LOUISVILLE, Ky. — St. Olaf College’s Julie Graf and St. John Fisher College’s Emily Trotman earned this week’s Division III Wilson/NFCA Pitcher and Louisville Slugger/NFCA Player of the Week honors, respectively.
Graf, a senior right-hander from Sammamish, Wash., beat two NCAA tournament teams from a year ago. She struck out 18 in a 3-1 victory over Wisconsin-La Crosse, one day after fanning 15 in a three-hit shutout of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. The 18 strikeouts were one shy of her single-game record and moved her into 23rd place in NCAA Division III history for career strikeouts (920).
Designated hitter/pitcher Trotman, meanwhile, shined at the NFCA Leadoff Classic in Tucson, Ariz., helping lead the Cardinals to a 3-1 mark at the tournament and a 7-3 start to their season. The junior East Amherst, N.Y., native hit .457 (16-for-33) for the week with 13 runs scored, two doubles, a triple, two homers, six RBI and four steals in four attempts, as St. John Fisher’s week including a win over then-No. 14 St. Thomas and a 1-0 loss to East Texas Baptist, which ascended to the No. 1 spot in the rankings earlier today. She also has four wins and a save in the circle.
Other Top Performances
Babson sophomore shortstop Isabel Aguilar batted .667 and reached base in 12 of 16 plate appearances at the NFCA Leadoff Classic. … Central (Iowa) senior designated player Kaitlyn Andresen hit .417 with two homers — including the game-winner in a come-from-behind win over nationally-ranked DePauw — a double and five RBI. … Maryville (Tenn.) freshman pitcher Hannah Bruce went 2-0 with a save and 10 strikeouts. … Washington (Md.) freshman pitcher Avery Byrnes fanned 26 over 14 innings and was 2-0 with a 1.00 ERA. … Maryville (Tenn.) junior second baseman Taylor Campbell was 8-for-12 (.667) with a double, triple, homer and eight RBI. … East Texas Baptist sophomore designated player Corley Carpenter had two multi-hit games at the NFCA Leadoff and hit .500 for the week. … Luther sophomore pitcher Kendra Cooper went 3-0 with a 0.93 ERA and helped herself at the plate with a .333 average. … East Texas Baptist sophomore pitcher Preslye Cox was 2-0 with a 0.44 ERA, a shutout and 15 strikeouts. … Wesley senior first baseman Brandi Dalious had six extra-base hits and batted .500 as her team went 8-0 in Florida. … Salisbury senior catcher Kaleigh Edwards batted .429 with two doubles, two homers and five RBI. … Redlands freshman pitcher Madaline Gonzalez picked up two wins and a save while compiling a 1.60 ERA. … Milwaukee School of Engineering sophomore pitcher Sarah Grossman was 3-0 with 16 strikeouts and a 0.72 ERA. … WashU sophomore first baseman Nicole Hay hit .500 and had seven runs scored, two doubles, two homers and eight RBI. … Birmingham-Southern sophomore designated player Sam Hilyer batted .750 with three doubles and six RBI. … Virginia Wesleyan senior pitcher Hanna Hull had three wins and a save while collecting 32 strikeouts over 21 innings. … Wesley junior pitcher Dori Loukopoulos was 4-0 with one earned run (0.37 ERA) and just eight hits allowed for the week. … Whittier sophomore outfielder Brianna MaGee hit .800 (8-for-10) with six runs, four extra-base hits and four RBI. … Bridgewater (Va.) junior first baseman Katrina Martin batted .464 with a double, three triples, a homer, 10 walks and 10 RBI. … Wisconsin-Eau Claire freshman right fielder Megan Maruna hit .333 with two doubles and two RBI. … Pacific Lutheran sophomore right fielder Erin McGrath batted .467 with three doubles, a homer and four RBI. … Milwaukee School of Engineering sophomore third baseman Kara McKenna hit .447 and had a walk-off grand slam against Muskingum. … Washington (Md.) sophomore shortstop Megan Robbins was 6-for-12 (.500) with six runs, a double, homer and five RBI. … Eastern Nazarene senior pitcher Elisabeth Schaffer had two wins and two saves while fanning 43 in 27.2 innings. … Bridgewater (Va.) freshman pitcher Brantley Swift was 4-0 with a save, 1.82 ERA, and 17 strikeouts. … Saint Benedict sophomore left fielder Jordyn Swoboda batted .447 with 17 runs, four doubles, four homers and 12 RBI. … Luther senior outfielder Paige Timmerman hit .538 with seven runs, three walks and four RBI. … Drew junior second baseman Jasmine Vera was 13-for-20 (.650) with 12 runs, six walks and seven RBI. … Lewis & Clark senior designated player Frankie Warden hit .545 and a had a double, homer and five RBI. … Redlands freshman catcher Megan Watkins was 7-for-9 (.778) with four runs, three doubles and four RBI. … Pfeiffer junior designated player Kari Westerbeek hit .538 and collected four homers (including a grand slam) and 22 RBI. … Milwaukee School of Engineering senior catcher Kim White hit .500 (18-for-36) and had the game-winning, walk-off single against nationally-ranked Wartburg.
Winners are selected by the NFCA Division III Top 25 Committee, which has a representative for each of the eight NCAA regions.
2020 Wilson/NFCA Division III National Pitcher of the Week
March 11 — Julie Graf, St. Olaf College, Sr., RHP, Sammamish, Wash.
March 4 — Amanda Osterhus, Carroll (Wis.) University, Sr., RHP, Munster, Ind.
Feb. 26 — Ally Wiegand, Illinois Wesleyan University, Sr., RHP, Downs, Ill.
2020 Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division III National Player of the Week
March 11 — Emily Trotman, St. John Fisher College, Jr., DH, East Amherst, N.Y.
March 4 — Micaela Quesada, Piedmont College, Fr., Designated Player, Breman, Ga.
Feb. 26 — Daniella Solis, East Texas Baptist University, Jr., Utility, Baytown, Texas