LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Calvin College’s Anna Gernant and Suffolk University’s Delaney Sylvester scored Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division III National Pitcher and Player of the Week recognition, respectively.
Sophomore right-hander Gernant tossed four shutouts in her five starts last week, including a no-hitter against Albion in which she fanned 11 Briton batters. The Valley High product recorded 58 strikeouts over 35 innings with no earned runs allowed. She now has 241 strikeouts for the season, well past Shauna Koolhaas’ single-season school record of 228 from 1997. Gernant needed 100 less innings to break the mark.
Junior catcher Sylvester, meanwhile, hit .715 for the week with eight runs scored, four walks, two doubles, three homers and 10 runs batted in. The Worcester, Mass., native was also perfect on defense, collecting 31 putouts and an assist behind the plate.
Other Selected Top Performances
Gallaudet junior first baseman Alyssa Barlow went 11-for-16 (.688) with four multi-hit contests. … Wisconsin-Oshkosh senior pitcher Sara Brunlieb went 4-0 for the week with a save, allowing just three runs over six games and compiling three complete games. … Saint Joseph’s (Brooklyn) senior third baseman Kristin Ferrigno hit .471 (8-for-17) with seven runs, two doubles, two walks, a homer and six RBI. … St. Catherine junior pitcher Krista Flugstad allowed four earned runs and fanned 16 over 24 innings, while tying her own school record with her 19th victory of the season. … St. Catherine junior third baseman Jenna George was 6-for-12 (.500), including 5-for-5 with a long homer in a doubleheader against St. Benedict. … Virginia Wesleyan freshman pitcher Hanna Hull earned Old Dominion Athletic Conference Tournament Most Outstanding Player honors after starting four and appearing in all five tournament games, going 3-1 with a save, allowing just 11 hits and four earned runs while striking out 40 in 28 innings. … Otterbein sophomore pitcher Gabby Johnson pitched an one-hitter with a walk and 12 strikeouts against Heidelberg. … Lycoming freshman shortstop Kayla Kline batted .619 (13-of-21) with nine runs, four doubles, two homers and eight RBI. She homered twice in a win over Elmira and hit a walkoff blast against Widener. … Wisconsin-Whitewater junior infielder Mallory Klotz was 13-for-23 (.565) with 10 runs, three doubles, a homer, four steals and six RBI. … Saint Joseph’s (Brooklyn) sophomore pitcher Victoria Mahoney set a single-game program record with 9.1 innings in a win over Old Westbury. She fanned 14 in the game and allowed her first run in 27.1 innings. … Wisconsin-Whitewater freshman pitcher Bella Matthias tossed three straight shutouts, including a no-hitter (her second of the season) with eight strikeouts in a win over Wisconsin-Stout during a 6-0 week for the Warhawks. … Washington (Mo.) junior pitcher Anna McKee went 3-0 with a 1.65 ERA in three complete games, striking out 16 and only walking one. … Washington (Mo.) senior outfielder Hannah Mehrle hit .526 (10-for-19) with six runs, six doubles, eight RBI and four multi-hit games. … Wisconsin-Oshkosh sophomore catcher Abby Menting was 14-for-28 (.500) with five runs, three doubles, two homers and 11 RBI, reaching safely in all eight games she played to extend her hit streak to 12 games. … SUNY Canton junior outfielder Stefanie Miller batted .667 (14-for-21) with 11 runs, two steals, three walks, a double, triple, two homers and 14 RBI. … SUNY Canton senior pitcher Jordan Podkladek was 4-1 in five starts, including four straight complete-game victories over a two-day span. … St. John Fisher sophomore outfielder Ashley Prince was 12-for-19 (.632) with seven runs, a double, triple, two homers and 10 RBI. She went 5-for-6 with six RBI in a win over Brockport. … Wisconsin-Eau Claire senior shortstop Evie Schaller hit .636 (7-for-11) with three homers and nine RBI. She had a grand slam against Wisconsin-Platteville. … Alma senior pitcher Morgan Stratton pitched a no-hitter against Manchester and totaled 59 strikeouts and just six walks over 52 innings, going 5-2 with three shutouts, seven complete games and a 0.81 ERA. … St. John Fisher junior pitcher Lindsey Thayer was 4-0 with a 0.33 ERA, just nine hits allowed and 49 strikeouts over 21 innings in the circle. … Castleton senior pitcher Kayla Wood was 3-0 with a 0.35 ERA over four appearances, fanning 31 in 20 innings.
The Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division III National Player and Pitcher of the Week are selected by the NFCA Division III Top 25 Committee, which has a representative for each of the eight NCAA regions.
2017 Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division III National Pitcher of the Week
May 3 — Anna Gernant, Calvin College, So., RHP, West Des Moines, Iowa
April 26 — Lindsey Thayer, St. John Fisher College, Jr., RHP, Winthrop, N.Y.
April 19 — Lindsey Thayer, St. John Fisher College, Jr., RHP, Winthrop, N.Y.
April 12 — Hanna Hull, Virginia Wesleyan College, Fr., LHP, Chesterfield, Va.
April 5 — Maitlin Raycroft, Texas Lutheran University, Jr., RHP, Spring, Texas
March 29 — Maitlin Raycroft, Texas Lutheran University, Jr., RHP, Spring, Texas
March 22 — Danielle Ray, Trine University, Fr., RHP, Hamilton, Ohio
March 15 — Alyssa Olson, Coe College, Soph., RHP, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
March 8 — Hanna Hull, Virginia Wesleyan College, Fr., LHP, Chesterfield, Va.
March 1 — Hanna Hull, Virginia Wesleyan College, Fr., LHP, Chesterfield, Va.
Feb. 22 — Marie Collop, Berry College, Sr. RHP, Atlanta
2017 Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division III National Player of the Week
May 3 — Delaney Sylvester, Suffolk University, Jr., C, Worcester, Mass.
April 26 — Kylie Macziewski, St. Catherine University, Jr., SS, Bloomington, Minn.
April 19 — Jenny Galavotti, Keene State College, Sr., DP, Marion, Mass.
April 12 — Kaymee Gooden, Texas Lutheran University, Sr., CF, Mart, Texas
April 5 — Kaitlyn Aherron, Averett University, Fr., P/UTIL, Alton, Va.
March 29 — Mallory Klotz, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, Jr., LF, New Berlin, Wis.
March 22 — Savannah Lee, Birmingham-Southern College, So., 1B, Lascassas, Tenn.
March 15 — LeAnne Collins, Salisbury University, Jr., RF, Sparks, Md.
March 8 — Karlie Jarrett, Berry College, Sr., UTIL, Summerville, Ga.
March 1 — Ashley Royer, Wesley College, So., 3B, Lititz, Pa.
Feb. 22 — Sarah Moore, Berry College, Sr., SS, Lookout Mountain, Ga.