Kansas City, Mo. – Saint Xavier University sophomore pitcher Nicole Nonnemacher (Bloomington, Ill./Normal Community) has been named the NAIA Softball National Pitcher of the Week for the seven-day period from March 10-16 and was chosen out of a pool of conference, independent and unaffiliated group winners when the award was announced by the national office Tuesday afternoon. Nonnemacher joins Olivet Nazarene University senior second baseman Hannah Gardner, who was named the NAIA Softball National Player of the Week Tuesday, to give the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) a sweep of the two national weekly softball honors. It was the first installment of the awards for the 2014 season.
Nonnemacher threw three no-hitters en route to a 4-1 week with one save in the circle for the Cougars. The sophomore hurler, who has played a key role in SXU's 14-2 record to start the season, allowed only seven hits, while striking out 57 and walking two in 35 innings. Nonnemacher recorded double-digit strikeouts in all three no-hitters, including a near season-high 15 against Lourdes (Ohio) on March 10. On the season, Nonnemacher ranks sixth in the NAIA in opponent batting average (0.114), hits allowed per nine innings (2.75), strikeouts per nine innings (11.5) and earned run average (0.27).
Saint Xavier, ranked No. 5 in the latest NAIA poll, is off to a 14-2 start after going 8-2 in Florida this past week. After postponing two scheduled conference doubleheaders for this week due to field conditions, the Cougars hope to get on the field on Sunday, March 23, with a non-conference doubleheader against Aquinas College (Mich.) at SXU Softball Field. The first game is scheduled for a 12 p.m. start.