3-28-2011 Divisions II and III

DIVISIONS II & III

Barton’s McFadden & Dowling’s Stavola Named NFCA Division II National Player & Pitcher of the Week
03/23/11 – NFCA Release

STARKVILLE, Miss. – Center fielder Jessica McFadden of Barton and Jessie Stavola of Dowling have been named as the NFCA Division II National Player and Pitcher of the Week, respectively, for games played March 14-20, 2011.

McFadden was a terror on the base paths for Barton last week, swiping 22 out of 23 bases attempted. In addition the senior went 22-for-38 over the 10-game stretch with 17 runs, four RBI, four walks and a double. She ended the week with a batting average of .579 and an on-base percentage of .619.

Through nine games last week, the Wilmington, N.C., native had already stolen 14 bases, but it was apparent she was saving her best for last. In the final game of a doubleheader against Shaw on Saturday, McFadden set a new NCAA all-division record by stealing eight bases in eight attempts. In fact, for the week she was only caught stealing once in 23 total attempts.

For the season, McFadden currently has a team-high batting average of .491 and also leads the team in hits, runs and walks with 57, 33 and 37, respectively.

Between the doubleheader with Shaw and eight games at the National Collegiate Sports Invite in North Myrtle Beach, S.C, the Bulldogs finished the week with a 9-1 record, bringing thier overall record to 16-16. On Monday, Baton fell back below the .500 mark with two losses to conference foe Erskine, but will look to rebound this weekend with two-game league sets against both Coker and Queens (N.C.).

Stavola was nothing short of dominant for Dowling last week as she went 3-0 with a save over 20.2 innings of work. The junior allowed no runs, earned or unearned, off of four hits on the week, while walking only three and striking out 47.

The Montauk, N.Y. native posted at least 10 strikeouts in each of her three complete games on the week and struck out seven of eight batters over 2.2 innings in her lone relief appearances. Out of the 68 batters that Stavola faced on the week, she sat down 47 of them to give her a strikeout percentage of 69.1 percent.

Stavola is currently 6-0 on the year and has yet to allow an earned or unearned run in any of her seven appearances. With 88 strikeouts and just 10 walks so far this season, she entered the new week averaging 16.3 strikeouts per seven innings and a strikeout-to-walk ratio of 8.8:1

The 22nd-ranked Golden Lions are currently 10-1 after suffering their first loss of the year on Tuesday at the hands of No. 18 Augustana (SD). Dowling will close out is Florida trip on Wednesday with a doubleheader at Florida Southern, before returning to New York for doubleheaders with NYIT and Adelphi this weekend.

Other Top Performances
Chelsea Methot of Mercy hit .706 last week (12-17) and drove in 12 runs to help lead Mercy to a 4-2 record last week… Hawai‘i Pacific’s Breanne Patton tossed a pair of complete game shutouts last week, including a no hitter vs. BYU-Hawai‘i, all while limiting opponents to a 0.44 batting average… Kim LeComte of West Texas A&M went 10-for-17 over a five-game stretch with 11 RBI, four home runs and five stolen bases. … Quincy’s Torie Bunzell struck out 54 batters over five games last week, allowing just two runs off of six hits in the process…

2011 NFCA DII National Player of the Week
Mar. 23 – Jessica McFadden – Barton – Sr. – Wilmington, N.C.
Mar. 16 – Katelyn Lovato – Adams St. – So. – OF –Northglenn, Colo.
Mar. 9 – Kimberly LeComte – West Texas A&M – Jr. – OF – Boerne, Texas
Mar. 2 – Toni Dance – Missouri Western – Sr. – CF – Brisbane, Australia
Feb. 22 – DeeshanaLynn Tafiti – Angelo St. – Jr. – 3B – Kalaheo, Hawai‘i
Feb. 16 – Jaycee Lovato – Adams St. – Sr. – 1B/C – Northglenn, Colo.

2011 NFCA DII National Pitcher of the Week
Mar. 23 – Jessie Stavola – Dowling – P – Montauk, N.Y.
Mar. 16 – Amber Waracka – Hawai‘i-Hilo – P – Kaneohe, Hawai‘i
Mar. 9 – Kirsten Linert – Grand Canyon – Jr. – P – Phoenix, Ariz.
Mar. 2 – Torie Bunzell – Quincy – Sr. – P – LaSalle, Ill.
Feb. 22 – Jennifer DeMotte – Indianapolis – So. – P/OF – Indianapolis, Ind.
Feb. 16 – Samantha Lipperd – Sonoma St. – So. – P – Boulder Creek, Calif.

Angelo Closes Out March On Top Of NFCA Division II Top 25 Poll
03/23/11 – NFCA Release

STARKVILLE, Miss. – For the fourth straight week the Angelo State Rambelles have been tapped as the best softball team in the nation, according to the latest NFCA Division II Top 25 Poll that was released by the Association on Wednesday.

Angelo State (20-1) garnered nine of the 16 first-place votes this week, while finishing four points ahead over new No. 2 Alabama-Huntsville. The Chargers (22-1-1), who moved up from third to second, were the recipients of the other seven first-place votes. Alabama-Huntsville made its jump after going 8-0 last week, including a doubleheader sweep of then No. 2 Valdosta State.

After going 3-0 last week, Midwestern State (27-2) made a significant jump in the rankings, moving from fifth to third. Rounding out the top five this week was Valdosta State (12-4) and North Georgia (28-8) who came in at fourth and fifth, respectively.

