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OC Sports Softball Players of the Week: March 25-31
 April 3, 2013

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Hailey Torrez (Central Arizona), Laura Downs (Hillsborough CC, Fla.), Sierra Rodriguez (Phoenix College, Ariz.), Rhionnon Cox (South Suburban, Ill.) and Haley Husom (Century College, Minn.) have been named OC Sports NJCAA softball players of the week for games March 25-31.


DIVISION I PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Hailey Torrez – Central Arizona College
Catcher – Broomfield, Calif. – Legacy High School

The No. 3 Vaqueras extended their win streak to 13 games last week behind Torrez’ 1.526 slugging percentage. Going yard in over half of her hits, Torrez hammered six homeruns and five singles on the week. The sophomore compiled a .579 batting average (11-for-19) with 11 RBIs and five runs scored. Thus far in 2013, Torrez is batting for a .420 average with 11 homeruns and 39 RBIs.



DIVISION I PITCHER OF THE WEEK

Laura Downs – Hillsborough Community College, Fla.
Right-Handed Pitcher – Boynton Beach, Fla. – Park Vista Community High School

Going 3-1 in their four games last week, the Hawks earned all three of their victories off the arm of Downs. The sophomore hurler pitched back-to-back complete game shutouts in a double-header at State College of Florida. Downs came back two days later to defeat South Florida State 3-1, giving up only one run on six hits in seven innings of work. Punching out 25 batters on the week, Downs pushed her strikeout total this season to 172 which ranks third in the nation.


DIVISION II PLAYER OF THE WEEK  

Sierra Rodriguez – Phoenix College, Ariz.
Shortstop – Chandler, Ariz. – Basha High School

Rodriguez propelled the Bears to a 4-0 record last week, extending their win streak to 15 games. The sophomore had a .615 batting average (8-for-13) and scored five runs. Rodriguez hit two homeruns on the week and recorded seven RBIs. The No. 2 Bears’ top hitter this season, Rodriguez is batting for a team-high .529 average and ranks second in DII with 55 RBIs.



DIVISION II PITCHER OF THE WEEK

Rhionnon Cox – South Suburban College, Ill.
Right-Handed Pitcher – Griffith, Ind. – Griffith High School

In four appearances last week for the Bulldogs, Cox went 2-1 and racked up 33 strikeouts in 22 innings pitched. Cox delivered a complete-game shutout against DIII No. 2 Rock Valley College (Ill.), giving up only two hits while striking out 12 in South Suburban’s 2-0 victory. The freshman closed out the week with six shutout innings and nine strikeouts in an 8-0 win over Carl Sandburg College (Ill.). On the season, Cox boasts a team-low 2.67 ERA and a team-high 53 strikeouts.


DIVISION III PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Haley Husom – Century College, Minn.
Shortstop – Maplewood, Minn. – North St. Paul High School

The Wood Ducks started their 2013 campaign on the right foot, winning their first three games of the season behind Husom’s offensive effort. The freshman had a .700 batting average (7-for-10), cranking three doubles and a triple for a 1.200 slugging percentage. On the week, Husom drove home six runs while scoring six of her own. Early in the season, Husom has already positioned herself as one of Century’s top hitters.


DIVISION III PITCHER OF THE WEEK
There were no pitchers nominated in Division III.


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Softball Players of the Week (Feb. 18-24)
DI Player: Stephanie Mark (1B) – Seward County CC, Kan.
DI Pitcher: Haley Grantham (RHP) – Baton Rouge CC, La.
DII Player: Erin Dixson (P) – Northeast Mississippi CC
DII Pitcher: Erin Dixson (RHP) – Northeast Mississippi CC
DIII Player: None
DIII Pitcher: None

Softball Players of the Week (Feb. 25 – March 3)
DI Player: Casey Hargett (C) – Pitt CC, N.C.
DI Pitcher: Ollivia McLemore (RHP) – Gulf Coast State, Fla.
DII Player: Kyleigh Hanson (1B) – Mesa CC, Ariz.
DII Pitcher: Samantha Buller (RHP) – Jones County JC, Miss.
DIII Player: None
DIII Pitcher: None

Softball Players of the Week (March 4-10)
DI Player: Emery Fox (1B) – Western Oklahoma State
DI Pitcher: Ollivia McLemore (RHP) – Gulf Coast State, Fla.
DII Player: Kaley Pyles (SS) – Highland CC, Kan.
DII Pitcher: Jackie Aguilar (LHP) – Mesa CC, Ariz.
DIII Player: None
DIII Pitcher: None

Softball Players of the Week (March 11-17)
DI Player: Katie Gentle (LF) – Wallace State-Hanceville, Ala.
DI Pitcher: Karla Claudio (RHP) – Santa Fe College, Fla.
DII Player: Christina Beam (2B) – Heartland CC, Ill.
DII Pitcher: Casey Baddley (RHP) – Northwest Mississippi CC
DIII Player: Kara Ekx (3B) – Rock Valley College, Ill.
DIII Pitcher: None

Softball Players of the Week (March 18-24)
DI Player: Katie Gentle (LF) – Wallace State-Hanceville, Ala.
DI Pitcher: Jaimee Radel (RHP) – Pitt CC, N.C.
DII Player: Brittany Dvorak (P/1B) – Phoenix College, Ariz.
DII Pitcher: Julienne Broussard (RHP) – LSU-Eunice, La.
DIII Player: Megan Garding (2B) – St. Cloud TCC, Minn.
DIII Pitcher: None

Softball Players of the Week (March 25-31)
DI Player: Hailey Torrez (C) – Central Arizona
DI Pitcher: Laura Downs (RHP) – Hillsborough CC, Fla.
DII Player: Sierra Rodriguez (SS) – Phoenix College, Ariz.
DII Pitcher: Rhionnon Cox (RHP) – South Suburban, Ill.
DIII Player: Haley Husom (SS) – Century College, Minn.
DIII Pitcher: None



























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