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LOUISVILLE, Ky. — SUNY Cortland’s Taylor Felicello and St. Olaf’s Julie Graf scored the ninth Division III Wilson/NFCA Pitcher and Louisville Slugger/NFCA Player of the Week honors of the 2021 season on Wednesday.

Felicello, a senior shortstop from Marlboro, N.Y., hit .833 (10-for-12) with eight runs, two doubles, a triple, three walks and six runs batted in for the week. The Marlboro High product was 6-for-8 with a double, triple and three RBI in a sweep at Potsdam, and 4-for-4 with a double, three runs scored and three RBI in a home sweep of Buffalo State. She also was flawless in the field, handling nine chances without an error, including assisting on the final two outs of a no-hitter.

Graf, meanwhile, earned her second national Pitcher of the Week honor this season for the No. 19 Oles, after tossing two no-hitters in four starts — all wins. She fanned 13 in a five-inning no-hitter against Gustavus Adolphus last Monday, then struck out 12 over seven innings in a no-hitter against St. Catherine on Saturday. The Eastlake High product is now one whiff from joining the Division III top 10 in career strikeouts, and has not allowed an earned run over her last 35.1 innings.

Other Top Performances

Belhaven sophomore pitcher Kennedy Carruth won twice to help the No. 7 Blazers clinch the ASC regular-season title, striking out 15 and walking just one and allowing zero runs over 11 innings. … Manhattanville senior outfielder Isela Casillas hit .714 with eight RBI and extended her hitting streak to 17 games. … East Texas Baptist senior outfielder Sarah Cedillo scored three runs and batted .444 with three RBI. … East Texas Baptist junior pitcher Presyle Cox fanned eight and walked just one in a two-hit shutout of LeTourneau. … Framingham State graduate third baseman Kirsten Dick hit a two-run homer against Salem to help her team clinch the MASCAC regular-season title, and had a double, triple, two homers and six RBI for the week. … George Fox junior first baseman Claire Fountain hit two more homers this week and batted .750 with three runs, three walks, five RBI and a 2.250 slugging percentage. … Moravian sophomore pitcher Madison Hummel went 4-0 with two shutouts, 14 strikeouts and a 0.50 ERA over 28 innings. … College of New Jersey senior left fielder Allie Immerso was 5-for-11 (.455) with three runs and four RBI. … SUNY Cortland senior pitcher Courtney Kane went 2-0 with a 1.27 ERA, six hits and just two runs allowed over 11 innings. … Rochester senior pitcher Hannah Leahy came within an out of a no-hitter against then-No. 12 St. John Fisher just two days after tossing a no-hitter against Skidmore, and also two-hit Rensselaer. … Wesley senior pitcher Dori Loukopoulos threw a no-hitter and also hit .800 with four doubles, two triples, four walks drawn and 12 RBI. … St. Olaf senior left fielder Hannah Matthies hit .500 with two doubles, two homers, five runs and eight RBI. … Carnegie Mellon junior pitcher Scotty McGee fanned eight and walked none in a seven-inning victory. … Framingham State sophomore pitcher Ally Moran fashioned a 0.50 ERA and went 2-0 with 15 strikeouts over two complete games. … Babson sophomore left fielder Lexi Morris was 9-for-13 (.692) with three doubles, seven runs, a homer and three RBI. … College of New Jersey senior pitcher Alanna Namit went 2-0 with 17 strikeouts and just three hits allowed over 12 innings, while helping herself at the plate with a .500 average, double, homer and four RBI. … College of New Jersey sophomore outfielder Kaci Neveling batted .538 with four runs scored. … Manhattanville sophomore pitcher Charli Shinstine had her second combined no-hitter against Old Westbury and went 2-0 overall with 18 strikeouts and one hit allowed over eight innings. … Babson graduate pitcher Brooke Stock tossed one-hit shutouts on back-to-back days and fanned 22 over 11 innings, while also batting .714 with two doubles, a homer and three RBI. … Manhattanville sophomore left fielder Jayleen Torres hit .643 with two doubles, two triples, two steals and seven RBI. … Moravian senior catcher Brooke Wehr hit .500 with three doubles, two triples, eight runs and eight 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

May 5 — Julie Graf, St. Olaf College, Sr., RHP, Sammamish, Wash.

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

May 5 — Taylor Felicello, SUNY Cortland, Sr., SS, Marlboro, N.Y.

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.

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