2017 NCAC Softball Players of the Week

PLAYER PITCHER
 
May 1st
 

Sidney Holler, DePauw
(Overland Park, KS/Shawnee Mission South) 
 

DePauw sophomore Sidney Holler hit safely in all six games last week to lead the Tigers to a 5-1 record, including 4-0 in conference action. Holler homered in three of the four NCAC contests, highlighted by a game-winning home run in the top of the seventh inning of game one at Kenyon. In the six games, Holler batted .474 (9-for-19) with one double, three home runs, three runs scored, 10 RBI, 19 total bases and one stolen base. 

Kala Mahen, Allegheny
(Mercer, PA/Lakeview)
  

Allegheny sophomore Kala Mahen tossed the first no-hitter for the Gators since 2008 in a 1-0 victory against Kenyon. She allowed no runs with four runs and four strikeouts. Mahen a win against Denison in which she allowed one earned run on nine hits while striking out three. On the week, Mahen posted a 2-0 record in the circle with a 0.47 ERA allowing just nine hits in 15 innings of work and limiting opponents to a .153 batting average. 

April 24th
 

Taylor Dickson, Ohio Wesleyan
(Baltimore, OH/Liberty Union)
  

Ohio Wesleyan senior Taylor Dickson led the Bishops on the week by hitting .571 at the plate (8-for-14) with five extra base hits, 12 RBI and 16 total bases. Dickson slugged 1.143, scored six runs, posted a .625 on-base percentage and had multi-hit games in three of her four games last week to help OWU extend its winning streak to six-straight after posting a 4-0 week with conference sweeps against Oberlin and Kenyon.  

Jenna Kendall, Wooster
(Marshallville, OH/Smithville) 

Wooster senior Jenna Kendall posted a 1-0 record in the circle last week to earn her 15th career win and move into a tie for seventh-place al-time in program history. In the Scots’ victory over Allegheny, Kendall tossed a complete game shutout, allowing just four hits and striking out three in seven innings pitched.

April 17th
 

Chelsea Zang, Wittenberg
(Cincinnati, OH/Seton) 
 

Wittenberg junior Chelsea Zang helped extend the Tigers winning streak to 10 games after sweeping Anderson, Denison and Kenyon last week. Zang showed power at the plate with three homeruns on the week and eight total RBI. In all Zang was 4-for-12 with three homeruns, three runs scored and one walk.

Emma Baldwin, DePauw
(Oak Park, IL/Oak Park River Forest)
 

DePauw junior Emma Baldwin helped the Tigers to a conference sweep of Ohio Wesleyan and Oberlin last week, extending DePauw’s win streak to six. In three appearances, Baldwin posted a 2-0 record and recorded one save in the circle for the Tigers. In 13 innings pitched, Baldwin recorded a 1.08 ERA with 17 strikeouts, allowing just six hits and four runs while limiting opponents to a .133 batting average. 

April 10th
 

Lauren Secaras, Denison
(Wilmette, IL/New Trier)
  

Denison infielder Lauren Secaras led the Big Red in almost every offensively category last week. The junior hit .615 with eight hits, two home runs, and drove in 10 runs. She slugged an astounding 1.077. In Denison’s 5-4 win over Marietta, Secaras drove in four the Denison’s five runs.

Sarah Herold, Denison
(Oak Park, IL/Carl Sandburg)  

Denison junior Sarah Herold threw the Big Red’s 10th no-hitter in program history last week in the 8-0 win against Oberlin. Herold went all five innings, fanning nine batters without issuing a single walk. On the week, Herold posted a 2-0 record in the circle with 15 total strikeouts in 12 innings pitched, allowing just a single earned run and three hits.

April 3rd
 

Casey Hobbs, Wittenberg
(Fairborn, OH/Carroll)  

Wittenberg senior infielder Casey Hobbs led the Tigers to a series sweep of Allegheny last weekend to open up NCAC play this season. In the two games, Hobbs batted .625 (5-for-8) with two doubles, four runs scored, six RBI and two stolen bases. Hobbs now has 18 hits on the year and 13 RBI.

