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North Carolina’s Kristen Brown and Notre Dame’s Rachel Nasland receive recognition
GREENSBORO, N.C. (theACC.com) – North Carolina shortstop Kristen Brown has been named this week’s Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Week, while Notre Dame’s Rachel Nasland earned ACC Pitcher of the Week honors.
Brown continues to thrive at the plate, belting four more long balls this week to bring her total up to 17 on the season. She blasted a three-run home run against James Madison to keep UNC alive in the first game of a doubleheader and belted two more, a three-run and a solo shot, in a one-sided win over Virginia in game two of that series. In game three of the sweep, the nation’s leader in homers hit a two-run dinger, her 13th in the last 15 games, to break the UNC record for home runs in a single-season. To go along with her home runs, the junior finished the week with nine hits, 13 RBI and seven runs while hitting .529 with a 1.294 slugging percentage.
Nasland, the two-time defending ACC Pitcher of the week, ran her consecutive wins streak to six straight decisions with a 2-0 weekend and 0.50 ERA for Notre Dame against #24 Virginia Tech. Nasland surrendered one run (on a wild pitch) over 14 full innings, scattering eight hits to Virginia Tech hitters. She walked two and struck out 14 Hokie batters in a pair of complete game efforts (including her fifth shutout of 2015). Nasland ran her consecutive scoreless innings streak in conference play to 16 straight with a five hit shutout against Virginia Tech to open the series on Saturday. The San Diego, California native scattered five hits on the day, walking one and striking out eight batters. Nasland returned to throw game one of Sunday’s doubleheader and yielded her only run of the weekend on a wild pitch. Virginia Tech managed only three hits during the contest, with an additional runner reaching by way of a walk, while Nasland posted another six strikeouts. Nasland is undefeated in her past five ACC decisions, allowing only two earned runs (0.42 ERA) over 33 full innings pitched against league opponents since March 15. She has walked nine foes during that span, adding 34 strikeouts to her cause. In 11 appearances (10 starts) against top 25 opponents in 2015, the Irish sophomore is 5-3 with a 1.57 ERA and one save, striking out 50 in 62.1 innings against ranked foes.