LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Anderson (Ind.) University’s Hadley Decker and Muskingum University’s Krissy Hughes claimed Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division III National Pitcher and Player of the Week honors on Wednesday.
Junior right-hander Decker tossed a pair of two-hit shutouts and recorded a save for the Ravens. She struck out nine in a 1-0 victory over Ripon and fanned 12 in a 4-0 win over Kalamazoo, before securing Anderson’s 6-5 eight-inning triumph over Macalester. For the week, Decker allowed just four hits and no runs, while striking out 21 over 14.1 innings.
Senior center fielder Hughes, meanwhile, batted .633 (19-for-30) with nine doubles, nine steals and two triples over eight games for the Muskies. Six of those games were multi-hit contests, including three hits and four hits twice each. She also recorded 11 putouts on 11 chances in the field.
Other Top Performances
Moravian sophomore pitcher Meghan Bauer fanned 11 over seven innings while tossing a three-hit shutout for her first career victory. … Calvin freshman right fielder Hannah Biddlecome hit .433 with six runs, four doubles, two triples, six RBI and three stolen bases. … Case Western Reserve junior first baseman Nicole Carty batted .682 with 10 runs, five doubles, two homers and six RBI. … Wisconsin-River Falls senior second baseman Kaia Dorn hit .714 with three doubles, two homers and three RBI. … Brandeis sophomore shortstop Jolie Fujita went 10-for-17 (.588) with six runs, two doubles, a triple, homer and five RBI. She finished a homer short of a cycle in a win over Eastern Nazarene. … St. Olaf junior pitcher Julie Graf held then-No. 9 Wisconsin-Whitewater to one run on three hits while striking out 10 in a 3-1 week overall in the circle. Over four appearances, she compiled a 0.64 ERA, two complete games and 37 strikeouts, while allowing just seven hits and two earned runs in 22 innings. … Saint Joseph’s (Brooklyn) freshman third baseman Ashleigh Hartwig was 5-for-8 (.625) with five RBI in a doubleheader sweep of Yeshiva. … Calvin junior second baseman Hannah Horvath hit .400 with 11 runs, two doubles, six walks, seven steals and three RBI. … Virginia Wesleyan junior pitcher Hanna Hull scored an one-hit shutout (nine strikeouts) of then-No. 24 Randolph-Macon and fanned 14 while striking out the side three times in a two-hitter against then-No. 2 Christopher Newport. She was 3-1 for the week, totaling 29 strikeouts and one earned run over 18.2 innings. …Franciscan freshman pitcher Sarah Keating went 2-0 and posted a season-best 10 strikeouts in a win over Waynesburg. …East Texas Baptist freshman designated player/pitcher Beatriz Lara scored three runs and hit .636 with two homers and six RBI, and also went 2-0 with 14 strikeouts over 14 innings in a three-game sweep of Texas-Dallas. … Saint Joseph’s (Brooklyn) senior pitcher Victoria Maloney tossed the Bears’ first no-hitter since 2014, fanning nine in a victory over Yeshiva. She also helped herself at the plate by hitting .600 with three runs, three walks and three RBI. … Pfeiffer senior shortstop Vada Blue Sherrill passed 220 hits for her career while batting .538 with two doubles, three homers and eight RBI. … Franciscan freshman first baseman Anna Swierczrewski was 11-for-15 (.733) with three multi-hit games, five runs, two doubles, a homer, seven RBI, and turned in a perfect week (36 putouts, three assists) in the field. … Central (Iowa) junior center fielder Sara Tallman stole five bases to move into third place on the school’s all-time list and batted .667 with four walks and four RBI. … Brandeis junior pitcher/utility player Scottie Todd hit .667 with five runs, a double, homer and six RBI, and also went 2-0 with 10 strikeouts over 13 innings in the circle. … Moravian sophomore catcher Brooke Wehr went 5-for-9 (.556) with five runs, a triple, homer and two RBI. … Trinity (Conn.) sophomore left fielder Samantha Witmer hit .600 (15-for-25) with 10 runs, seven doubles, two triples and eight RBI. … Randolph-Macon senior shortstop Savannah Wood went 6-for-12 (.500) for the week and had two RBI in the game when the Yellow Jackets handed then-No. 1 Virginia Wesleyan its first loss of the season. In all, she had multi-hit games against two ranked opponents during the week.
Winners are selected by the NFCA Division III Top 25 Committee, which has a representative for each of the eight NCAA regions.
2019 Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division III National Pitcher of the Week
March 27 — Hadley Decker, Anderson (Ind.) University, Jr., RHP, New Haven, Ind.
March 20 — Candace Whittemore, Randolph-Macon College, Sr., RHP, Montpelier, Va.
March 13 — Alyssa Olson, Coe College, Sr., RHP, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
March 6 — Hanna Hull, Virginia Wesleyan University, Jr., LHP, Chesterfield, Va.
Feb. 27 — Beatriz Lara, East Texas Baptist University, Fr., RHP, Orange Grove, Texas
2019 Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division III National Player of the Week
March 27 — Krissy Hughes, Muskingum University, Sr., CF, Newark, Ohio
March 20 — Kaitlyn Hasty, Christopher Newport University, Fr., UTIL, Chesapeake, Va.
March 13 — Kendall Marinesi, California Lutheran University, Jr., 3B, Santee, Calif.
March 6 — Kelsey Hora, Coe College, So., CF, Ainsworth, Iowa
Feb. 27 — Chase Shortly, University of St. Thomas, Sr., C/INF, Forest Lake, Minn.