Sarah Herold, Denison
(Oak Park, IL/Carl Sandburg)  

Denison junior Sarah Herold was nearly untouchable last week in the circle as she threw two compete game shutouts in victories against Otterbein and Ohio Wesleyan. Herold held opponent’s to just a .167 batting average, allowed just seven hits in 12 innings of work. She also struck out nine batters and issued just four walks while posting a 0.00 ERA. 

March 27th
 

Emma Downing, Oberlin
(Delmar, NY/Bethlehem Central)
  

Oberlin sophomore outfielder Emma Downing helped lead the Yeowomen to a program record six wins in Florida to close out their Spring Break trip. Downing hit .500 with 16 hits, 12 runs scored, two doubles, two home runs, four RBI, and slugged .750.

Abby Haab, Wittenberg
(Dublin, OH/Jerome)  

Wittenberg junior Abby Haab helped the Tigers to a 4-2 record against non-conference foes last week, including a sweep of Capital, highlighted by tossing a seven-inning perfect game against the Crusaders. The perfect game featured six strikeouts from Haab, as the Tiger pitcher was able to sit all 21 batters down in order on Thursday for her second-career perfect game. In 16.0 innings of work, Haab struck out 16 batters, allowed just five earned runs and posted a 1.37 ERA in her three appearances on the week. 

March 20th
 

Laura Bagan, Denison
(Winnetka, IL/New Trier) 
 

Laura Bagan was the catalyst for the Big Red offensively as she helped Denison to six wins last week. Bagan led the Denison offense in five offensive categories. Bagan hit a blistering .536 with 15 hits, eight runs scored, three doubles, eight RBI, and slugged .750. Her best game came against Whitter when she went 4-4 with three doubles and two RBI.

Erin Laswell, Denison
(Plainfield, IN/Plainfield)
  

Denison senior Erin Laswell paced the Big Red in the circle as she posted a 2-0 record last week. The right-hander threw 14 innings, allowed 11 hits, and only three earned runs. She started two games, one being a complete game win over Claremont-Mudd-Scripts. Laswell even earned a save this week as she closed out a 8-6 win over Pomona Pitzer. In her four appearances, Laswell finished with a 1.93 ERA and opponents were hitting a mere .216 against her.

March 13th
 

Amanda Ogata, Kenyon
(San Jose, CA/Archbishop Mitty)
 

Kenyon sophomore Amanda Ogata hit .486 (18-of-37) with four doubles and a home run over the course of the Ladies’ final nine games in Florida. She scored 14 runs, had five RBI and swiped three bases. 

Chelsea Zang, Wittenberg
(Cincinnati, OH/Seton)
  

Wittenberg junior Chelsea Zang was impressive in her seven pitching appearances on the Tigers spring break trip, posting a 5-1 record while compiling a 1.47 ERA. In 39 total innings, Zang allowed just eight earned runs while holding opponents to a .200 batting average and struck out 33. In the seven appearances, Zang pitched four complete games including one shutout. 

March 6th
 

Sidney Holler, DePauw
(Overland Park, KS/Shawnee Mission South) 
 

DePauw sophomore Sidney Holler hit safely in all four games she played to open the 2017 season at the Transylvania Tournament to earn All-Tournament Team honors. Holler posted a .667 batting average (6-for-9) with four runs scored, four RBI, two doubles, one home run, 11 total bases and a .692 slugging percentage.

Austen Whibley, Kenyon
(Silver Spring, MD/Albert Einstein) 
 

Kenyon sophomore Austen Whibley posted a 1-0 record on the rubber last week. In the Ladies’ victory over Rivier, Whibley tossed a complete game, allowed five hits, two runs and struck out a half-dozen. She also induced a combined seven groundouts and flyouts.

February 27th
 

Lauren Graf, Kenyon
(Allen Park, MI/Cabrini)  

Kenyon freshman Lauren Graf had a monster start to her collegiate career. The Ladies second baseman hit .588 (10-of-17) throughout the four-game weekend. She scored six runs, had four RBI and produced a .647 slugging percentage.


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