5-11-2011 Division II News

DIVISION II NEWS

May 11 2011

 

Regis’ Haberkorn & Molloy’s Butterworth Earn Final NFCA Division II National Player & Pitcher of the Week Honors of 2011
May 11, 2011

STARKVILLE, Miss. – Junior utility player Nikki Haberkorn of Regis (CO) and sophomore Megan Butterworth of Molloy have been named as the NFCA Division II National Player and Pitcher of the Week, respectively, for games played May 2-8, 2011.

Haberkorn helped lead the fourth-seeded Rangers to the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference title last week by turning in big numbers and timely hits at the plate.  For the week, she was 6-for-12 with five runs, six RBIs, six walks, three doubles, a triple and a home run.  She finished the tournament with a .500 batting average, .667 on-base percentage and a 1.167 slugging percentage.

While Haberkorn’s offense helped power Regis throughout the tournament, there was probably no hit bigger than her final at-bat.  With the game tied, 2-2, in the bottom of the seventh, the Denver, Colo., native sent the Rangers in to the NCAA Tournament with a three-run blast over the centerfield wall for the win.

On the year, the RMAC Tournament MVP is batting .302 with 30 runs, 32 RBIs and 18 walks.  After finishing the year at 32-22, the Rangers will now head to the Central Regional No. 1 in Sioux Falls, S.D. where they will take on the top-seeded hosts, Augustana (S.D.), in their first game.

Butterworth helped the Lions win their first conference crown in 16 years this past weekend by going 3-0 at the East Coast Conference tournament.  The sophomore allowed just one unearned run off of nine hits with 23 strikeouts and just six walks over 21 innings of work.  She finished the week with a 0.00 ERA while limiting batters to a .125 average. 

The Bellmore, N.Y., native threw two complete game shutouts over the three-game stretch and averaged 7.6 strikeouts per seven innings.  Butterworth helped lead Molloy to the title on Sunday by throwing a four-hit shutout against then seventh-ranked Dowling and striking out a tournament-high 11 batters.

Butterworth ends the 2011 regular-season with a 22-7 record, a 1.19 ERA and 266 strikeouts.  The Molloy Lions (41-12) will now head to Brookville, N.Y., where they will take on Caldwell in the East Regional No. 2 at C.W. Post.

Other Top Performances
Kelsey Haupert of Central Washington helped the Wildcats go 6-1 last week and win the GNAC crown by hitting .583 and driving in 11 runs… West Texas A&M’s Shelby Cockrell played a key role in the Lady Buffs winning the LSC title as she went 2-0 over five games with 31 strikeouts … Mary Giancarlo of Lewis hit a blazing .733 last week with nine RBIs as the Flyers won their second straight GLVC championship… Quincy’s Torie Bunzell helped lead the Hawks to runner-up finish in the GLVC tournament posting a 5-2 record and fanning 78 batters.

2011 NFCA DII National Player of the Week

May 11 – Nikki Haberkorn – Regis (CO) – Jr. – UT – Denver, Colo.

May 4 – Jennessa Tesone – Metro St. – Sr. – OF – Longmont, Colo.

Apr. 27 – Jennifer Radley – Wayne State (NE) – Sr. – 1B – Des Moines, Iowa

Apr. 20 – Kayla Jackson – Arkansas-Monticello – Jr. – P/1B – Hallsville, Texas

Apr. 13 – Montana Lucas – Grand Canyon – Sr. – IF – Glendale, Ariz.

Apr. 6 – Kathy Crudo – Winona St. – Jr. – C – Stacy, Minn.

Mar. 30 – Katie Mazure – Massachusetts-Lowell – Burlington, Mass.
Mar. 23 – Jessica McFadden – Barton – Sr. – OF – 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

May 11 – Megan Butterworth – Molloy – So. – P – Bellmore, N.Y.

May 4 – Samantha Lipperd – Sonoma St. – So. – P – Boulder Creek, Calif.

Apr. 27 – Lauren Hadenfield – Central Washington – Sr. – Vancouver, Wash.

Apr. 20 – Diana Sansevera – Georgian Court – Sr. – P – Manalapan, N.J.

Apr. 13 – Allison Smith – Wingate – Sr. – P – Danville, Va.

Apr. 6 – Torie Bunzell – Quincy – Sr. – P – LaSalle, Ill.

Mar. 30 – Emily Estep – Shippensburg – P/DP – Chambersburg, Pa.
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.

Alabama-Huntsville Hangs On To Top Spot In Final Regular Season NFCA Division II Top 25 Poll
May 11, 2011

STARKVILLE, Miss. – After a wild conference championship week, Alabama-Huntsville managed to top the NFCA Division II Top 25 poll for the seventh straight week, the Association announced on Wednesday. 

Despite falling in the Gulf South Conference tournament, the Chargers (40-4-1) garnered seven of 16 first place votes in the final regular-season poll of 2011 and finished just four points ahead of No. 2 North Georgia (47-9), which topped four ballots.     

The GSC Champion Valdosta State Blazers (40-9) came in at third in the poll, up one from last week, and received three first-place votes.  Meanwhile, Rollins (45-2) moved up one spot to fourth this and garnered the remaining two top votes. Rounding out the top five this week was Midwestern St. (47-10), who dropped two spots after finishing third in the Lone Star Conference tournament.

For just the second time this season, no teams fell out of the weekly rankings.  Nebraska Omaha (45-9) made the biggest jump of the week; rocketing up six spots to No. 15 after winning the MIAA tournament last week.

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 May 8, 2011 are shown, first-place votes are in parentheses.

Rank Team Record Totals Last Poll
1 Ala.-Huntsville (7) 40-4-1 382 1
2 North Georgia (4) 47-9 378 2
3 Valdosta St. (3) 40-9 346 4
4 Rollins (2) 45-2 332 5
5 Midwestern St. 47-10 305 3
6 Lenoir-Rhyne 41-8 293 6
7 Augustana (SD) 45-8 286 8
8 Hawai‘i Pacific 37-10 275 9
9 Dowling 42-6 265 7
10 Bloomsburg 30-7 239 10
11 Indiana (PA) 33-6 232 11
12 West Texas A&M 45-15 220 17
13 Tampa 38-7 214 12
14 Minn. St. Mankato 48-12 209 13
15 Nebraska Omaha 45-9 173 21
16 UC San Diego 36-13 149 16
17 Emporia St. 41-14 130 15
18 Tiffin 39-12 129 23
19 West Va. Wesleyan 46-6 117 20
20 Indianapolis 34-12-1 85 14
21 Angelo St. 42-12 80 18
22 Lewis 34-12 73 25
23 Winona St. 34-11 61 19
24 Flagler 40-16 53 24
25 C.W. Post 36-14 50 22

 

Dropped Out: None

 

Others Receiving Votes: Wayne St. (NE) 26, Molloy 17, Sonoma St. 17, Western Washington 16, Barry 15, Kutztown 12, Missouri Western St. 12, California (PA) 7, Southeastern Oklahoma St. 5, Armstrong Atlantic St. 4, Dixie St. 2, Missouri Southern St. 1

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