

Laura Rose, Wittenberg
(Riverside, OH/Stebbins)

Wittenberg sophomore Laura Rose (Riverside, OH/Stebbins) played the hero on Saturday, laying down a successful squeeze bunt to break a fifth-inning 2-2 tie and put the Tigers ahead of Allegheny in game one. The Tigers held the lead to win 3-2 and move into a tie with Allegheny for first place. With solo position of first place on the line, Rose then contributed two RBI to help Wittenberg win game two and the conference lead by a 7-2 score. Rose led the Tigers to a 4-0 week after hitting .500, including eight RBI, one double, one home run and two stolen bases.

Dani Haley, Ohio Wesleyan
(Maumee, OH/Anthony Wayne)

Ohio Wesleyan sophomore Dani Haley (Maumee, OH/Anthony Wayne) recorded a 10-inning shutout of the No. 10 ranked team in the nation on the road, striking out six and walking four in a 1-0 victory over DePauw. She also tossed a five-hit shutout at Kenyon in which she struck out six and walked only one.

April 2nd

Jessica Bolanz, Hiram
(Randolph, OH/Waterloo)

Hiram sophomore Jessica Bolanz batted .500 (9-for18) in six games last week. The shortstop recorded seven RBI, six runs scored, two home runs, one triple and one double to help the Terriers to a 3-1 record last week. 

Caitlin Nealer, Allegheny
(New Kensington, PA/Valley)

Allegheny pitcher Caitlin Nealer paced a two-game sweep over defending NCAC regular-season champion Denison, while improving her season record in the circle to 11-2. Nealer finished the week with a 3-0 record, throwing three-complete games including a game-one shutout of the Big Red on Saturday. She authored a 0.91 ERA in 23 innings of work and tossed 25 strikeouts.

March 26th

Demi Hart, Wooster
Shreve, OH/Triway

Wooster freshman Demi Hart extended her hitting streak to 11 games and helped the Fighting Scots to four wins in as many games by going 6-for-11 with a double and two RBI. On Wednesday, Hart went 2-for-2 with a walk versus Mass.-Dartmouth and 2-for-3 with an RBI versus Smith.

Emily King, Oberlin
(Cleveland Hts., OH/Cleveland Hts.)

Oberlin sophomore Emily King threw the first perfect game in school history as the Yeowomen blanked Franciscan, 9-0, striking out four along the way. King also added her second complete game shutout of the week in a 6-0 victory against Thomas where she fanned a career-high six.

March 19th

Amy Hallett, DePauw
(Phoenix, AZ/Pinnacle)

DePauw junior catcher Amy Hallett guided the Tigers to four victories last week with a .545 batting average (6-of-11) to go along with one home run, three runs scored and five RBI. Hallett also became DPU’s all-time home run leader after smacking her 21st-career homer in the Tigers’ 8-0 victory over Aurora on Sunday.

Jenn Horton, Wooster
(Worthington, OH/Thomas Worthington) 

Wooster junior pitcher Jenn Horton went 3-2 and posted a save in the pitching circle last week. In seven appearances, she recorded a 0.82 earned run average after allowing just four earned runs in 34.0 innings of work. She also scattered 23 hits and struck out 29 batters on the week.

March 12th

Stephanie Fort, Allegheny
(Midlothian, VA/Saint Catherine's School)

Allegheny junior Stephanie Fort (Midlothian, VA/Saint Catherine’s School) reached base in 11 of her 14 plate appearances, batting .700 while totaling an on-base percentage of .786. She had four extra-base hits including two homeruns and finished the weekend with six runs scored, seven RBI and 16 total bases. Against Centre, Fort became the 10th player in program history to swipe three bases in one game while she was 4-for-4 on the basepaths in four games. 

Kelsey Hager, Denison
(Louisville, KY/Eastern)

Denison sophomore Kelsey Hager (Louisville, KY/Eastern) pitched her first career no-hitter in Denison’s 7-0 win over Dubuque to open play in Tuscon, Arizona. Hager struch out eight while walking only two en route to the complete-game victory.