Wisconsin’s Miller, Alabama’s Osorio garner Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division I weekly honors

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Wisconsin’s Chloe Miller and Alabama’s Alexis Osorio were selected Louisville/Slugger NFCA Division I National Player and Pitcher of the Week, respectively, for games played March 6-12, announced the Association on Tuesday afternoon.

Miller had a monster weekend at the plate for the 24th-ranked Badgers. Helping Wisconsin to a 5-0 showing the Colorado State Classic, she hit .800 (12-for-15), slugged 1.800 and registered an .842 on-base percentage. The Bettendorf, Iowa native connected on three home runs, recorded four doubles and one triple, while not striking out and walking four times. Additionally, Miller, a senior, knocked in 14 runs, including three four-RBI games, and scored 11 times.

I am unbelievably honored to be named NFCA player of the week,” said Miller. “This is one of those awards you don’t get if the rest of your line up isn’t helping and when the person behind me hits really well then they can’t pitch around. It’s nice to see all of the hard work we’ve been putting in start to pay off.”

A native of Riverside, Calif., Osorio went 4-0, including all three wins in the 11th-ranked Crimson Tide’s SEC-opening series against RV Arkansas. She tossed 19.2 shutout innings to push her current scoreless streak to a career-best 35 innings.  The hard-throwing junior fanned 39 batters, a tick under two per inning, including an 18-strikeout one-hit performance last Tuesday against Illinois-Chicago. Osorio, the 2017 NCAA leader in strikeouts, posted her third 18-plus punchout game of the year and brought her season total to 161 in just 65.2 innings of work. Named SEC Pitcher of the Week for the third time this season, Osorio surrendered just three hits, holding batters to an .066 batting average.

“This is such an honor to receive this award,” Osorio said. “Thank you to the NFCA and thank you to my teammates and coaches who have pushed me to my full potential from the start. I’m truly honored and thankful for receiving this award.”

Player of the Week
March 14 – Chloe Miller (Wisconsin)
March 7 – Alex Mycek (East Carolina)
Feb. 28 – Mo Mercado (Arizona)
Feb. 21 – Bailey Landry (LSU)
Feb. 14 – Mary Stephens (Missouri State)

Pitcher of the Week
March 14 – Alexis Osorio (Alabama)
March 7 – Kelsee Selman (Baylor)
Feb. 28 – Sam Show (Texas A&M)
Feb. 21 – Jessica Burroughs (Florida State)
Feb. 14 – Taran Alvelo (Washington)

Selected Top Performances
In just four at-bats, Sydney O’Hara of Syracuse tied an NCAA single-game record with four home runs in game two of a doubleheader at North Carolina State… Katelyn Linford, San Jose State (Mountain West Pitcher of the Week)- 5-0, save, 0.86 ERA, 23 K, 3 BB, .189 opp. BA, four-hit shutout of Pacific; Megan Good, James Madison (CAA Player of the Week)- .533, 8 H,  2B, HR, 9 RBI, 8 R, 3-0, 0.39 ERA, 1 R, 23 K, 2 BB, .117 opp. BA; Maddie Daigneau, UMBC (America East Player of the Week)- .833 (15-for-18), 2 2B, 3 3B, HR, 6 RBI, 8 R, 1.444 SLG, .842 OBP; Brooke Mann, Indiana State (MVC Player of the Week)- .833 (10-for-12), 1.417 SLG, 2 HR, 2B, 10 RBI; Emily Watson, Tulsa (American Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Week)- 2-1, 30 K, 23.1 IP, including 18 versus Texas Tech; Brittney Vansway, Utah Valley (WAC Hitter of the Week)- .615, 3 2B, 4 HR 10 RBI, 7 R; Emily Goodin, Indiana (Big Ten Freshman of the Week)- 3-0, 0 R, 21 K, 2 H, 15.1 IP; Alyssa Reuble, Seattle (WAC Pitcher of the Week)- Perfect game versus South Dakota (5 IP); Ali Herdliska, South Dakota State (Summit League Player of the Week)- .455, 6 2B, 2 3B, HR, 14 RBI, 8 R: Jordan Seneca, Saint Francis (Pa.) (NEC Co-Player of the Week)- .357, 3 HR, 11 RBI; Cheyenne McKee, Saint Francis (Pa.) (NEC Co-Player of the Week)- .667, 3 2B, HR, 5 RBI, 13 R.

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