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Hawaii’s Iwata Named Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division I National Player of the Week
April 13, 2010
STARKVILLE, Miss. – Freshman shortstop Jessica Iwata has been named as the Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division I National Player of the Week for games played between April 5 and April 11.
Iwata went 12-for-20 on the week with nine runs, 17 RBIs, two doubles, six home runs, two grand slams and two walks. She finished the week with a 1.600 slugging percentage, a .636 on-base percentage and a .600 batting average.
The Lihue, Hawaii native hit safely in all five of her games this week, including recording multiple hits in four of those game and multiple RBIs in three. In the Rainbow Wahine’s final game against Boise State on Saturday, Iwata went yard on three separate occasions and drove in a school single-game record eight RBIs.
Hawaii finished last week with a prefect 5-0 record and will enter this week at 33-11 overall and 11-0 in the Western Athletic Conference. The Rainbow Wahine who were edged by Louisville for the final spot in the latest USA Today/NFCA Division I Top 25 poll are currently on a 11 game winning streak.
Other Top Performances
Massachusetts’ Sara Plourde struck out 63 batters on the week, including 20 in one game, to go 4-0 with a no-hitter… Jen Yee of Georgia Tech reached base in 14 of 16 plate appearances while batting .714 and helping her team to three ACC wins… Washington’s Danielle Lawrie stuck out 39 while leading the Huskies to a sweep over No. 3 Arizona… Keilani Ricketts of Oklahoma went 2-1 on the week with a 0.00 ERA and 33 strikeouts… Alabama’s Kelsi Dunne picked up four wins for the Crimson Tide while limiting opponents a miniscule .112 batting average.
2010 Louisville Slugger/NFCA DI National Player of the Week
April 13 – Jessica Iwata – Hawaii – Fr. – SS – Lihu’e, Hawaii
April 6 – Blair Luna – Texas – Fr. – P – Austin, Texas
March 30 – April Setterlund – Boston U. – Jr. – OF – Torrance, Calif.
March 23 – Teagan Gerhart – Stanford – Fr. – P – Norco, Calif.
March 16 – Kenzie Fowler – Arizona – Fr. – P – Tucson, Ariz.
March 9 – Anna Whiddon – Oklahoma St. – Sr. – P – Huntington, Texas
March 2 – Jen Yee – Georgia Tech – Sr. – 2B – North Delta, B.C., Canada
Feb. 23 – Stacie Townsend – UTEP – Sr. – P/2B – Orlando, Fla.
Feb. 16 – Danielle Lawrie – Washington – Sr. – P/DP – Langley, B.C., Canada