LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Belhaven’s Kennedy Carruth and George Fox’s Claire Fountain scored the eighth Division III Wilson/NFCA Pitcher and Louisville Slugger/NFCA Player of the Week honors of the 2021 season on Wednesday.
Carruth, a sophomore right-hander from St. Francisville, La., earned her second national Pitcher of the Week honor this season, after limiting then-No. 4 East Texas Baptist to two bunt singles in the first game and just four hits in a second victory. The Coastal Alabama South Community College product fanned eight Tigers over the two complete games and allowed just two earned runs over 14 innings in the circle for the No. 6 Blazers.
Fountain, meanwhile, continued to power her George Fox squad, adding six homers to her Division III-best 16 for the season, and broke the Bruins’ single-season records for home runs and runs batted in (48). She was 3-for-3 with three homers and six RBI in Sunday’s win over Whitworth, and batted .615 for four games, with 12 RBI, two walks, a .667 on-base percentage, a 2.000 slugging average and a 2.667 OPS.
Other Top Performances
York (Pa.) sophomore catcher Daphney Adams hit .667 (8-for-12) with four doubles, a triple, three walks and five RBI. … Saint Joseph (Conn.) junior pitcher Natalie Amato went 3-0 with 19 strikeouts and three complete games, and ran her consecutive innings streak without an earned run to 34. … Westminster (Pa.) senior outfielder Haley Bedalota batted .538 with eight runs, eight hits, two homers, a double, triple and 10 RBI. … Eastern Connecticut State junior utility player Carolyn Biel drove in seven runs in a sweep of Western Connecticut, four on a grand slam, and had three hits in all. … John Carroll sophomore outfielder Gracie Bressoud hit .565 with five runs, three steals and several spectacular diving catches. … Westminster (Pa.) junior pitcher/utility player Madison Brown went 2-0 with 10 strikeouts over 13 innings, and also hit .500 with four RBI. … Mary Hardin-Baylor sophomore second baseman Elissa Elliott batted .500 with two doubles, a homer and six RBI. … St. Olaf senior pitcher Julie Graf recorded 19 of her 24 outs via strikeout, including seven of eight in 2.2 innings of perfect relief, and notched two victories. … DePauw junior pitcher Cami Henry fanned 20 over 12 innings, including striking out 12 of 15 batters in the first perfect game in school history. She also had an eight-strikeout two-hitter. … Moravian sophomore pitcher Madison Hummel was 3-0 with nine strikeouts and no walks over 21 innings. … Wooster senior pitcher Olivia Johnson went 2-1 with a 0.49 ERA, 23 strikeouts and just two walks over 14.1 innings. … Rochester sophomore first baseman Hannah Keiper was 5-for-11 with four runs, a double, homer and three RBI. … Pittsburgh-Bradford junior first baseman Hannah Lathrop hit three homers in a doubleheader sweep of Hilbert, and also had two doubles and 10 RBI for the week. … Rochester senior pitcher Hannah Leahy threw the seventh no-hitter in school history on Saturday and followed that up with a four-hitter on Sunday. … Salisbury sophomore outfielder Abby Mace extended her hit (10) and on-base (17) streaks and batted .571 with two homers and five RBI in a doubleheader sweep. … Rowan freshman shortstop Payton MacNair hit .615 in the leadoff spot and had three doubles, two triples and a home run. … East Texas Baptist junior pitcher Marin Musicant tossed a 2-0 shutout against then-No. 8 Belhaven, retiring the first nine batters of the contest. … Saint Benedict sophomore pitcher Elly Novak shut out the top team in their conference (St. Catherine) and struck out 17 and allowed no runs over 13 innings overall. … Wisconsin-River Falls freshman third baseman Keegan Piton went 4-for-6 with a bases-clearing double and three other doubles in a split with Wisconsin-Oshkosh. … Wheaton (Mass.) junior pitcher Sarah Pritchard tossed a no-hitter (three strikeouts, no walks) against Springfield. … Wisconsin-Oshkosh freshman catcher Hannah Ritter was 11-for-20 (.550) with two doubles and four RBI. … Capital sophomore pitcher Brianna Shearer allowed just two earned runs over 20.2 innings and two complete games across three appearances against then-No. 15 Mount Union. … Manhattanville sophomore pitcher Charli Shinstine set the school single-game strikeout mark with 17 against Mount St. Mary and totaled 29 for two games. … Rhodes freshman left fielder Katelyn Siekerka homered in all three of her team’s games, including two in a tournament-elimination loss. … Bethel (Minn.) sophomore pitcher Kayla Simacek tossed her third perfect game and fanned 48 batters over 21.1 innings and four appearances. … Benedictine (Ill.) junior left fielder Taylor Skraba had four multi-hit and multi-run games, batting .765 with 12 runs, three doubles, four homers and 10 RBI. … Moravian junior outfielder Victoria Smith helped keep the Greyhounds undefeated by hitting .550 with six runs, two double, and four RBI. … Beloit senior first baseman Emily Stapay batted .714 with five doubles, five walks, five runs, a homer and nine RBI. … Scranton senior pitcher Jennifer Sweeney went 3-1 with a save, including back-to-back shutouts. … College of New Jersey senior pitcher Eliza Sweet tossed a perfect game and struck out 19 while walking none and allowing just three hits over 11 innings. … St. John Fisher senior pitcher/utility player Emily Trotman went 4-0 in the circle with a 0.43 ERA, while also helping herself at the plate with a .560 average, four doubles, three homers, 10 runs scored and 12 RBI. … Pittsburgh-Bradford senior pitcher Jordan Uhing had a six-inning no-hitter against Medaille and was 3-0 overall with a save, 21 strikeouts, one walk and a 0.67 ERA. … College of New Jersey senior outfielder Katie Winchock was 7-for-12 (.583) with a double and five RBI.
Winners are selected by the NFCA Division III Top 25 Committee, which has a representative for each of the eight NCAA regions.
2021 Wilson/NFCA Division III National Pitcher of the Week
April 28 — Kennedy Carruth, Belhaven University, So., RHP, St. Francisville, La.
April 21 — Gina Followell, Concordia University (Wis.), Jr., RHP, Romeoville, Ill.
April 14 — Julie Graf, St. Olaf College, Sr., RHP, Sammamish, Wash.
April 7 — Lorrin Pondo, Milwaukee School of Engineering, Jr., RHP, Bolingbrook, Ill.
March 31 — Megan Gavin, Concordia College-Moorhead, Sr., RHP, Cold Spring, Minn.
March 24 — Cami Henry, DePauw University, Jr., RHP, Camby, Ind.
March 17 — Kennedy Carruth, Belhaven University, So., RHP, St. Francisville, La.
March 10 — Ashley Croft, East Texas Baptist University, Fr., RHP, Cypress, Texas
2021 Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division III National Player of the Week
April 28 — Claire Fountain, George Fox University, Jr., 1B, Turlock, Calif.
April 21 — Sarah Miller, Case Western Reserve University, Sr., SS, Lorain, Ohio
April 14 — Elizabeth Taggard, Belhaven University, Jr., 1B, Picayune, Miss.
April 7 — Allie Gordon, Belhaven University, So., 3B, Macon, Ga.
March 31 — Julia Loffredo, Ithaca College, Jr., RF, Skillman, N.J.
March 24 — Brooke Wehr, Moravian College, Sr., C, Orefield, Pa.
March 17 — Jessica Goldyn, Virginia Wesleyan University, Sr., C, Virginia Beach, Va.
March 10 — Marin Musicant, East Texas Baptist University, Jr., DP, San Diego, Calif.