For the first time this season, there was a tie in the poll. Both Missouri Western (20-5) and Emporia State (18-5) received 47 points, tying them for the 25th and final spot in this week’s poll. The ranking marks Emporia’s first appearance in the poll in a month, due in large part to victories over Missouri Western and then No. 23 Nebraska-Omaha at the MIAA Crossover last weekend.

NFCA Division II Top 25 Poll – Week #6 (Mar. 23)
The NFCA Division II Top 25 Poll is voted on by 16 NCAA Division II head coaches, two representing each of the eight NCAA regions. Records as of Mar. 20, 2011 are shown, first-place votes are in parentheses.

 

Rank Team Record Pts Pvs
1 Angelo State 25-2 393 1
2 Alabama-Huntsville 22-1-1 389 3
3 Midwestern St. 27-2 347 5
4 Valdosta St. 12-4 339 2
5 North Georgia 28-8 333 4
6 Hawai‘i Pacific 16-4 297 9
7 Arkansas-Monticello 24-2 292 6
8 Winona St. 14-3 276 8
9 Western Washington 17-2 239 7
10 Tampa 23-3 218 13
11 West Texas A&M 22-6 215 10
12 Lenoir-Rhyne 23-6 195 16
13 Indianapolis 17-7-1 182 12
14 Indiana (PA) 15-2 180 25
15 Minnesota St. Mankato 21-4 171 18
16 Bloomsburg 13-3 156 19
17 Rollins 27-1 153 17
18 Augustana (SD) 15-2 137 14
19 Kutztown 21-4 115 11
20 UC San Diego 20-6 111 20
21 West Virginia Wesleyan 23-4 108 15
22 Dowling 10-0 72 21
23 Armstrong Atlantic 20-4 59 24
24 Nebraska-Omaha 19-5 54 23
25 Emporia St. 18-5 47 NR
25 Missouri Western 20-5 47 22
Others receiving votes:
Saginaw Valley 23, California (PA) 14, Augusta St. 10, Lewis 10, Columbus St. 7, Tusculum 4, C.W. Post 4, Sonoma St. 2, Concordia-St. Paul 1
Dropped out:
None

 

Central’s Lythberg Named NFCA Division III Player of the Week
03/23/11 – NFCA Release

Central pitcher Kiley Lythberg has been named the NFCA Division III National Player of the Week for games played March 15-22, the Association has announced. The senior helped the No. 10-ranked Dutch to a perfect 10-0 week to extend their winning streak to 14 straight.

Lythberg posted a 4-0 mark with a 0.84 earned run average in five starts. She yielded just three runs in 25 innings, allowing 12 hits and five walks while striking out 23 batters.

In a three-inning appearance versus then-No. 18 Wisconsin-La Crosse, Lythberg gave up just two hits and no runs in a 10-1 win. Later in the day, she pitched a complete game 5-4 win over La Verne, giving up three hits. She also had a career-high 12 strikeouts against Schreiner (Texas).

Lythberg also hit .440 for the week as the team’s designated player, driving in seven runs.

The Mount Prospect, Ill., native was also named the Iowa Conference Pitcher of the Week.

Emory Joins Linfield at the top in NFCA Division III Top 25 Poll
03/23/11 – NFCA Release

For the first time this season, a team other than Linfield has a No. 1 in front of it in the NFCA Division III Top 25 Poll. However, the Wildcats are not letting go of the spot they’ve held onto all season, as both Linfield and Emory split the eight first-place votes to tie for the No. 1 ranking in the country. Emory is a perfect 24-0 on the season, while Linfield is 15-2.

Louisiana College jumps back up two spots to No. 3, pushing Eastern Connecticut, which despite starting 6-0, drops one to No. 4 and Luther to No. 5.

NFCA Division III Top 25 Poll – 3/23
The National Fastpitch Coaches Association Division III Top 25 Poll is voted on by eight NCAA Division III head coaches representing the eight NCAA regions. Records are as of 3/21. First place votes are in parentheses.

 

Rank Team Record Pts Pvs
1 Emory (4) 24-0 195 2
1 Linfield (4) 15-2 195 1
3 Louisiana College 17-3 174 5
4 Eastern Connecticut 6-0 168 3
5 Luther 7-1 166 4
6 Messiah 10-2 146 8
7 Texas-Tyler 18-2 135 14
8 DePauw 7-1 132 7
8 East Texas Baptist 18-2 132 9
10 Central 14-2 129 11
11 Coast Guard 14-0 123 12
12 Redlands 19-3 118 6
13 Wisconsin-Whitewater 5-1 117 13
14 Ithaca 8-2 90 10
15 Adrian 16-0 76 17
16 Salisbury 17-4 73 16
17 Coe 12-4 58 19
18 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps 19-6 56 15
19 College of New Jersey 11-2 50 23
20 Cortland State 8-2 34 24
20 Plattsburgh State 12-2 34 NR
22 Moravian 9-3 33 25
23 Benedictine 6-0 30 NR
24 Wisconsin-Eau Claire 7-1 29 NR
25 Illinois Wesleyan 7-3 27 22
Others receiving votes:
Point totals in parentheses: Mississippi College (20), Washington-St. Louis (13); Virginia Wesleyan (10); Trine (8); seven others received votes but appeared on only one ballot.
Dropped out:
No. 18 Wisconsin-La Crosse, No. 20 Christopher Newport, No. 21 Piedmont

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