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LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Boise State’s Kelsey Hall and Alabama’s Montana Fouts earned 2023 Division I Louisville Slugger/NFCA Player and Wilson/NFCA Pitcher of the Week honors. The duo is being recognized for their outstanding performances during the week of April 3-April 9. 

It marks the second straight nod for Fouts and third this season. She is the first pitcher to be recognized three times in the same season since UCF’s Shelby Turnier in 2015. The last three-time Player of the Week was Jocelyn Alo in 2022.

Fouts posted two complete-game wins over South Carolina, including a no-hitter in game two of the series. She allowed just three hits and one unearned run across 16 innings of work with 25 strikeouts. In her no-no, Fouts fanned 10 Gamecocks and walked two. A day earlier, the Grayson, Ky. native surrendered an unearned run on three hits with 15 punchouts and two free passes in a nine-inning outing. Fouts now has fanned at least 10 batters in 10 contests this season. 

Hall powered Boise State to a three-game sweep of New Mexico State last weekend. The senior outfielder was 6-for-7 (.857) with four home runs, 13 RBI and eight runs scored. She drew five walks, reached base at a .917 clip and slugged an astronomical 2.714. Hall homered twice in each of the first two contests, driving in a career-high eight runs in game one and five more in game two. In the finale, she walked four times and scored three runs. Hall also scored three runs in game two.

The Division I Louisville Slugger/NFCA Player and Wilson/NFCA Pitcher of the Week are voted on by the NFCA Division I Top 25 Poll Committee.

Selected Top Performances

Jordan Benefiel, Austin Peay – 2-0, 0.00 ERA, 2 SHO, 4 H, 13 K, BB; Mika Chong, Weber State - .600 (6-10), 3 HR, 6 RBI, 4 R, 1.500 SLG; Caitlin Coker, Boston University - .500, 10 H, 2B, 2 3B, 2 2 HR, 2 BB, HPB, 10 RBI, 8 R, 1.050 SLG, .565 OBP, 3-3 SB; Nicole Young, Yale – 1-0, SHO, 4 H, 5 K, 0 BB, .167 opp. BA; Laney Credeur, Louisiana - .750 (9-12), 2B, 3 HR, 4 R, 6 RBI, 1.583 SLG, .750 OBP; Abby Dayton, Utah - .875 (7-8), 4 R, 3 RBI, HBP, 0 K, .889 OBP, 2-2 SB; Alexa DiFeo, Akron – 1-0, SV, SHO, 0.00 ERA, 7 K, BB, 7.2 IP, .043 opp. BA; Megan Hodum, Austin Peay - .700, 7 H, 3 2B, 3 RBI, 3 R, SB, 1.000 SLG; Abby Hughes, Georgia Tech - .556/1.333/.733, 5 H, 2B, 2 HR, 7 RBI, 5 BB; Hannah James, Murray State – 2-0, SV, 0.00 ERA, SHO, 22 K, BB, H, 11.1 IP, perfect game vs. Valparaiso (9 K, 5 IP); Tori Kniesche, South Dakota State – 3-0, 2 extra-inning SHO, 0 R, 34 K, 8 H, 7 BB, 23.2 IP; Sam Landry, Louisiana – 3-0, 0.00 ERA, 6 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 10 K, .122 opp BA, SHO, 14 IP; Haley Lee, Oklahoma - .571 (4-7), 3 HR, 4 RBI, 4 R, 1.857 SLG, 2 BB, .667 OBP; Kai Luschar, Oregon - .778 (7-9), 5 R, 3 SB, RBI; Ariana Martinez, UNLV - .778, 7 H, 3 2B, 3 HR, 12 RBI, 4 R, 2.11 SLG, .818 OBP;  Sydney McKinney, Wichita State - .692, 9 H, 3B, HR, 9 RBI, 9 R, 4 BB, 2 SB, .722 OBP, 1.077 SLG; Korbe Otis, Louisville - .900, 9 H, 2B, 3B, 3 RBI, BB, 1-1 SB, 1.200 SLG, .917 OBP; Sami Reynolds, Washington - .625, 5 H, 2B, 2 HR, 5 R, 7 RBI, 3 BB, .750 OBP, 1-1 SB; Kasey Ricard, Boston University – 4-0, 0.74 ERA, SHO, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 30 K, 19 IP, .082 opp. BA, first career no-hitter vs. Holy Cross (10 K, 6 IP); Kathryn Sandercock, Florida State – 1-0, 2 SV, 0.62 ERA, CG, 6 H, R, ER, 6 K, 2 BB; Myka Sutherlin, Cal State Fullerton – 2-1, 20 K, 3 BB, 8 H, 14 IP, no-hitter vs. CSUN (9 K, 5 IP); Alana Vawter, Stanford – 2-0, 0.44 ERA, SV, 9 H, 2 BB, 8 K, 2R, ER, 16 IP, .155 opp. BA; Grace Vesco, Saint Francis (Pa.) – 2-0, 1.05 ERA, 6 H, 2 R, 21 K, .133 opp. BA, 13.1 IP; Avrey Wolverton, St. Mary’s – 2-0, SV, 0.00 ERA, 8 H, R, 9 K, BB, 14.2 IP.

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