LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Manhattanville’s Aarin Hartenstein and Wheaton (Ill) College’s Katie Thornton have been selected as the Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division III National Player and Pitcher of the Week, respectively.
Hartenstein, a freshman first baseman from Massapequa, N.Y., batted .520 (13-for-25) over the past week for the No. 21-ranked Valiants. The Plainedge High product produced seven runs, five doubles, three homers, nine RBI and five multi-hit games in a 7-1 stretch for her team.
Senior right-hander Thornton, meanwhile, went 5-0 with a 0.74 ERA, six walks and 27 strikeouts over 38 innings. The Wheaton North High graduate pitched all 13 innings of the Thunder’s first-ever sweep at North Central, allowing seven hits and fanning eight for the doubleheader. Wheaton, which continues to receive votes from the Top 25 committee, lost the lone game she didn’t start in a 5-1 week.
Other Selected Top Performances
Messiah senior pitcher Courtney Allen was 3-0 for the week with a 0.00 ERA, nine hits (three per game), six walks and 15 strikeouts over 17 innings. … Emory & Henry senior outfielder Hannah Bays batted .750 (6-for-8) with a pair of 3-for-4 efforts in a sweep of Shenandoah. She had two homers in game two to become the school’s all-time home run leader (34). … Washington (Md.) College freshman pitcher/utility player Maddie Bennett tossed the first no-hitter in school history (two walks and seven strikeouts) against Swarthmore. She also excelled at the plate with a .714 average and three RBI. … New York University senior shortstop Kahala Bonsignore was 12-for-28 (.428) with 11 runs, three doubles, two homers and 10 RBI. She had three hits, three runs and two RBI in NYU’s first win over a top 25 team on Sunday against Manhattanville. … LeTourneau senior pitcher Kayla Cosby tossed a pair of shutouts against Howard Payne, allowing 11 singles and striking out 10 over 14 innings. … Belhaven senior third baseman Dani Craft hit .400 (4-for-10) with two runs, a homer and eight RBI on offense and recorded the third out of a triple play on defense. … Manhattanville sophomore pitcher Alycia Feeney was 3-1 for the week with an 1.62 ERA and 22 strikeouts in 26 innings. … Tufts sophomore pitcher Raina Galbiati was 4-0 for the week with a 0.69 ERA and allowed just six hits and no earned runs with seven strikeouts in a two-game set at Bates. … Calvin senior catcher Lydia Gildea was 12-for-19 (.632) with six runs, a double, four homers and 12 RBI. … Cabrini sophomore pitcher Jess Giordano was 4-0 for the week with a 0.63 ERA, two complete games (one shutout), two earned runs and 11 strikeouts. She was part of a combined no-hitter against Notre Dame (Md.) . … Texas-Tyler freshman designated player Jade Green batted .500 (5-for-10) with three runs, two homers and seven RBI. … New York University freshman pitcher Diana King was 3-1 for the week with four complete games (two shutouts), an one-hitter against Staten Island and a three-hitter versus Farmingdale State. She struck out nine in the Violets’ first-ever win over a ranked opponent on Sunday against Manhattanville. … Virginia Wesleyan freshman pitcher Kandis Kresinske defeated Roanoke for her league-leading 17th win of the season and seventh shutout, allowing three hits and no walks while fanning seven. … Lycoming junior infielder Morgan Kunes was 9-for-18 (.500) and became the first player in program history to homer in three straight games. … Ithaca senior pitcher Allison Macari was 5-0 for the week with four shutouts, 10 hits, no runs, two walks and 21 strikeouts over 26.2 innings. … Penn State-Behrend junior catcher Shannon McDonnell hit .654 (17-for-26) with nine runs, four doubles, two triples