March 27, 2012
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Jennifer Ringle of Lee (Tenn.) has been tabbed as the NAIA National Softball Player of the Week and Nickayla Skinner of College of Idaho has been named the NAIA National Softball Pitcher of the Week, the national office announced Tuesday. Ringle and Skinner were chosen based on their performances from March 19 – 25 out of a pool of conference player of the week selections among 24 conference/independent/unaffiliated groupings.
Ringle, a Rio Vista, Calif., native, hit a blistering .733 (11-for-15) in leading the Lady Flames to four victories on the week. Her biggest performance came in a 19-5 non-conference rout of Point (Ga.) on March 21 when she went 4-for-4 with a grand slam, a double, six RBIs and three runs scored. She followed that up with a 2-for-3 effort that included another home run and two runs in Lee’s 8-0 shutout of Point in the second game of the doubleheader. She recorded her second four-hit game of the week on March 24 in a 13-5 blowout over conference foe Brewton-Parker (Ga.).
The 5-foot-2 junior infielder finished the week with two home runs, 10 RBIs and nine runs. Ringle ranks sixth nationally in triples (5), 10th in hits (47) and 24th in runs scored (31).
Skinner, a native of Mountain Home, Idaho, continued her dominant work in the circle for the Lady Yotes. She began her week by tossing a seven-inning, 12-strikeout, two-hit shutout in a 4-0 win over Concordia (Ore.) on March 23. She then fired another shutout two days later against Eastern Oregon as she allowed just one hit while again striking out a dozen batters. The 5-foot-7 sophomore workhorse also notched a five-inning, two-hit shutout in an 8-0 win over Northwest Christian (Ore.) on March 24, which ended up being the second of three shutouts in as many days.
For the week, Skinner went 3-1 with a save in 25 innings of work. She struck out 37 hitters and allowed only nine hits and seven walks. She ranks second in the NAIA in saves (5), fourth in fewest hits allowed per nine innings (3.62), fifth in opponent batting average (.119), sixth in strikeouts (122), seventh in ERA (0.72) and 13th in wins (11). In her last 39.2 innings pitched, Skinner has surrendered just one run.
For a complete listing of all the national statistical leaders, click here.
Player Nominees: Kathryn Wardian, Bellevue (Neb.); Kari Tall-Domingos, Evangel (Mo.); Heather Haegele, Jamestown (N.D.); Jennifer Simons, Concordia (Calif.); Olivia Kline, SCAD Savannah (Ga.); Luisa Bar, St. Gregory's (Okla.); Taylor Lipps, Park (Mo.); Allison Blackwood, Cumberland (Tenn.); Julia Willison, Southern Oregon; Taylor Mackey, Dakota State (S.D.); Emily Whetstone, Ashford (Iowa); Tykee McGaha, Southwest (N.M.); Jordan Batliner, Indiana Southeast; Camille McIver, Bethany (Kan.); Emily Priar, Lindsey Wilson (Ky.); Ashley Morran, Point Park (Pa.); Gina Loflin, Union (Ky.); Dana Runyan, Indiana Wesleyan; Alannah Johns, William Jessup (Calif.); Samantha Jones, Purdue North Central (Ind.); Kathy Curtis, Midland (Neb.); Kasey Trierweiler, Madonna (Mich.).
Pitcher Nominees: Taylor Mohler, Bellevue (Neb.); Maegan Ramirez, Our Lady of the Lake (Texas); Taylor Richter, Columbia (Mo.); Sydnee Schorr, SCAD Savannah (Ga.); Allison Conyers, St. Gregory's (Okla.); Taylor Hayes, Siena Heights (Mich.); Anna Maness, Brenau (Ga.); Courtney Maynard, Cumberland (Tenn.); Kayla Duke, Indiana Southeast ; Jennifer Garcia, Bethany (Kan.); Jennifer Whitehead, William Penn (Iowa); Kate Reese, Point Park (Pa.); Kayla Williams, Georgetown (Ky.); Maggie Holmberg, Baker (Kan.); Brandi Nekrassoff, Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.); Molly Long, Huntington (Ind.); Haley Brannon, Reinhardt (Ga.); Emily Buhrkuhl, William Jessup (Calif.); Sarah Boyer, Judson (Ill.); Alexis Alonzo, Hope International (Calif.).
2012 Softball Weekly Honors (Player; Pitcher):
Week 1: Jordan Reynolds, Olivet Nazarene (Ill.); Brooke Thomas, Union (Tenn.)
Week 2: Brittany Kent, Lubbock Christian (Texas); Kelly Robey, Union (Tenn.)
Week 3: Jennifer Ringle, Lee (Tenn.); Nickayla Skinner, College of Idaho