LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Central’s Franie Burnett and Loras’ Ashlyn Hemm captured the latest Division III Louisville Slugger/NFCA Player and Wilson/NFCA Pitcher of the Week honors on Tuesday.
Burnett, a sophomore right fielder from Ankemy, Iowa, hit .667 for the week with 14 runs, two doubles, two triples, 10 RBI and 12 steals in 12 attempts. The Centennial High product tied a school record with five stolen bases in a 8-4 win over Brockport last Thursday and took hits away from opposing batters with her speedy coverage in the outfield all week (13 putouts, one assist).
Hemm, a freshman right-hander from Port Byron, Ill., fanned a school-record 20 of the 23 batters she faced in a complete-game, one-hitter against Augsburg. For the week, she was 7-0 with a save, 0.19 ERA, 84 strikeouts, 10 hits and one run allowed over 47.2 innings. For the season, Hemm ranks first in Division III in both strikeouts (128) and fewest hits allowed per seven innings (1.36),and has a 0.21 ERA and 0.41 WHIP.
Other Top Performances
Greenville freshman third baseman Mia Boyd hit .571 with four doubles, a homer and eight RBI. … Belhaven sophomore pitcher Kennedy Carruth recorded 29 strikeouts in 19 innings, while allowing just six hits and two runs. She fanned a career-high 14 against Howard Payne and was 3-0 for the week … Skidmore senior utility player Hannah Davis excelled on both sides of the ball, hitting .500 with six doubles, three triples and a homer, while also going 4-1 in the circle with four complete games, a shutout, 20 strikeouts and a one-hitter. … Tufts sophomore pitcher Sophia DiCocco went 2-0 with a save and 0.00 ERA. … Belhaven sophomore third baseman Allie Gordon went 12-for-23 (.522) with three doubles, a triple, two homers and 10 RBI, while playing perfect defense. … Hood freshman pitcher Rebecca Gottleib went 4-1 with a 1.84 ERA and 35 strikeouts over 38 innings. … Christopher Newport senior first baseman Kaitlyn Hasty batted .500 with three doubles, five homers and 16 RBI, and set the program record for career home runs (47). … Muskingum senior first baseman Haley Hawk went 12-for-20 (.600) with four doubles, a homer and seven RBI. … Oswego junior pitcher Fiona Higgins had a no-hitter and allowed just five hits overall in 17 innings with 24 strikeouts and a 1.00 ERA. … Marietta sophomore outfielder Rachel Kazmirski batted .600 with four runs, six hits, two doubles, a homer and five RBI. … WashU sophomore designated player Ashley Kennedy hit .640 with a double, triple, homer and an .880 slugging percentage. … Greenville senior pitcher Alison Klaus tossed a one-hitter on 84 pitches and recorded two of her team’s three wins. … East Texas Baptist sophomore shortstop Tristen Maddox batted .625 with a homer and RBI in all three contests. … Texas Lutheran senior second baseman Casey Martin went 10-for-20 (.500) with nine runs, seven walks, seven steals, two doubles and five RBI. … Bridgewater (Va.) sophomore pitcher Samantha Martin was 2-0 with a 0.70 ERA, and 10 strikeouts in three appearances. … Eastern Connecticut State sophomore pitcher Alexis Michon was 3-0 with a complete game, shutout, 34 strikeouts and just nine hits allowed in 18.2 innings of action. … Hood freshman infielder Jocelyn Pfleiger hit .469 with six doubles and a homer. … Wisconsin-River Falls sophomore shortstop Keegan Piton batted .536 with three doubles, 12 RBI, and six multi-hit contests. … East Texas Baptist senior pitcher Kathryn Reed had a no-hitter through five innings against McMurry and recorded a career-high 11 strikeouts against an offense that had 44 runs over the last week and a half. … Cortland senior pitcher Lindsey Richards went 3-0 with a one-hit shutout against MCLA and 17 strikeouts to one walk allowed. … Bridgewater State (Mass.) graduate center fielder Alexandra Ruprecht went 4-for-7 (.571) with five runs, eight RBI, and hit tying and go-ahead homers. … Bethel (Minn.) junior pitcher Kayla Simacek was 3-0 (and is 6-0 over her last six starts) with two complete games, 29 strikeouts and just seven hits over 19 innings. … Tufts junior shortstop Josie Steinberg hit .500 with five runs, a double, triple and four RBI. … WashU senior pitcher Holly Stoner went 3-0 with seven hits allowed over 12.2 innings. … Scranton graduate first baseman Jennifer Sweeney homered in all four of her games, including a go-ahead grand slam versus Carthage. … Scranton freshman pitcher Emma Tirollo allowed two hits over five shutout innings and had a complete-game win as well. … Moravian senior catcher Brooke Wehr batted .571 with three runs, a homer and two RBI. … Bridgewater (Va.) senior utility player Sarah Wimer hit .550 with six runs, two doubles, four homers and six RBI, while combining to make 25 putouts behind the plate and in the outfield. … Salisbury junior pitcher/utility player Lindsey Windsor went 3-0 with a no-hitter against Lynchburg and a one-hitter versus Ithaca, while also helping herself at the plate with a .500 average, double, triple, homer and six RBI. … Eastern Connecticut State graduate center fielder Cassie Woods batted .636 with 12 runs, four RBI and five steals in five attempts. … Cortland freshman second baseman Halle Wright hit .611 with three doubles, a triple and 10 RBI.
Winners are selected by the NFCA Division III Top 25 Committee, which has a representative for each of the 10 NCAA regions.
2022 Wilson/NFCA Division III National Pitcher of the Week
March 22 — Ashlyn Hemm, Loras, Fr., RHP, Port Byron, Ill.
March 15 — Ashlyn Strother, Texas Lutheran, So., RHP, Seabrook, Texas.
March 8 — Kate Alger, Christopher Newport, Fr., RHP, Staunton, Va.
2022 Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division III National Player of the Week
March 22 — Franie Burnett, Central, So., RF, Ankeny, Iowa.
March 15 — Kaitlyn Hasty, Christopher Newport, Sr., 1B, Chesapeake, Va.
March 8 — Sarah Proctor, Christopher Newport, Sr., OF, Mineral, Va.