LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Kate Alger and Sarah Proctor gave NFCA Leadoff Classic champion Christopher Newport a sweep of the first Division III Wilson/NFCA Pitcher and Louisville Slugger/NFCA Player of the Week honors of the 2022 season on Tuesday.
Alger, a freshman pitcher from Staunton, Va., had a perfect game against then-No. 16 Trine broken up in the seventh inning, leading to a one-hit shutout, then tossed a perfect inning of relief in a victory over RV Emory. She also twirled a three-hit shutout of Pomona-Pitzer to help the Captains go 6-0 at the Leadoff in Columbus, Ga., over the weekend. For the tournament, Alger was 2-0 with a 0.00 earned-run average, four hits and two walks allowed, and 20 strikeouts in 13 innings.
Meanwhile, her Christopher Newport teammate Sarah Proctor was similarly successful, hitting .647 (11-for-17) over the six tournament games, with a double, triple, two homers and six RBI. The senior outfielder from Mineral, Va., also scored 11 runs, stole four bases and compiled a 1.176 slugging percentage.
Other Top Performances
Greenville freshman pitcher Melissa Bernal went 2-0 with five runs allowed over 55 batters and just three walks. … East Texas Baptist sophomore center fielder Sarah Bledsoe hit .611 with 11 hits, a double and four RBI at the Leadoff. … Belhaven sophomore pitcher Kennedy Carruth went 4-0 at the Leadoff, with just three earned runs over 20.2 innings (1.04 ERA) and 33 strikeouts. … Greenville freshman second baseman Madison Case batted .559 with 19 hits, three doubles and seven runs scored, while striking out just twice in 34 plate appearances. … East Texas Baptist sophomore pitcher Hannah Kelley went 3-0 at the Leadoff, with a complete game, just three walks and 15 strikeouts over 14.2 innings. … Belhaven freshman first baseman Ellie Jones hit .526 with two doubles, a homer and seven RBI at the Leadoff. … Houghton sophomore second baseman Carlee Miller batted .400 with two doubles, a homer and 11 RBI. … Bridgewater (Va.) senior second baseman Torie Shifflett hit .440 with 10 runs, two doubles, a homer, six walks and five RBI. … Lynchburg junior first baseman Sophie Tully hit .706 with three doubles, two triples, a homer and 15 RBI, while riding an eight-game hit streak. … Calvin senior catcher Addi Warner hit .414 and slugged .818 over 10 games, with six doubles, two homers and seven RBI. … Bridgewater (Va.) senior utility player Sarah Wimer hit .333 with seven runs, a double, two homers (one a grand slam) and 12 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 8 — Kate Alger, Christopher Newport, Fr., RHP, Staunton, Va.
2022 Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division III National Player of the Week
March 8 — Sarah Proctor, Sr., OF, Mineral, Va.