LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Luther College’s Samantha Bratland and Rowan University’s Carly Anderson captured the final Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division III National Pitcher and Player of the Week honors of the season, respectively.
Junior right-hander Bratland went 4-0 last week to help lead the (35-8) Norse to their third-straight Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference tournament title. In the conference tournament, the Spring Grove, Minn., native won three games, with a pair of five-hitters, and four innings of no-hit ball in the other. She allowed just one earned run over 17 tournament innings in the circle.
Last Tuesday, she pitched a three-hitter and had five strikeouts in Luther’s win over Central in the first game of its final conference doubleheader of the season, to give her just one earned run allowed in 24 innings for the week.
Anderson, meanwhile, batted .435 with six runs, three doubles, two homers and five runs batted in, as the (33-10-1) Profs captured the 10th New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) tournament championship in school history.
The Nutley High graduate hit a game-tying, two-run homer in the bottom of the seventh inning of the first NJAC title game on Sunday against College of New Jersey, which Rowan won in the eighth on Morgan Smith’s single down the left field line. In the winner-take-all second championship game, junior shortstop Anderson doubled and scored the game-winning run.
Both Luther and Rowan will host NCAA regionals starting Friday.
Other Top Performances
Washington (Mo.) University junior shortstop Taylor Arends batted .615 (8-for-13) with seven runs, a homer and six RBI, while hitting safely in all four games she played last week. … Rowan sophomore pitcher Jesse DeDomenico threw a no-hitter against Ramapo in the NJAC tournament, and compiled two complete games over five appearances and three starts, going 4-1 with a 0.78 ERA, two shutouts, 15 strikeouts and a .097 opponent batting average. She also helped herself at the plate, with five hits in 17 at-bats (.294), three runs and two RBI. … SUNY Geneseo sophomore pitcher Ashlyn Kersch earned SUNYAC tournament MVP honors after leading the Knights to their first conference title since 2002. She went 3-1 for the week, including three tournament victories, and allowed a total of two earned runs while fanning 15 over 19.2 innings in four appearances.
Winners are selected by the NFCA Division III Top 25 Committee, which has a representative for each of the eight NCAA regions.
2018 Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division III National Pitcher of the Week
May 9 — Samantha Bratland, Luther College, Jr., RHP, Spring Grove, Minn.
May 2 — Anna Gernant, Calvin College, Jr., RHP, West Des Moines, Iowa
April 25 — Alanna Namit, The College of New Jersey, Fr., RHP, Mountainside, N.J.
April 18 — Jazmyn Rohrer, Westminster College (Pa.), Sr., RHP, Purcellville, Va.
April 11 — Jacqueline Spizizen, Emory University, Fr., RHP, West Bloomfield, Mich.
April 4 — Hanna Hull, Virginia Wesleyan University, So., LHP, Chesterfield, Va.
March 28 — Sydney Jones, Hope College, Sr., RHP, South Lyon, Mich.
March 21 — Jesse DeDomenico, Rowan University, So., RHP, East Windsor, N.J.
March 14 — Alanna Namit, The College of New Jersey, Fr., RHP, Mountainside, N.J.
March 7 — Hanna Hull, Virginia Wesleyan University, So., LHP, Chesterfield, Va.
Feb. 28 — Hanna Hull, Virginia Wesleyan University, So., LHP, Chesterfield, Va.
2018 Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division III National Player of the Week
May 9 — Carly Anderson, Rowan University, Jr., SS, Nutley, N.J.
May 2 — Leah Andrews, Christopher Newport University, Sr., OF, Newport News, Va.
April 25 — Rachael Payne, Christopher Newport University, Sr., SS, Stafford, Va.
April 18 — Anna Dunn, Centenary College (La.), Sr., RF, Shreveport, La.
April 11 — Madison East, University of Pittsburgh-Bradford, So., CF, Milton, Pa.
April 4 — Grace Stock, Calvin College, Fr., C, Vicksburg, Mich.
March 28 — Laurren Ladwig, Manchester University, Sr., 2B, Crown Point, Ind.
March 21 — Morgan Arst, East Texas Baptist University, So., LF, Marshall, Texas
March 14 — Vada Blue Sherrill, Pfeiffer University, Jr., SS, Hiddenite, N.C.
March 7 — Amy Large, Virginia Wesleyan University, Sr., OF, Kennett Square, Pa.
Feb. 28 — Vada Blue Sherrill, Pfeiffer University, Jr., SS, Hiddenite, N.C.