Starksville, MS -- Senior Alanna Hadley has been named the Louisville Slugger Division II National Pitcher of the Week for games played March 19-25. She is the first to earn the national honor since Morgan Johnson did it during the 2010 season. Hadley joins Johnson and former Blazer Stephanie Carlson as the only VSU softball players to earn the honor.
Hadley was 3-0 with two saves over five appearances for the newly crowned top-ranked Blazers last week. She finished the week with a 0.66 ERA, 11 hits, 16 strikeouts and just two earned runs and five walks over 21.1 innings of work. She also limited her opponents to a paltry .148 batting average over the five-game stretch.
Of her five appearances last week, the Dacula, Ga., native went the distance in three of them, while also notching two solo shutouts. In her 2.1 innings of relief work, Hadley allowed no runs, no walks and just one hit to earn her first two saves of the season.
Wednesday she led VSU past Saint Leo, picking up two wins on the day to start her new week. She struck out five, walked three and gave up one earned run and four hits in 9.1 innings. She forced Saint Leo to just a .143 batting average.
On the year, Hadley is now 14-1 with a 0.72 ERA, a .170 opponents’ batting average and 74 strikeouts.
Valdosta State took over the top spot in this week’s NFCA Division II Top 25 poll, is currently 27-2 on the year and a perfect 12-0 in Gulf South play. This week, the Blazers started off with a sweep of Saint Leo to defend their ranking. Next up, they travel to Christian Brothers and Delta State this weekend for a pair of league doubleheaders.