Courtesy: MAAC Sports

Siena's Hess, Marist's Van Alphen & Manhattan's Williams Take Home MAAC Softball Weekly Awards

Courtesy:  MAAC Sports
Release:  April 11, 2017

Player of the Week

Paige Hess, Siena

Jr., INF, Gilbert, AZ/Campo Verde

In the Siena’s doubleheader sweep over Fairfield, Paige Hess went 3-4 at the plate. The junior infielder totaled five RBI on the day, added three walks, and a hit by pitch for an .875 on-base percentage. Hess ended the first game of the series early with a walk-off grand slam to give Siena the 10-2 win. In game two, Hess singled twice and added one RBI in another Saints victory.

Pitcher of the Week

Jessica Van Alphen, Marist

R-Sr., P, Hudson, NY/Ichabod Crane

Jessica Van Alphen had an ERA of 0.00, a record of 1-0, and one save in her two appearances (one start) this week. In 8.0 innings, she recorded 10 strikeouts while allowing just five hits. The only walk she permitted all week was intentional. The opposition hit just .143 against her. In her first appearance of the week, she recorded a save in 2.0 scoreless innings in Marist’s 4-1 victory against Fairfield. She had one strikeout, and threw 19 of her 24 pitches for strikes. Against Iona the following day, she threw a 6.0 inning complete game shutout in Marist’s 8-0 victory. She struck out a career-high nine and gave up only three hits. She retired nine straight batters between the first and fourth innings, and struck out the side in the second inning.

Rookie of the Week

Nicole Williams, Manhattan

Fr., P, Ansonia, CT/St. Joseph's

Nicole Williams capped Manhattan’s first-ever sweep at Canisius with a complete game win in game two of the doubleheader. After allowing a second inning homer (the only run she allowed), she retired 12 straight Griffs before a leadoff single in the sixth. Williams struck out nine hitters during that stretch. She struck out the side in the third and again in the fifth as part of a 10-strikeout performance. Williams struck out every Canisius starter at least once and held the Griffs to just three hits in the 3-1 victory.

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