April 4, 2007
NAIA Softball Player of the Week
Indiana Tech utility player Jessica Williams is this the NAIA Softball Player of the Week after helping Indiana Tech to a 4-3 mark in seven games with a .667 batting average and a slugging percentage of 1.190.
Williams opened the week by going 5-for-6 in a double-header split against Tri State University, belting a home run in each game and driving in seven combined, including five RBIs in a 4-for-4 outing in an 8-6 game two win.
Indiana Tech then moved into a doubleheader against Huntington (Ind.), and Williams went 2-for-6 in the two game set, drawing a walk in the opening game. Indiana Tech followed by sweeping a double-header from Concordia (Mich.), as Williams opened the twinbill with a 3-for-4, two-RBI performance in a 4-1 win in the opener. She then helped Indiana Tech win game two 11-0 with a 1-for-2 game at the plate, driving in two with a walk and a base hit. She also scored a run in each game.
Indiana Tech closed the week with a loss to Aquinas (Mich.), a game in which Williams went 3-for-3 with a run scored, two doubles, a home run and three RBIs. She finished the week 14-of-21 at the plate with six runs scored, three home runs, 14 driven in and two walks.
Other nominees included: Stephanie Stowe, Columbia (Mo.); Angelica DeVries, Houston Baptist; Allison Horton, Campbellsville (Ky.); Nicole Barker, Saint Xavier (Ill.); Gina Schneider, Ohio Dominican; Nikkie Marcoux, Jamestown (N.D.); Jill Prather, Park (Mo.); Alicia King, Virginia-Wise; Amanda Doherty, Oregon Tech; Jessica Eggold, Belhaven (Miss.); Chantal Millard, California Baptist; Brittany Kelley, Savannah Art & Design (Ga.).
Saint Xavier (Ill.) pitcher Ashley Shearer is the NAIA Softball Pitcher of the Week after turning in a pair of conference wins and a five-inning perfect game to open the week.
Shearer started off with her marquee performance of the week, striking out nine in five innings for a perfect game, 11-0 win over Calumet St. Joseph (Ind.). She then followed the outing with four fanned batters and only one walk in a two-hit shut-out win over Purdue-North Central (Ind.).
Shearer allowed only two hits on the week and struck out 13 batters, allowing only one walk and compiling a 0.00 ERA on the week. She pitched 12.0 innings over the two-game span, helping Saint Xavier to two of its four wins on the week with a pair of complete-game performances.
Other nominees this week included: Katie Zillner, Albertson (Idaho); Chelsey White, Bellevue (Neb.); Erinne Metler, Geneva (Pa.); Kelly Vooris, Campbellsville (Ky.); Kelly Baumert, Morningside (Iowa); Megan Neale, Bacone (Okla.); Elisabeth Barber, Shorter (Ga.); Amanda Wheeler Sims, Virginia-Wise; Christa Hummer, William Woods (Mo.); Jennifer Olvera, Vanguard (Calif.); Meghan Temple, Savannah Art & Design (Ga.), Brittney Hire, Bethel (Ind.).