Story by Chad Waller, Director of Communications and Sports Information
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Raeven Clark of Oklahoma Baptist has been named the NAIA Softball National Player of the Week and Megan Nonnemacher of Saint Xavier (Ill.) has been selected as the National Pitcher of the Week, the national office announced Tuesday. Clark and Nonnemacher were selected based on their performances from April 14 – 20 and were chosen out of a pool of conference, independent and unaffiliated group winners.
Clark (pictured top left), a 5-foot-8 freshman catcher from Oklahoma City, Okla., was a big reason for the Lady Bison to capture three Top 25 wins last week. Clark batted .417 (5-for-12) with six RBIs, three runs scored and three extra-base hits. She recorded hits in all four games last week, including a 2-for-3 effort in the 4-3 win over No. 9 Oklahoma City on April 15. Clark knocked out her second home run of the week and 10th of the season in that contest. Overall, she posted a 1.000 slugging percentage.
Clark ranks 27th in the NAIA with 10 home runs.
Nonnemacher (pictured right), a 5-foot-7 senior from Bloomington, Ill., recorded 23 strikeouts in 23 innings of work last week for the Cougars. She notched all three wins in shutout fashion, coming against Purdue North Central (Ind.) on April 17, William Penn (Iowa) on April 18 and Grand View (Iowa) on April 19, to improve to 17-1 on the season in the circle. Nonnemacher allowed just seven hits and two walks and held opponents to a .091 batting average. Her highlight came in the 1-0 blanking of William Penn, where she fanned 10 batters in 10 innings of work. She now has 11 career shutouts.
On the season, Nonnemacher ranks No. 5 in the NAIA in ERA (0.71) and No. 8 in opponent batting average (.160).
For a complete listing of national statistical leaders, click here.
The next NAIA National Softball Players of the Week will be announced April 29.
Player Nominees: Caroline Sicht, William Woods (Mo.); Natalie Sheffey, Milligan (Tenn.); Kara Wall, Simpson (Calif.); Parker Bonife, Northwest Christian (Ore.); Hannah Gardner, Olivet Nazarene (Ill.); Allie Foley, Marian (Ind.); Justeena Gutierrez, Dickinson State (N.D.); Breanne Gomez, Vanguard (Calif.); Heather Sabata, Hastings (Neb.); Anna O'gorman, Peru State (Neb.); Rachel Laird, Houston-Victoria (Texas); Elisa Valenzuela, Ottawa (Kan.); Karen Mao, Point Park (Pa.); Kristina Krupinski, Lindsey Wilson (Ky.); Brittany Merritt, Central Baptist (Ark.); Niki Green, St. Ambrose (Iowa); Shelby Anderson, Presentation (S.D.); Mary Jordan, Langston (Okla.); Jade Sasser, Auburn Montgomery (Ala.); Christina Horton, St. Thomas (Fla.); Kc Dunne, Davenport (Mich.).
Pitcher Nominees: Kelli Wenberg, Park (Mo.); Chancli Connatser, Milligan (Tenn.); Jennifer Sizemore, William Jessup (Calif.); Jill Suratt, Northwest Christian (Ore.); Hannah Robbins, Taylor (Ind.); Tiffany Morgan, Dickinson State (N.D.); Rachel Stalford, Vanguard (Calif.); Jill Dickson, Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.); Aubrey Utley, Central Methodist (Mo.); Griffin Gilbert, Houston-Victoria (Texas); Daria Leid, Kansas Wesleyan; Jessica Leanhart, Indiana Southeast; Jenna Jones, Rio Grande (Ohio); Kristen Hall, Central Christian (Kan.); Sam Flerlage, St. Ambrose (Iowa); Mandy Thiessen, Jamestown (N.D.); Katrisha Arocha, Our Lady of the Lake (Texas); Hannah Wilbur, Oklahoma Baptist; Cassie Daniels, Auburn Montgomery (Ala.); Robi Zimmerman, Embry-Riddle (Fla.); Bree Crampton, Madonna (Mich.).
2014 Softball Weekly Honors (Player, Pitcher):
Week 1 (March 18): Hannah Gardner, Olivet Nazarene (Ill.); Nicole Nonnemacher, Saint Xavier (Ill.)
Week 2 (March 25): Annette Merjano, Concordia (Calif.); Lucy Baldovino, Concordia (Ore.)
Week 3 (April 1): Abbey Wilmes, Grand View (Iowa); Bree Crampton, Madonna (Mich.)
Week 4 (April 8): Alyssa Miller, Ottawa (Kan.); MacKenzie Bowden, William Woods (Mo.)
Week 5 (April 15): Kamara Trice, Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.); Virginia McAndrews, Olivet Nazarene (Ill.)
Week 6 (April 22): Raeven Clark, Oklahoma Baptist; Megan Nonnemacher, Saint Xavier (Ill.)