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BYU’ Jensen-McFarland, VT’s Rochard earn 2020 Louisville Slugger/Wilson NFCA DI weekly honors

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Brigham Young University’s Rylee Jensen-McFarland and Virginia Tech’s Keely Rochard earned 2020 Division I Louisville Slugger/NFCA Player and Wilson/NFCA Pitcher of the Week honors for their outstanding play between Feb. 24-March 1.

This marks the third NFCA weekly honor for Jensen-McFarland, who earned the honor in 2017 as a freshman and last year during her junior campaign. Over five games at the Judi Garman Classic, the senior outfielder finished the weekend batting .643 (9-for-14) with eight RBI and seven runs scored. Jensen-McFarland, who double, tripled and launched three home runs, slugged 1.500 and registered a .684 on-base percentage (four walks). The Idaho Falls, Idaho native cracked long balls in three straight games, including a two-run shot versus Illinois (4-for-4, 2 RBI, 2 R). Jensen-McFarland, the West Coast Conference Player of the Week, also homered against Texas Tech and Boise State, while scoring twice in wins over Cal Poly and the Red Raiders.

Rochard, the back-to-back ACC Pitcher of the Week, was lights out over five appearances for the 19th-ranked Hokies at the JU/UNF Spring Break Challenge. The junior hurler posted a 4-0 mark with a 0.30 ERA and 44 strikeouts in 30 innings. Rochard, who is also earning her third NFCA weekly honor, went the distance in all four of her starts, including her fourth career no-hitter against host Jacksonville. Against the Dolphins, she fanned 13 batters and issued one walk. Also impressive about her weekend was a hitless streak of 43 straight at-bats between Saturday’s game against Purdue and Sunday’s against Stony Brook.

Selected Top Performances
Ashley Kriesel, Stephen F. Austin– 3-0, 0.00 ERA, 2 SHO, 34 K, BB, 6 H, 18 IP; Baylee Klingler, Washington– .733, 2B, 2 HR, 8 RBI, 4 R, 1.200 SLG, .688 OBP; Sarah Harness, Southern Illinois– 3-0, SV, 0.00 ERA, 2 SHO, 22 K, BB, 9 H (1 XBH), 15 IP; Amber Bishop, Liberty– .600, 6 H, 4 HR, 9 RBI, 5 R, 3 BB, .692 OBP, 1.800 SLG; Alysen Febrey, Oklahoma State– .533, 4 HR, 10 RBI, 1.400 SLG, .611 OBP; Mariah Lopez, Arizona– 3-0, 1.65 ERA, SHO, 23 K, 5 BB, 17 IP; Mariah Mazon, Oregon State– 3-0, 000 ERA, 2 SHO, 19 K, BB, 21 IP, .189 opp. BA; Blake Neleman, Georgia Tech– 4-0, 0.85 ERA, 32 K, 24.2 IP; Lauren Burke, Texas– .458, 11 H, 5 2B, 2 HR, 6 RBI, .917 SLG; Kyleigh Decker, Southern Illinois– .692, 9 H, 2B, 3 HR, 9 RBI, 4 R, 2 SB, .778 OBP, 1.462 SLG; Teaghan Cowles, Stanford– .571, 2 2B, 3 B, 9 R, 4 RBI, 4 SB, .600 OBP.