2009 NCAC Softball Players of the Week

April 27
Wittenberg senior Rachael Hatcher (West Carrollton, OH/West Carrollton) threw a no-hitter, 8-0, over Wooster last week. In a 1-1 week, Hatcher pitched 13 innings, allowed nine hits, two earned runs, six walks and struck out 14.   Hiram senior shortstop Stephanie Zunic (Canfield, OH/Canfield) led the Terriers to a 5-1 week, all in conference play. She batted 11-for-22 (.500) with seven runs scored, five doubles and seven RBI. Hiram swept Oberlin and Ohio Wesleyan and split with Denison to earn the second seed in the North Coast conference tournament.
April 20
Hiram junior pitcher Whitney Dropsey (Ashland, OH/Hillsdale) pitched 11 innings last week, went 2-0, and allowed five hits, one earned run and struck out six. She led the Terriers to a doubleheader sweep of Kenyon, 4-1 and 4-3 (8).   Senior centerfielder Mary Beth Krolikowski (Brunswick, OH/Holy Name) of Denison hit 11-for-20 (.550) with two home runs, two doubles, a triple and drove in eight while scoring eight. The Big Red swept Case, 9-3 and 11-2, and Oberlin, 12-0, and 12-0 last week to up its overall mark to 19-12 and NCAC record to 9-1.
April 13
Wooster senior righthander Katie Pifer (Meadville, PA/Meadville Area) won both of her starts last week. She went the first five innings in the Fighting Scots' 6-2 victory over Oberlin, then posted a complete-game, 5-4 decision over Kenyon. For the week, Pifer worked 12.0 innings, yielding five earned runs, scattering 22 hits and five walks, and struck out two. The Fighting Scots went 2-2 last week, splitting doubleheaders with both Oberlin and Kenyon.   Oberlin feshman Kristine Kuchta (Brookfield, IL/Lyons Twp.) batted .412 (7-for-17) with three doubles and was 4-for-4 on stolen base attempts. The Yeowomen won their first conference game since 2006 when they defeated Wooster, 4-3, in the opening game of the twinbill with the Fighting Scots.
April 6
Hiram junior Whitney Dropsey (Ashland, OH/Hillsdale) pitched 32.1 innings last week, posting a 3-2 record with a 2.17 earned-run average. She allowed 10 earned runs and struck out 21 as the Terriers went 3-1 in conference play, 3-3 overall.
Kenyon's Ellen Witkowski (Banks, OR/St. Mary's Academy) hit 9-for-18 (.500) with nine runs scored and eight RBI in the Ladies' 5-1 week. She ripped four doubles, a home run, and posted an .889 slugging percentage as Kenyon split with Ohio Wesleyan and swept both Oberlin and Mt. St. Joseph.
Mar. 30
Wittenberg senior righ-thander Rachael Hatcher (West Carrollton, OH/West Carrollton) threw two complete-game shutouts last week, claiming both of the Tigers' wins on the mound. She threw 14 innings, allowed 10 hits, three walks, struck out 14 and allowed an opponent batting average of .185. Hatcher has a current streak of 23 straight scoreless innings and has thrown three consecutive complete-game shutouts.   Allegheny sophomore catcher Marci Potuzko (Greensburg, PA/Hempfield Area) hit 7-for-9 (.778) with a triple, and seven RBI in the Gators' doubleheader sweep at Mount Union. In game one, Allegheny won 4-1, then in game two, Potuzko set a school record with six RBI in an 11-9 decision.
Mar. 23

Kenyon's Emily Ruf (Landenberg, PA/Kennett) went 1-1 on the mound with nine innings pitched, six earned runs, one walk and six strikeouts. She improved her record to 3-2 this spring.

  Denison junior Brie Berkopec (Mars, PA/Mars Area) had two doubles and two RBI to lead the Big Red to an 11-10 over defending national champion and fifth-ranked Wisconsin-Eau Claire. On Denison's spring trip, she hit .419 (13-for-31) with two home runs, five doubles, nine RBI, two walks and six runs scored, as the team went 5-7.
Mar. 16
Ohio Wesleyan junior Rachel Seibel (Johnstown, OH/Johnstown-Monroe) played in the Battling Bishops' women's basketball NCAA tournament game on Friday, March 6, then flew to Florida to join the OWU softball team. She proceeded to go 5-0 on the trip with an 0.38 earned-run average. Seibel pitched the first 3.0 innings in a combined no-hitter against Carroll then struck out six in a six-hit shutout of New Jersey City, with eight strikeouts. In a nine-inning defeat of Wheaton, Seibel fanned 10, then blew by another 12 in a two-hit win over Curry. She finished with an eight-inning complete game victory over Bowdoin, striking out seven. Her totals for the week were 37.0 innings pitched, 22 hits allowed, two earned runs, 44 K's and five walks.  
Kenyon senior Kelly Adams (Lexington, MA/Lexington) hit 13-for-29 (.448) with a .759 slugging percentage, leading the Ladies to their best ever start to a season at 7-3. Adams smashed four triples and a double in her stellar week.