Mariah Jameyson wins NFCA/Louisville Slugger National Player of the Week for the second week in a row.
LOUISVILLE, Ky.– Texas A&M University-Commerce catcher Mariah Jameyson has been named the Louisville Slugger/NFCA National Player of the Week. It is the second week in a row Jameyson has received the distinction and the third time in her career. It is the first time since at least 2013 a player has been named National Player of the Week in consecutive weeks. The award was announced Wednesday by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association.
After one of the most historic weeks in Lion Softball history last week, Jameyson managed to improve her numbers this week against a nationally ranked opponent. The senior from Seattle, Wash. increased her batting average, on-base percentage and hit total against the No. 18 Cameron Aggies. She hit .875 with a .923 on-base percentage and a 2.125 slugging percentage. She reached base 12 of 13 times, drawing five walks to go with her seven hits, and had three home runs and nine RBIs. She hit a three-run homer in the first game of the series and also had a 2 RBI-single in the 10th inning that gave the Lions, ranked No. 21, the extra-inning 8-6 win on Friday. She had another three-run home run, a double and a solo home run in the second game of the series, driving in four runs in the Lions’ 11-3 win. She then reached base all three at-bats in the third game of the series with two singles and a walk.
Jameyson leads all of Division II in RBIs (35) and is in the top 20 in the nation in batting average (.551), on-base percentage (.641), slugging percentage (1.102) and total bases (54). She leads the LSC in RBIs, batting average and on-base percentage. In her last 25 plate appearances, Jameyson has 11 runs scored, 13 hits, seven home runs, 21 RBIs, 35 total bases and nine walks. She has reached on 23 of her last 25 plate appearances with a .867 batting average, a .920 on-base percentage and a 2.333 slugging percentage.
Jameyson has also won back-to-back Lone Star Conference Hitter of the Week honors. Earlier in the season, she was named one of 50 players to watch for the 2018 Schutt Sports/NFCA Division II Player of the Year award. She was also named the LSC Preseason Player of the Year.
Jameyson and the No. 11 Lions are 15-2 on the season and 5-1 in LSC play after defeating Cameron in two of three games last week. The team returns to action on Friday for a three-game road series against Midwestern State. The teams will play in a single game on Friday at 7 p.m. and a doubleheader on Saturday starting at 1:00 p.m. All games will be at Mustang Park in Wichita Falls. The Lions will then return home for a doubleheader against Missouri Western State on Monday beginning at 2:00 p.m. at the John Cain Family Softball Complex.
NFCA PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
National Player of the Week
Feb. 7 – Brooke Hodgson, Colorado Mesa
Feb. 14 – Janessa Bassett, Dixie State
Feb. 21 – Brooke Goad, Southern Arkansas
Feb. 28 – Mariah Jameyson, A&M-Commerce
Mar. 7 – Mariah Jameyson, A&M-Commerce (2)
National Pitcher of the Week
Feb. 21 – Callie Nunes, Concordia-Irvine
Feb. 21 – Kylee Smith, North Georgia
Feb. 21 – Haley Gilham, Chico State
Feb. 28 – Monique Francois, Lubbock Christian
Mar. 7 – Christine Carver, Coker
Softball catapults to No. 11 in latest NFCA ranking.
LOUISVILLE, Ky.– The Texas A&M University-Commerce softball team is now ranked No. 11 in the country in the National Fastpitch Coaches Association rankings as announced Wednesday. The Lions jumped up ten spots in the poll after two wins over a nationally ranked opponent last week.
The No. 11 Lions defeated Cameron two out of three games last week. The Aggies were ranked No. 18 last week and now come in at No. 21 in the poll. The Lions’ only other loss this season has come to Colorado Mesa, who is currently ranked No. 1 in the NFCA poll. A&M-Commerce is one of four Lone Star Conference teams in the rankings. Angelo State is ranked No. 4. West Texas A&M tied at No. 15 and Cameron is ranked No. 21.
A&M-Commerce is 5-1 in the LSC standings and will now face Midwestern State in a three-game road series to continue conference play. The teams will meet in a single game on Friday at 7:00 p.m. followed by a doubleheader matchup beginning at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday. All games will be at Mustang Park in Wichita Falls.
2018 NFCA Division II Top 25 Coaches Poll – Mar . 7 (Week 3)
|RANK||TEAM (First Place)||TOTALS||Record||Last Poll|
|1||Colorado Mesa (8)||389||18-0||3|
|2||North Georgia (9)||385||24-1||2|
|3||Dixie State (1)||378||18-0||4|
|13||Palm Beach Atlantic||190||13-2||17|
|t-15||West Texas A&M||183||13-3||9|
|25||UC San Diego||41||15-4||NR|