LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Eureka’s Kerrigan Dura and Illinois Wesleyan’s Mackenzie Marquis have been selected as the Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division III National Player and Pitcher of the Week, respectively.
Dura, a freshman infielder from Brimfield, Ill., batted .750 (21-for-28) in an 8-0 week for the (18-2) Red Devils, with 17 runs, 10 doubles, two triples, a homer and 25 RBI. The Brimfield High graduate also walked four times and didn’t strike out once in 32 plate appearances, as she set the Eureka single-season RBI mark (46).
Dura was also perfect in the field in 34 chances (19 putouts, 15 assists).
Meanwhile, sophomore right-hander Marquis earns her first Pitcher of the Week honor for the (15-3) Titans, who are ranked ninth in the latest NFCA Division III Top 25 poll after sweeping nationally-ranked Washington (Mo.) last Tuesday.
The Herscher, Ill., product recorded four of her team’s six wins last week, allowing nine hits, no runs, five walks and fanning 14 over 18.1 innings. Marquis tossed a three-hit gem against Washington and also beat North Park (twice) and Carroll.
Other Selected Top Performances
Messiah senior pitcher Courtney Allen was 2-0 for the week and allowed one earned run over 12 innings (0.58 ERA), while tossing an one-hit shutout of Rutgers-Camden and scoring a victory over Susquehanna. … Marywood freshman pitcher Kirstie Alvarez was 2-0 for the week with 11 hits, three runs, a walk and four strikeouts. … Williams junior pitcher Brooke Bovier was 3-1 in four appearances, with four earned runs, nine walks and 18 strikeouts over 22 innings. … Luther freshman pitcher Samantha Bratland tossed a five-inning no-hitter (11 strikeouts) and a two-hitter (10 strikeouts). … Salisbury senior pitcher Annah Brittingham had two shutouts, including a five-inning perfect game (four strikeouts, 11 groundouts) against Southern Virginia. … Franklin sophomore outfielder Morgan Burch hit .528 (14-for-26) and had six runs, three doubles, two triples, two homers and 15 RBI. She hit for the cycle in the opener of a doubleheader with Berea. … Penn State-Altoona junior pitcher Kate Burge had four complete-game wins. … Belhaven senior third baseman Dani Craft was 6-for-10 (.600) with eight runs, a double, two triples and two RBI. … Salisbury senior shortstop Kim Dorsey batted .692 (9-for-13) with 11 runs, two doubles, four homers, three walks and 13 RBI. She moved into third place (31) on the Sea Gulls’ career homers list. … Trinity (Conn.) freshman shortstop Courtney Erickson was 8-for-12 (.667) with four runs, a double, two walks, two steals and four RBI. … Manhattanville sophomore pitcher Alycia Feeney allowed just two runs in a 3-0 week, which included a five-hit shutout of previously-unbeaten William Paterson. … Messiah sophomore outfielder Carrie Fix hit .769 (10-for-13) with six runs, six doubles, two triples and six RBI. … Otterbein sophomore first baseman Megan Garner was 10-for-13 (.769) with three runs, five doubles, three walks and eight RBI. … Belhaven sophomore pitcher Jordan Herring was 2-0 for the week, allowing three hits, no runs and three walks while fanning 13 over 10 innings. … Emory & Henry sophomore designated player Caley Hodge batted .667 (12-for-18) with six runs, three doubles, a homer, five walks and eight RBI. … Virginia Wesleyan sophomore first baseman Cassetty Howerin was 7-for-14 (.500) with five runs, two homers, two steals and seven RBI. … Marywood junior third baseman Brooke Labs hit .571 (4-for-7) with a run, two doubles and two RBI. … Clarkson sophomore center fielder Summer Lancette was 5-for-9 (.556) with two runs, a double, triple and three steals. … Fontbonne senior pitcher Madison Leonard had two complete-game shutouts in a 3-0 week, collecting 21 strikeouts over 10 innings. … Manhattanville junior second baseman Alicia Marino hit .500 (9-for-18) with six runs, three walks, two homers and 10 RBI. … Grinnell sophomore third baseman Kayla Morrisey was 20-for-28 (.714) with 12 runs, four doubles, two triples, four walks, four steals and 15 RBI. … New York University freshman first baseman Cassi Parulis hit .833 (5-for-6) with a run, double, triple and four RBI, and also won her one start in the circle. … Illinois Wesleyan senior utility player Mary Rankin was 10-for-19 (.526) with seven runs, three homers and six RBI. … Wheaton (Ill.) senior second baseman Christina Sandstedt batted .471 (8-for-17) with eight runs, a double, four homers and 12 RBI. … St. Joseph (Conn.) senior outfielder Patti Sciglimpaglia was 6-for-7 (.857) with six runs, three doubles, 10 RBI and homered in both games of doubleheader against Mitchell. … Penn State-Abington sophomore outfielder Greta Sheridan hit .444 (8-for-18) with six runs, two doubles, a triple, three homers and 11 RBI. … Johnson & Wales senior catcher Kristen Solari was 13-for-15 (.867) with a hit in 10 straight at-bats over a three-game stretch, including 9-for-9 in a twinbill sweep at Rhode Island College. … Washington (Mo.) junior center fielder Janet Taylor batted .556 (10-for-18) with six runs, two homers and four RBI. … Wheaton (Ill.) senior Katie Thornton was 5-0 for six appearances, a 0.84 ERA, 12 hits and 26 strikeouts over 25 innings. … D’Youville junior utility player Hannah Turek was 10-for-16 (.625) with eight runs, three doubles, a homer and nine RBI. … Keuka senior pitcher Liz Warren allowed four hits and no earned runs, while walking two and fanning 20 over 12 innings to go 2-0 for the week. … Randolph-Macon freshman pitcher Candace Whittemore had a two-hitter (one walk, 11 strikeouts) and a five-hitter in a 3-0 week.
The Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division III National Player and Pitcher of the Week are selected by Division III head coaches representing the eight NCAA regions.
2016 Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division III National Player of the Week
April 6 — Kerrigan Dura, Eureka, Fr., INF, Brimfield, Ill.
March 30 — Cassie Ruscz, Tufts, Jr., 1B, Wolcott, Conn.
March 23 — Kristin Lopez, Texas-Tyler, Sr., OF, Houston.
March 16 — Ama Biney, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, So., CF, Worcester, Mass.
March 9 — Jessica Long, Averett, Jr., SS, Prospect Hill, N.C.
March 2 — Cassetty Howerin, Virginia Wesleyan, So., 1B, Dover, Del.
2016 Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division III National Pitcher of the Week
April 6 — Mackenzie Marquis, Illinois Wesleyan, So., RHP, Herscher, Ill.
March 30 — Julienne Broussard, Belhaven, Jr., RHP, Carencro, La.
March 23 — Annie Pitkin, Washington (Mo.), Sr., RHP, West Springfield, Mass.
March 16 — Alaina Kissinger, Texas-Tyler, Jr., RHP, Telephone, Texas.
March 9 — Lindsey Thayer, St. John Fisher, So., RHP, Winthrop, N.Y.
March 2 — Kelsie Batten, Texas-Tyler, Sr., RHP, Huntington, Texas.