2019 NAIA Softball Players of the Week - No. 2 (March 26)

2019 NAIA Softball Players of the Week - No. 2 (March 26)

KANSAS CITY, MO. - Jaci Smith of Oklahoma City has been named the NAIA National Softball Player of the Week and Emily Cerny of Science & Arts (Okla.) has been named the NAIA National Softball Pitcher of the Week, the National office announced Tuesday.

Softball Player of the Week 
Jaci Smith of Oklahoma City
5-8, SR, C, Godley, Texas

Jaci Smith hit two home runs with 12 RBIs in Oklahoma City University's 24-0 and 16-0 doubleheader sweep of Central Christian (Kan.) on Wednesday in McPherson, Kan.

  • Weekly Stats
    • Batted .722. Scoring 11 runs with two home runs, 17 RBI
    • Had slugging percentage of 1.222
    • Matched her career best with seven runs driven in during the second game of the twin bill
    • Helped her team go 4-0 in the last week

Softball Pitcher of the Week 
Emily Cerny of Science & Arts (Okla.)
5-3, SO, P, Newcastle, OK

Cerny was lights out this week, throwing a one-hit, complete game shutout

  • Weekly Stats
    • Cerny struck out 30 batters in 14 innings pitched
    • 0.50 ERA
    • Cerny earned a 2-0 record this week
    • She has struck out 72 batters in only 39 innings pitched this season
Player Nominees: Molly Carter, Columbia (Mo.) ; Baylee Sutton, Tennessee Wesleyan ; Mikaeli Davidson, Embry-Riddle (Ariz.) ; Trystin Crofts, College of Idaho ; Jensen Crenshaw, St. Francis (Ill.) ; Shelbie Stotts, Marian (Ind.) ; Morgan Zimmermann, Menlo (Calif.) ; Tori Homolka, Concordia (Neb.) ; Kaleigh Bayless, MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.) ; Summer Collins, Kentucky Christian ; Kerrigan Simons, Bethel (Kan.) ; Claire Shoffit, Dickinson State (N.D.) ; Bailey Mccleary, LSU Alexandria (La.) ; Justice Kline, Indiana Southeast (Ind.) ; Tianna Castillo, Blue Mountain (Miss.) ; Paige Alt, Coastal Georgia ; Ashley Helmink, Siena Heights (Mich.)

Pitcher Nominees: Lexi Dickerson, Columbia (Mo.) ; Karley Hobbs, Truett-McConnell (Ga.) ; Rose Soza-Gonzalez, Benedictine Mesa (Ariz.) ; Colette Robert, College of Idaho ; Hannah Vachon, St. Francis (Ill.) ; Shelby Herron, Marian (Ind.) ; Kolbi Tonini, Vanguard (Calif.) ; Jaylee Hinrichs, Midland (Neb.) ; Olivia Brees, Baker (Kan.) ; Taylor Coleman, Kentucky Christian ; Christie Betker, McPherson (Kan.) ; Emily Smith, Valley City State (N.D.) ; Kelsey Tidrick, Houston-Victoria (Texas) ; Karina Atanacio, WVU Tech ; Caitlin Perry, Faulkner (Ala.) ; Hannah Bodenhorn, Southeastern (Fla.) ; Kelsey Uhl, Siena Heights (Mich.)

2018-19 Softball Composite Award Winners (Pitcher, Player)

Week 1 (March 20): Gabby Sandoval, Southern Oregon , Juli King, Union (Ky.)
Week 2 (March 27): Emily Cerny, Science & Arts (Okla.) , Jaci Smith, Oklahoma City

Championship Information

NAIA Softball Championship


May 11-13, 2020
National Championship Opening 
Round – Campus Sites

May 21-27, 2020
Columbus, Georgia