LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Ripon’s Abby Gilbertson and Wisconsin-La Crosse’s Elise Weinzierl captured the latest Division III Louisville Slugger/NFCA Player and Wilson/NFCA Pitcher of the Week honors on Tuesday.
Gilbertson, a junior first baseman from Marquette, Wis., hit .750 (15-for-20) with four runs, four walks, six doubles, four home runs and 16 RBI in six games over the last week. The Markesan High product compiled a 1.650 slugging average, .792 on-base percentage and 2.447 OPS. She was a perfect 6-for-6 in a doubleheader sweep of Alverno, tying a single-game school record for hits (four) and doubles (three) in the first game. Gilbertson also hit a walk-off homer against Beloit.
Weinzierl, a sophomore right-hander from Saint Michael, Minn., delivered three conference victories and collected a pair of saves across five appearances in the circle. The Saint Michael-Albertville High graduate allowed just one unearned run and two walks, while fanning 20 over 21 innings and fielding her position flawlessly (eight assists).
Other Top Performances
Emmanuel sophomore shortstop Olivia Conti hit .608 with five doubles, three homers, six RBI and a 1.217 slugging average. … East Texas Baptist sophomore third baseman Tauryn Cummins led a three-game sweep with a .444 average, a double, two homers, three walks and four RBI. … Rochester sophomore catcher Hunter Gilbreath hit a walk-off homer to clinch the top seed for the conference playoffs and batted .400 overall for the week with six RBI and a .867 slugging percentage. … Marietta sophomore pitcher/utility player Rachel Kazmirski was 10-for-13 (.769) with five runs, three doubles, a triple and eight RBI. … Rochester freshman pitcher Lauren Keys threw the eighth no-hitter in school history, then won in relief and scored another complete-game victory. … Piedmont senior pitcher Martina Maloch tossed two complete games and allowed one earned run and nine hits. … Eastern Connecticut State senior first baseman Brooke Matyasovsky hit four homers to inch closer to the school career mark, and batted .632 with four doubles, a triple and 15 RBI. … Wisconsin-La Crosse sophomore third baseman Jordy McCormack twice broke ties with a two-run homer during the week, and also had two doubles and seven RBI. … Russell Sage senior outfielder Adrianna Papas slashed .667/1.111/.739 across six games with four multi-hit contests. … East Texas Baptist senior pitcher Kathryn Reed fanned five in a shutout win and struck out two more in a relief outing. … Tufts junior shortstop Josie Steinberg hit .650 with eight runs, a double, triple, homer and eight RBI. … WashU senior pitcher Holly Stoner scattered six hits over six innings in a victory. … Piedmont sophomore first baseman Kara Taylor went 4-for-7 (.571) with three doubles and four RBI. … WashU junior left fielder Tami Wong hit .800 (4-for-5) with two doubles and two RBI.
Winners are selected by the NFCA Division III Top 25 Committee, which has a representative for each of the 10 NCAA regions.
2022 Wilson/NFCA Division III National Pitcher of the Week
May 3 — Elise Weinzierl, Wisconsin-La Crosse, So., RHP, Saint Michael, Minn.
April 26 — Kayla Simacek, Bethel (Minn.), Jr., RHP, Hastings, Minn.
April 19 — Katie Murphy, Susquehanna, Sr., RHP, Havre de Grace, Md.
April 12 — Gracie Ellis, Randolph-Macon, Fr., RHP, New Kent, Va.
April 5 — Moira O’Reilly, Babson, So., RHP, Columbus, Ohio
March 29 — Caitlyn Burch, Mary Washington, So., RHP, Mechanicsville, Md.
March 22 — Ashlyn Hemm, Loras, Fr., RHP, Port Byron, Ill.
March 15 — Ashlyn Strother, Texas Lutheran, So., RHP, Seabrook, Texas
March 8 — Kate Alger, Christopher Newport, Fr., RHP, Staunton, Va.
2022 Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division III National Player of the Week
May 3 — Abby Gilbertson, Ripon, Jr., 1B, Marquette, Wis.
April 26 — Giselle Bahena, Hiram, Gr., C, Pomona, Calif.
April 19 — Lauren Kay, Covenant, Fr., 3B, Chattanooga, Tenn.
April 12 — Hannah Ritter, Wisconsin-Oshkosh, Jr., 1B, Marengo, Ill.
April 5 — Anna Jackson, Berry, So., C, Suwanee, Ga.
March 29 — Hannah Davis, Skidmore, Sr., P/1B, Stafford, Conn.
March 22 — Franie Burnett, Central, So., RF, Ankeny, Iowa
March 15 — Kaitlyn Hasty, Christopher Newport, Sr., 1B, Chesapeake, Va.
March 8 — Sarah Proctor, Christopher Newport, Sr., OF, Mineral, Va.
The NFCA (National Fastpitch Coaches Association) is the professional organization for fastpitch softball coaches. Known for its highly-regarded coaches polls and All-America awards, the NFCA also educates and supports softball coaches on a variety of different levels: from podcasts to awards, to in-person events and National Convention.