LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Eastern Connecticut State’s Alyssa Hancock and Rochester’s Brittany Grage have been selected as the Louisville Slugger/National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Division III National Hitter and Pitcher of the Week, respectively.
Hancock, a junior shortstop from Waterford, Conn., batted .615 (8-for-13) over the past week for the (29-6-1) Warriors, who breezed to their fourth Little East Conference tournament championship in the last six seasons. She scored seven runs and had two doubles, three homers, two walks, two steals and seven RBI in the four games. Three of the four contests were multi-hit affairs for Hancock, the Little East’s co-Player of the Year with Western Connecticut’s Nina Wojtkiewicz.
Meanwhile, Grage pitched two shutouts to earn Most Valuable Player honors as the (27-11) Yellowjackets captured their second straight Liberty League tournament title. She threw 55 of 74 pitches for strikes in a three-hit masterpiece against Rensselaer and 48 of 69 pitches for strikes in a four-hit triumph over Union to give her a school-record 20 solo shutouts for her career. Grage also helped herself at the plate with a .444 average (4-for-9), four runs and a double. She earned Liberty League Player of the Year honors this week after winning conference Pitcher of the Year recognition last season.
Other Selected Top Performances
Tufts senior right-hander Allyson Fournier was 3-0 for the week with a 0.00 ERA, two shutouts, five hits, no runs, one walk and 38 strikeouts over 19 innings. She pitched an one-hitter (15 strikeouts) and two-hitter (14 strikeouts), plus had nine strikeouts over five innings of relief as the two-time defending NCAA champion Jumbos extended their win streak to 43 games. … Trine senior right-hander Bree Fuller was 3-1 for the week with a 2.06 ERA and a pair of relief wins as the Thunder rallied to win twice in the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) tournament. She tossed two scoreless innings — and allowed one hit — in the championship game and pitched a seven-hitter earlier in the tournament. … Western New England sophomore shortstop Gabby Lavinio hit .714 (5-for-7) with a double, two homers, two walks and four RBI. Her three-run homer with two out in the fourth inning snapped an 1-1 tie with Endicott and propelled the Golden Bears to the Commonwealth Coast Conference title. … Eastern Connecticut State senior right-hander Erin Miller was 3-0 for the week with three complete games, two shutouts, 14 hits, one run, three walks and 12 strikeouts over 19 innings. She pitched a pair of four-hitters and was named Little East tournament Most Outstanding Player. … Lebanon Valley sophomore shortstop Jordyn Miller was 8-for-21 (.381) with four runs, four doubles, two homers and nine RBI. In the Commonwealth Conference championship game, she was 3-for-3 with a double, two homers and four RBI and had six extra-base hits overall in the tournament. … Lebanon Valley junior right-hander Haley Neff went 4-0 with a pair of wins over Commonwealth Conference No. 2 seed Widener. … Tufts junior shortstop Christina Raso batted .700 (7-for-10) with three runs, a double, homer and two RBI. She logged two three-hit games and slugged 1.100 for the week. … New York University sophomore right-hander Sage Scheiwiller was 2-1 for the week with an 1.94 ERA, 11 hits, seven runs (five earned), six walks and 25 strikeouts in 18 innings. She tossed a five-inning no-hitter with one walk and 14 strikeouts in a season-ending win over Yeshiva and had a four-hitter against New Jersey City University, while helping herself at the plate with a .524 average (13-for-24), 11 runs, three doubles and six RBI. … Trine senior outfielder Carly Searles was 7-for-17 (.412) with six runs and two homers in the MIAA tournament and set the all-time NCAA Division III hits record with her 300th in the championship game. … Brandeis junior third baseman hit .444 (8-for-18) with six runs, two doubles, four homers and 18 RBI. She had five multi-RBI games and two multi-hit games.
The Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division III National Hitter and Pitcher of the Week are selected by eight NCAA Division III head coaches representing the eight NCAA regions.
2015 Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division III National Hitter of the Week
May 6 — Alyssa Hancock, Eastern Connecticut State, Jr., SS, Waterford, Conn.
April 29 — Lacey Lindsey, East Texas Baptist, So., 1B, Leander, Texas.
April 22 — Carly Searles, Trine, Sr., CF, Levering, Mich.
April 15 — Deven DuCharme, Wisconsin-Whitewater, Sr., OF, Hudson, Wis.
April 8 — Scoop Simon, Christopher Newport, Jr., OF, Chesterfield, Va.
April 1 — Aislinn Lucas, Eastern Mennonite, Jr., OF, Grottoes, Va.
March 25 — Shilah Snead, Rowan, Jr., SS, Malaga, N.J.
March 18 — Hannah Sendel, Emory, Jr., 2B, Greenwood Village, Colo.
March 11 — Ashley Mitchell, Pacific (Ore.), Jr., 1B, Redmond, Wash.
March 4 — Morgan Lane, Covenant, Jr., 1B, Chattanooga, Tenn.
Feb. 25 — Taylor Golden, DePauw, Sr., 3B, Chicago, Ill.
2015 Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division III National Pitcher of the Week
May 6 — Brittany Grage, Rochester, Sr., P, Pittsford, N.Y.
April 29 — Allyson Fournier, Tufts, Sr., P, South Windsor, Conn.
April 22 — Allyson Fournier, Tufts, Sr., P, South Windsor, Conn.
April 15 — Kristina Karagiorgis, Virginia Wesleyan, Sr., P, Ashburn, Va.
April 8 — Shelby Parker, East Texas Baptist, Gr., P, Brazoria, Texas.
April 1 — Abbie Bergerson, George Fox, Fr., P, Gresham, Ore.
March 25 — Allyson Fournier, Tufts, Sr., P, South Windsor, Conn.
March 18 — Allyson Fournier, Tufts, Sr., P, South Windsor, Conn.
March 11 — Annie Pitkin, Washington (Mo.), Jr., P, West Springfield, Mass.
March 4 — Annie Pitkin, Washington (Mo.), Jr., P, West Springfield, Mass.
Feb. 25— Emma Baldwin, DePauw, Fr., P, Oak Park, Ill.