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2016 NAIA Softball Players of the Week No. 1 (March 22)

March 22, 2016
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By Colbi Howser, Communications and Sports Information Intern

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Victoria Decker of Campbellsville (Ky.) has been named the NAIA National Softball Pitcher of the Week and Ariel Roder of Rio Grande (Ohio) has been named the NAIA National Softball Player of the Week, the national office announced Tuesday. Decker and Roder were selected based on their performances from March 14 – 20, and were chosen out of a pool of conference, independent and unaffiliated group winners. This is the first NAIA National Softball weekly award.

Softball Pitcher of the Week
Victoria Decker, Campbellsville (Ky.)
Sr., P, Leitchfield, Ky.
• Finished week with three wins, including a no-hitter against Brescia (Ky.), 10-0 and two wins against then-No. 2 Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) (12-3 and 7-0).
• Picked up her second save of the season in final game against Lindsey Wilson (4-3).
• Pitched 17.2 innings, striking out 17 batters, while allowing only three runs.
• Ranked No. 8 in NAIA in saves (2).
• Ranked No. 17 in opponent batting average (.26) and No. 18 in wins (9).

Softball Player of the WeekRoder_Rio Grande
Ariel Roder, Rio Grande (Ohio)
Sr. IF, Parma Heights, Ohio
• Helped her team to a 5-1 week, with wins against Pikeville (Ky.), Brescia (Ky.) and IU Southeast (Ind.).
• Had 18 at bats, connecting on 13 hits and bringing in seven runs.
• Connected on all three at bats against IU Southeast, bringing in two runs.
• Averaging 3.0 at bats, 2.2 hits and 1.2 runs.
• A batting average of .72 and slugging average of 1.17.
• Ranked 22nd in slugging percentage (.83) and 34th in total bases per game (2.5).

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Player Nominees: Amanda Williams, Missouri Baptist; Kimberly Robinson, Milligan (Tenn.); Alex Morales, Purdue Calumet (Ind.); Ashleigh Morrow, Saint Francis (Ind.); Britany Heinle, Vanguard (Calif.); Ashley Del Alto, Briar Cliff (Iowa); Brittany Arnold, Evangel (Mo.); Shayla Kaplen, British Columbia; Elyssa Melton, Georgia Gwinnett; Elisa Valenzuela, Ottawa (Kan.); Jacqueline Roof, Campbellsville (Ky.); Katie Cameron, Valley City State (N.D.); Emily Nolan, LSU Alexandria; Ashli Hafford, St. Gregory's (Okla.); Holli Brooks, Faulkner (Ala.); Jessica Adams, Warner (Fla.); Kayley Keller, Northwestern Ohio

Pitcher Nominees: Sierra Jacques, William Woods (Mo.); Jessica Goodson, Milligan (Tenn.); Ann-Marie Guischer, Oregon Tech; Nicole Nonnemacher, Saint Xavier (Ill.); Kaitlyn Sinclair, Spring Arbor (Mich.); Kendra Kuper, San Diego Christian (Calif.); Rachel Henks, Morningside (Iowa); Claudia Farrell, Grand View (Iowa); Lindsey Ogilvie, British Columbia; Gabby Markham, Ottawa (Kan.); Emily Weiss, Indiana Southeast; Alex Watson, Dickinson State (N.D.); Michelle Revels, Houston-Victoria (Texas); Tate Landmark, Science & Arts (Okla.); Taylor Powell, Auburn Montgomery (Ala.); Chelsie Valentine, Warner (Fla.); Emily Maves, Davenport (Mich.)

2015-16 Softball Composite Award Winners (Pitcher, Player)

Week 1 (March 23): Victoria Decker, Campbellsville (Ky.) , Ariel Roder, Rio Grande (Ohio)