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2018 NCAC Softball Players of the Week

April 30th

Olivia Hopkins, Wittenberg
(Mason, OH/Mason) 

Wittenberg sophomore infielder Olivia Hopkins led the Gators to a perfect 6-0 record last week with sweeps Ohio Wesleyan, Hiram and Wooster to earn the top-seed in the NCAC Tournament and the program’s second-straight conference title. Hopkins batted .666 from the plate (12-for-18) with eight runs scored, 12 RBI, four home runs, a double and one stolen base. Against Ohio Wesleyan, Hopkins was 5-for-8 at the plate with six RBI, four runs scored and three home runs. 

Emma Baldwin, DePauw
(Oak Park, IL/Oak Park River Forest) 

DePauw senior Emma Baldwin led the Tigers to a 4-1 record last week, pitching in all five contests, while making three starts. In five appearances, Baldwin posted a 2-0 record and recorded two saves in the circle for the Tigers. In 19 innings pitched, Baldwin recorded a 1.11 ERA with 19 strikeouts, allowing 16 hits and three earned runs while limiting opponents to a .213 batting average.

April 23rd

Jessica Zavolta, Allegheny
(Level Green, PA/Penn-Trafford) 

Allegheny senior catcher Jessica Zavolta led the Gators to a perfect 6-0 record last week, including two NCAC series sweeps against Wooster and Ohio Wesleyan. Against OWU, Zavolta ripped a three-run home run and produced the walk-off hit in the 8-7 victory in game one. In game two, Zavolta had the game-winning RBI in a 7-6 victory. On the week, Zavolta hit .529 (9-for-17) with nine RBI and a .765 slugging percentage. 

Chelsea Zang, Wittenberg
(Cincinnati, OH/Seton) 

Wittenberg senior Chelsea Zang helped the Tigers to a conference sweep of DePauw and Oberlin last week, extending Wittenberg’s win streak to seven. In two appearances, Zang posted a 2-0 record in the circle for the Tigers. In 14 innings pitched, Zang recorded a 1.29 ERA with five strikeouts, allowing 12 hits and two earned runs.

April 16th

Maddy Chase, Wooster
(Pleasant Prairie, WI/St. Joseph’s) 

Wooster senior Maddy Chase had a great week at the plate to help lead the Scots to a 2-2 mark. In four games she went 9-for-13 (.692) with five runs scored and two RBI. Chase moved into third all-time in hits in program history in the Scots sweep of Oberlin. She piled up 13 total bases, a slugging percentage of 1.000 with four doubles and a .733 on-base percentage and one stolen base. 

Sarah Herold, Denison
(Oak Park, IL/Carl Sandburg) 

Denison senior Sarah Herold posted a perfect 2-0 record in the circle last week to help the Big Red to a 4-2 record, including a 3-1 mark in NCAC play. In 17 innings of work, Herold held opponents to a .242 batting average, allowing just three earned runs while striking out 16. Herold made three starts, pitching one complete game on the week and held a 1.24 ERA.

April 9th

Jordyn Fera, DePauw
(Hoffman Estates, IL/Hoffman Estates) 

DePauw sophomore Jordyn Fera led the Tigers to a 2-1 non-conference mark last week with victories over Anderson and Buena Vista. Fera had a break-out week, hitting .800 (8-for-10) over a three-game stretch. In that same span, she scored four times, plated five RBI, hit two home runs and slugged 1.500. Fera hit safely in all three games and had an extra base hit in each contest. 

Sarah Herold, Denison
(Oak Park, IL/Carl Sandburg) 

Denison senior Sarah Herold made three appearances inside the circle last week, going 2-1 in three starts. Herold fanned eight batters over seven innings in a 7-1 win over Kenyon and collected her second win of the week with a nine strikeout performance in five innings of a 12-0 victory against Oberlin. Herold’s third start of the week came in a tough luck, 1-0, loss against Thomas More in which she struck out eight allowing her only earned run in 19 total innings of work. On the week, Herold posted a 0.37 ERA, allowing just one earned run and limiting opponents to just .164 at the plate.

