Natalie Wallace and Kasey Hall, two Mount Vernon Nazarene College athletes were honored by the National Christian College Athletic Association as the National Player of the Week in their respective sports for the week of April 13-19.
Wallace, a freshman pitcher/outfielder from Newark, Ohio, led the MVNC softball team to a 4-2 week as she batted .556 with four doubles, five runs scored, five runs batted in, and one stolen base. She was also 2-0 on the mound with a 0.58 earned run average. Besides the NCCAA honor, she was selected as the Mid-Ohio Conference Pitcher of the Week.
Wallace began the week by going 2-for-3 with two doubles in the first game of a twinbill against Ohio Dominican College. She also stole home and drove in one run. In the second game, she was 1-for-1 as a pinch hitter.
In a doubleheader against Tiffin University, Wallace was 3-for-4 with a double, a run scored, and an RBI in the first game. In the second game, she was 1-for-3 and scored the winning run in the bottom of the sixth inning as the Lady Cougars won 2-1. She earned the victory in that game as she allowed just five hits and one earned run over seven innings.
In a doubleheader at Kenyon College, Wallace went 3-for-7 over the two games with a double, two runs scored, and three RBI. She also tossed a no-hitter in the second game as she allowed just one walk.
Hall, a sophomore member of the Cougar golf team from Mount Vernon, Ohio, turned in two great performances on the links for MVNC. He fired a 75 at the Heidelberg College-Tiffin University Invitational on Monday to claim medalist honors. He helped the Cougars to a second-place finish out of 12 teams that included a win over NAIA nationally-ranked Shawnee State University.
On Friday and Saturday, Hall continued his hot play by firing a pair of 72s to finish fourth individually with a 144 at the Ashland University Invitational. As a team, MVNC finished fifth out of 16 teams as the Cougars defeated NAIA nationally-ranked Malone College and lost to four NCAA Division II schools.