McMINNVILLE, Ore. – After leading No. 1 Linfield to seven victories over the past week, including three wins over nationally-ranked opponents, Claire Velaski and Emilee Lepp have been honored as the Northwest Conference Softball Pitcher and Player Student-Athletes of the Week, respectively. The honor was announced Tuesday by the league’s sports information directors.
Velaski picked up four wins on the week, including back-to-back victories in a doubleheader against Pomona-Pitzer and a complete five-inning game over Chapman. On the week, she fanned 26 batters, walking only nine, and held opposing batters to a team-low .204 batting average.
The reigning NWC Pitcher of the Year is 8-1 so far this season, with four complete games and two shutouts. She has an ERA of 2.48 and holds opposing players to a .207 batting average. Velaski is also tied for first in the conference in total strikeouts (55).
This is the second weekly award for the senior pitching ace this season, and the fifth of her career.
Teammate Lepp had a phenomenal trip to California as well.
The junior racked up six homeruns and 14 RBI over the eight games, posting a .500 batting average and 1.200 slugging percentage. She was also perfect defensively, registering a 1.000 fielding percentage in 50 total chances behind the plate.
On the season, Lepp has tallied a league-leading 10 home runs, and also leads the conference in total bases (64). She is batting .467 with a 1.067 slugging percentage.
Defensively, she sports a .991 fielding percentage with only one error over 17 games.
This is the first weekly honor of the season for Lepp, a two-time first team all-NWC selection. It is the fourth time in her career she has been honored with the weekly award, after receiving it once as a sophomore and twice as a freshman.
As a team, Linfield boasts an overall win-loss mark of 15-2 and sits in second place in the Northwest Conference with an 8-1 league record. The 'Cats lead the conference in both team batting (.417) and team pitching (2.15 ERA).
NEXT: Velaski, Lepp and the rest of the Wildcats host Yamhill County rival George Fox in a doubleheader Saturday beginning at noon.
Claire Velaski and Emilee Lepp
Led Linfield to seven wins last week
Director of Sports Information
McMinnville, OR 97128