5-4-2011 Division II News

DIVISION II NEWS

May 4 2011

Metro State’s Tesone & Sonoma State’s Lipperd Named NFCA Division II National Player & Pitcher of the Week
May 4, 2011

STARKVILLE, Miss. – Outfielder Jennessa Tesone of Metro State and Samantha Lipperd of Sonoma State have been named as the NFCA Division II National Player and Pitcher of the Week, respectively, for games played April 25-May 1, 2011.

Tesone helped the Roadrunners win their final regular-season series against Nebraska-Kearny last week and helped pilot Metro to a share of its third consecutive Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference regular-season title.  For the week, Tesone was 11-for-16 with 11 runs, 12 RBIs, six home runs, a double and a walk.  She ended the four-game set with a .688 batting average, a .706 on base percentage and a 1.875 slugging percentage.

The Longmont Colo., native registered at least two hits in each of the four contests last week and tied a school record in game two by blasting three home runs in one contest.  However, no home run was as big as second of the day in the series finale when the RMAC’s all-time home run leader hit a three-run, game-winning bomb to help give the Roadrunners a share of the crown.

For the year, the senior currently leads her team with a .408 batting average, 13 doubles, a triple, 14 home runs and 49 RBIs.  Metro State will enter this weekend’s RMAC Tournament with 33-14 overall record and a 28-11 record in league play.  The top-seeded Roadrunners will open tournament play on Thursday with Colorado-Colorado Springs at Colorado Mines in Golden, Colo.

Lipperd earned her second national Player of the Week honor by helping lead the Seawolves to a perfect 3-0 record and the California Collegiate Athletic Association tournament championship. The sophomore, who received the win in all three games, ended the week with a 0.70 ERA and allowed just seven hits and 12 walks, while striking out 21 batters.

The Boulder Creek, Calif., native threw 20 of the Seawolves’ 21 innings on the week and during that span allowed just two earned runs.  Lipperd capped her dominating performance on the week by tossing her second no-hitter of the season and the fourth of her career against then 8th-ranked UC San Diego in the championship game.

The CCAA Tournament MVP currently has a season record of 25-8 and an ERA of 1.10 to go along with 310 strikeouts, the fourth most in Division II.  The Seawolves, who ended the year with a 36-20 overall record and a 23-13 clip in the conference, now await their seeding, opponent and location for one of two NCAA West Regionals next weekend.

Other Top Performances
Katie Goetzinger of Wayne State (NE) helped the Wildcats pick up three wins against ranked teams last week as she went 5-0 with 32 strikeouts.… Arkansas Tech’s Hayley Hudson went 8-for-12 with four home runs last week to help lead the Golden Suns to a four-game sweep of Christian Brothers and the Gulf South West Division crown… Elyssa Boris of Massachusetts-Lowell was 6-0 with a save for the River Hawks last week and allowed just two earned runs over 35.0 inning of work. Montana State-Billings’ Bobbie Lee batted .714 last week with six RBIs to end the regular-season on a 15-game hit streak.

2011 NFCA DII National Player of the Week

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 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 Tops NFCA Division II Top 25 Poll for Sixth Straight Week
May 4, 2011

STARKVILLE, Miss. – For the sixth consecutive week, Alabama-Huntsville is the No. 1 softball team in the nation, according to the latest edition of the NFCA Division II Top 25 poll released by the Association on Wednesday.

The Chargers (38-2-1) tallied all 16 first-place votes in the latest edition of the rankings for the second week in a row and for the third time this season. Following UAH this week was North Georgia (47-9) and Midwestern St. (44-8), who came in at second and third, respectively, for the third consecutive week.     

The only change in the newest top five was at final two positions where Rollins (45-2) dropped one spot to fifth, allowing Valdosta State (35-8) to move up to fourth.

Western Washington (34-12) was the only team to drop out of the poll this week, leaving the rankings for the first time since entering the fray during the first regular-season poll.  Re-entering to the poll this week was Tiffin, who returned to the rankings after sitting out last week’s edition.

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 3, 2011 are shown, first-place votes are in parentheses.

Rank Team Record Totals Last Poll
1 Ala.-Huntsville (16) 38-2-1 400 1
2 North Georgia 47-9 370 2
3 Midwestern St. 44-8 340 3
4 Valdosta St. 35-8 336 5
5 Rollins 45-2 333 4
6 Lenoir-Rhyne 41-8 300 6
7 Dowling 40-4 287 9
8 Augustana (SD) 41-7 268 10
9 Hawai‘i Pacific 37-10 241 15
10 Bloomsburg 30-7 240 11
11 Indiana (PA) 33-6 237 17
12 Tampa 38-7 211 14
13 Minn. St. Mankato 41-10 207 16
14 Indianapolis 33-10-1 174 19
15 Emporia St. 37-12 157 18
16 UC San Diego 36-13 156 8
17 West Texas A&M 40-14 135 22
18 Angelo St. 40-10 134 13
19 Winona St. 34-9 125 12
20 West Va. Wesleyan 46-6 112 20
21 Nebraska Omaha 39-9 103 7
22 C.W. Post 36-12 61 24
23 Tiffin 35-12 57 RV
24 Flagler 40-16 52 23
25 Lewis 30-11 30 21

 

Dropped Out: No. 25 Western Washington

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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