Burlington Central graduate Kayla Oranger is having a strong season at the plate for the University of Texas-El Paso softball team.
Oranger, a senior infielder, was hitting .312 to start the week with 34 hits in a team-high 109 at-bats. She has 7 RBI and 5 walks and leads the team with 9 stolen bases in 11 attempts.
In the field Oranger has 56 putouts and 56 assists.
UTEP was 12-19 overall and 1-7 in Conference USA play to start the week.
Perryman at UMSL: Elgin High School graduate Hannah Perryman is making an immediate impact for the University of Missouri-St. Louis softball team.
The freshman pitcher was named Great Lakes Valley Conference pitcher of the week for the third time this season.
Perryman earned the honor after pitching 16 innings in 4 wins against Rockhurst and William Jewell. She had 2 wins and 1 save during the span. In those 16 innings, she struck out 38 and had a 0.88 earned-run average.
The wins improved Perryman to 10-4. To start the week Perryman was leading the team in strikeouts (170), appearances (17) and wins (10), while in league play she ranks third in strikeouts looking (27) and batting average against (. 151) and is fifth in innings pitched with 88.
Earlier in the season, Perryman tossed a no-hitter in a 3-0 win over Kentucky Wesleyan. She struck out 14 and walked only one. Perryman allowed a total of 2 baserunners in the game.
UMSL was 18-8 and 9-1 in conference play to start the week.
Mahoney at Dominican: Crystal Lake South graduate Emily Mahoney has been a key contributor on the mound for the Dominican University softball team. To start the week, Mahoney was 7-1 with a 2.72 earned-run average. She's appeared in 12 games (10 starts) and has 6 complete games and 3 shutouts. In 61 innings of work, she's allowed 54 hits and has struck out 90. Opponents are hitting only .230 against her. Mahoney was named Northern Athletics Conference Pitcher of the Week for last week. She had 23 strikeouts in 14 innings. On Wednesday, she scattered 7 hits over 10 innings and had the game-winning hit, then on Saturday she allowed just 1 hit in four innings of work in a combined shutout of Rockford.
Dominican was 12-4 overall and 4-0 in conference play to start the week.
Kay earns another award: Bartlett graduate Elizabeth Kay, a catcher-infielder for the Illinois State University softball team, was again named the Missouri Valley Conference player of the week.
This is already the third time Kay has won the award this season and she's won it the last two weeks ISU has played games.
After a recent 19-day layoff, Kay swung the ball well in the team's MVC-opening series against Southern Illinois. She hit .625 against SIU with a .750 on-base percentage and a 1.125 slugging percentage. Kay had a homer, 3 RBI, 4 walks and scored 4 runs in the series.
She extended her hitting streak to 6 games during the series, which included 5 multihit performances.
Kay went 2-for-3 with 2 runs scored in each of the first 2 games and struck a 2-run homer in the second game of the series.
At the time of the award, Kay was leading the league's highest-scoring offense in batting average (. 386), home runs (6), on-base percentage (. 495) and slugging percentage (. 636). She continues to climb her way to the program's record books as well.
At the time of the player of the week accolade, Kay ranked in the Top 15 in ISU softball history in home runs (3rd with 9), RBI (4th with 149), slugging percentage (9th at .536), runs scored (10th with 109), hits (11th with 170) and games started (12th with 193).
ISU welcomes Missouri State for a 3-game series this weekend.
Scott at Logan: Burlington Central alum Tanner Scott is a member of the John A. Logan Community College baseball team. To start the week, Scott was hitting a robust .386 with 17 hits in 44 at-bats. He has 4 doubles, 1 homer, 9 RBI and has scored 6 runs. Scott has posted a .545 slugging percentage and a .509 on-base percentage thus far. He's walked 10 times and fanned just three times. In the field he has 22 putouts, 1 assist and only 1 error for a fielding percentage of .958.
Logan was 15-13 and 3-2 in conference play to start the week.
Mychko at Illinois: Huntley graduate Jenna Mychko is a junior catcher on the University of Illinois softball team. To start the week, Mychko was hitting. 275 in 19 games for the Fighting Illini (15 starts). She has 11 hits in 40at-bats and has scored 3 runs. She also has 1 double and 7 RBI along with a. 326 on-base percentage. Behind the plate, she's been perfect with 55 putouts, 9 assists and no errors thus far. Illinois was 11-17 overall and 1-5 in Big Ten Conference play to begin the week.
Dennison at Butler: Bartlett alum Callie Dennison has played in 22 games (19 starts) thus far this season for the Butler University softball team. She has 8 hits, including a double, and 1 RBI. In the field, Dennison has 14 putouts and 3 assists. Butler started the week 10-14 overall and 2-2 in conference action.
Hardie at Winona State: Crystal Lake South product Kaitlin Hardie continues to be a key contributor to the Winona State softball team. Through the team's first 22 games, Hardie was hitting .366 (21 games, 20 starts). She had 15 hits in 41 at-bats with 14 runs scored. Included in those 15 hits were 2 doubles and a homer. She also had 14 RBI to go with a .488 slugging percentage and .491on-base percentage thanks in part to 10 walks (only 7 strikeouts).
Winona State was 16-6 and 1-1 in conference play to start the week.
Romano at Miami-Ohio: Dundee-Crown product Jake Romano is now a member of the Miami-Ohio baseball team. Romano has started 6 games this year and is hitting .381 with 8 hits in 21 at-bats. He has 6 runs scored and 4 RBI. He's walked 4 times and has a 480 on-base percentage. In the 6 games he has 12 putouts and no errors. Miami started the week 12-11 overall and 5-1 in MAC play.
Vilardo at Penn: Cary-Grove graduate Michael Vilardo now plays for the Penn baseball team. In 24 games started, Vilardo is hitting .350 in a team-best 103 at-bats. He has scored 19 runs and has 36 hits, including 13 doubles (team-best), 1 triple and 2 home runs. Vilardo has 24 RBI and owns a .553 slugging percentage to go with a .402 on-base percentage. He's been active in the field as well, making 43 putouts to go with 63 assists (. 956 fielding percentage).
Penn was 16-8 and 3-1 in Ivy League action to start the week.
Jarvis at Bradley: Burlington Central graduate Austin Jarvis is a junior catcher on the Bradley University baseball team. To start the week, Jarvis was hitting .250 with 15 hits in 60 at-bats (. 348 on-base percentage). He had 3 doubles, 6 RBI and 6 runs scored. Defensively, Jarvis has not made an error in 116 attempts (101 putouts, 15 assists). Bradley was 10-13 and 1-2 in Missouri Valley Conference play to begin the week.
Kaveney at Beloit: Cary-Grove product Ryan Kaveney is a pitcher on the Beloit College baseball team. So far, Kaveney has started 3 games (1 complete game) and has a 1-1 record with a 2.00 earned-run average. In 18 innings of work, he has allowed 15 hits and only 4 earned runs. He has 19 strikeouts and opponents are hitting .227 against him. Beloit was 3-7 overall to start the week.
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