Kent State pitcher Ronnie Ladines outshined players from several other conferences both in the circle and at the plate to take home her first career JWOS Player of the Week award.
Ladines, in a midweek doubleheader against Youngstown State and a conference series against Buffalo, helped lead her team to a 5-0 week, earning a 2-0 record in the circle herself and having a hand in each of the five wins.
After receiving a walk in a pinch-hitting appearance in the first game against Youngstown State, Ladines went 1-4 in the second game and cranked a game-winning, walk-off grand slam home run to beat the Penguins.
She hit just .200 over the weekend's three games, but scored five runs and drove in four, thanks to two home runs, both of which began or added to an onslaught of scoring for the Golden Flashes.
In the pitching circle, Ladines threw twelve innings of one-hit ball against Buffalo in two separate appearances, striking out nineteen over the course of the weekend. She collected a five-inning perfect game on Sunday, not allowing a runner to reach base and striking out four.
Ladines is the second Kent State player to receive JWOS Player of the Week honors this year, following teammate Maddy Grimm who earned the award in early April. It is the first such award for Ladines during her career.
Previous JWOS Players of the Week:
4/25 – Katiyana Mauga, Arizona
4/18 – Caroline Seitz, Mississippi State
4/11 - Maddy Grimm, Kent State
4/4 - Emily Clark, Ohio State
3/27 - Morgan Zerkle, Marshall
3/20 - Jordan Seneca, Saint Francis
3/13 - Chloe Miller, Wisconsin
3/6 - Alex Mycek, East Carolina
2/27 - Mo Mercado, Arizona