April 2nd

Victoria Toetz, Wittenberg
(Indianapolis, IN/Bishop Chatard) 

Wittenberg sophomore Victoria Toetz led the Tigers to a series sweep of Allegheny last weekend to open up NCAC play this season. In the two games, Toetz batted .625 (5-for-8) with two home runs, two runs scored and six RBI. 

Devin Pieper, DePauw
(Lansing, IL/Thornton Fractional South) 

DePauw sophomore Devin Pieper helped the Tigers jump out to a 4-0 record in NCAC play after her complete game performance against Hiram. She earned her first win of the season after tossing a two-hit shutout with 12 strikeouts against the Terriers in seven innings of work. In three appearances last week, Pieper allowed just five hits and limited opponents to a .185 average at the plate. 

March 26th

Grace Finn, Kenyon
(Escondido, CA/Escondido) 

Kenyon freshman Grace Finn led the Ladies in hits and doubles during the two doubleheaders against Case Reserve and Marietta. Her best performance game in Kenyon’s came one win against Marietta where she went 4-for-4 with three doubles and three RBI. In the four games, Finn batted .583 (7-for-12) with five doubles, four runs scored, five RBI, 12 total bases and two stolen bases.

Maddy Chase, Wooster
(Pleasant Prairie, WI/St. Joseph’s) 

Wooster senior Maddy Chase paced the Scots in the circle as she posted a 1-1 record and earned a save last week in three appearances. The right-hander threw 16 innings, allowed 16 hits, and only two earned runs. She started two games, one being a complete game win over Bowdoin. Chase even earned a save last week as she closed out a 3-1 win over Manchester. In her three appearances, Chase finished with a 1.12 ERA and opponents hit a mere .262 against her. 

March 19th

Madi Drabick, Ohio Wesleyan
(Mt. Vernon, OH/Mt. Vernon) 

Ohio Wesleyan freshman Madi Drabick was the catalyst for the Bishops offensively on their spring break trip that wrapped up last week, posting a 7-3 record. Drabick .486 (18-of-37) with three doubles and three home run over the course of the opening week of her collegiate career. She drove in 18 runs, scored 14 runs and posted a .811 slugging percentage. 

Sarah Herold, Denison
(Oak Park, IL/Carl Sandburg) 

Denison senior Sarah Herold fired a complete game, one-hit shutout helping lead the Big Red to a 1-0 win over Hanover on Sunday afternoon in Danville, Kentucky. Herold faced only three batters over the minimum. She did not allow a hit until there were two outs in the sixth inning. Herold struck out seven, walked one and hit one batter. 

March 12th

Kaitlyn Hager, Hiram
(Rohnert Park, CA/Rancho Cotate) 

Hiram freshman Kaitlyn Hager made her college debut last week at the 2018 Tucson Invitational making an appearance all 10 games as the Terriers posted a 4-6 record. The Terriers outfielder posted a .600 (18-of-30) batting average, with seven extra base hits, including two home runs. She scored 14 runs, had seven RBI and produced a .967 slugging percentage.

Baylee Tarnowski, Allegheny
(Dunkirk, NY/Fredonia) 

Allegheny junior Baylee Tarnowski picked up a pair of wins to open the season. In her first action of the year, Tarnowski allowed just two hits and two runs in a 4-2 win over SUNY Potsdam, striking out six and walking just one batter. In an 8-0 win over St. Joe’s - Brooklyn, Tarnowski pitched a six-inning shutout, allowing five hits with a pair of strikeouts. On the week, Tarnowski posted a 2-0 record with a 1.08 ERA, allowing just two earned runs and limiting opponents to just .156 at the plate. 

March 5th

Becca St. Germain, DePauw
(Plainfield, IL/Plainfield South) 

DePauw freshman Becca St. Germain had an outstanding start to her collegiate career. The Tigers catcher posted a .542 (13-of-24) batting average, hitting safely in all seven games she played. She scored six runs, had 11 RBI and produced a .833 slugging percentage.

Keely Sweet, Kenyon
(Glencoe, MO/Westminster Christian) 

Kenyon sophomore Keely Sweet made an appearance in three of the first four Ladies games this season. She got two starts, threw a little more than 14 innings and didn’t allow a run. She yielded just four hits and struck out six. She earned a 3-0 record and opponents hit just .091 off her.