and 16 RBI. … Otterbein sophomore left fielder Bailey McElwain was 8-for-14 (.571) with four runs, a double, two triples, a homer and 10 RBI. … Williams freshman first baseman Mackenzie Murphy hit .500 (5-for-10) with six runs, a double, three homers and six RBI. … Worcester Polytechnic Institute sophomore left fielder Nina Murphy-Cook batted .583 (14-for-24) with eight runs and 12 steals. … Penn State-Behrend freshman pitcher AJ Nichols had three complete-game shutouts (all wins), allowing eight hits and five walks while fanning 20 over 19.2 innings. … Moravian sophomore pitcher Josie Novak was 3-0 for the week with a 0.81 ERA, eight hits, two earned runs, no walks and 30 strikeouts over 17.1 innings. She had a school-record 16 strikeouts in a win over Eastern University. … Franklin sophomore pitcher Olivia Paszek was 2-0 for the week with a 0.00 ERA, eight hits, no walks and 14 strikeouts in 14 innings. … SUNY Polytechnic senior center fielder/pitcher Fallon Reinold was 15-for-23 (.652) with 14 runs, two doubles, a homer, three walks and no strikeouts in 27 plate appearances. She also went 3-0 in the circle with three complete games, six hits, two runs, four walks and 24 strikeouts over 15 innings. … Ithaca senior catcher Kelly Robichaud hit .400 (10-for-25) with seven runs, two doubles, a triple, five homers and 13 RBI. She hit a walk-off homer against regionally ranked SUNY Cortland. … Cabrini junior third baseman Lindsay Savar was 11-for-22 (.500) with six runs, a double, four homers and 15 RBI. … Moravian junior outfielder Julie Siragusa hit .700 (7-for-10) with four runs, four doubles, a triple and three RBI. … Concordia (Wis.) junior catcher Carly Sobrilsky was 13-for-22 (.591) with eight runs, two doubles, a triple, four homers and 17 RBI. She also caught both runners trying to steal on her. … Adrian junior pitcher Taylor Surrento was 2-0 over two relief appearances with four hits, no earned runs, three walks and four strikeouts over seven innings against Mary Hardin-Baylor. … Keuka senior pitcher Liz Warren was 3-1 for the week with a 0.75 ERA, three earned runs, one walk and 22 strikeouts over 28 innings. She pitched a three-hitter (seven strikeouts) against SUNY Morrisville.
The Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division III National Player and Pitcher of the Week are selected by Division III head coaches representing the eight NCAA regions.
2016 Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division III National Player of the Week
April 27 — Aarin Hartenstein, Manhattanville, Fr., 1B, Massapequa, N.Y.
April 20 — Erin Cressman, Messiah, Fr., 1B, Stow, Mass.
April 13 — Ashley DeYoung, Rowan, Jr., DP, Oakland, N.J.
April 6 — Kerrigan Dura, Eureka, Fr., INF, Brimfield, Ill.
March 30 — Cassie Ruscz, Tufts, Jr., 1B, Wolcott, Conn.
March 23 — Kristin Lopez, Texas-Tyler, Sr., OF, Houston.
March 16 — Ama Biney, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, So., CF, Worcester, Mass.
March 9 — Jessica Long, Averett, Jr., SS, Prospect Hill, N.C.
March 2 — Cassetty Howerin, Virginia Wesleyan, So., 1B, Dover, Del.
2016 Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division III National Pitcher of the Week
April 27 — Katie Thornton, Wheaton (Ill.), Sr., RHP, Carol Stream, Ill.
April 20 — Lindsey Thayer, St. John Fisher, So., RHP, Winthrop, N.Y.
April 13 — Madison Leonard, Fontbonne, Sr., RHP, Imperial, Mo.
April 6 — Mackenzie Marquis, Illinois Wesleyan, So., RHP, Herscher, Ill.
March 30 — Julienne Broussard, Belhaven, Jr., RHP, Carencro, La.
March 23 — Annie Pitkin, Washington (Mo.), Sr., RHP, West Springfield, Mass.
March 16 — Alaina Kissinger, Texas-Tyler, Jr., RHP, Telephone, Texas.
March 9 — Lindsey Thayer, St. John Fisher, So., RHP, Winthrop, N.Y.
March 2 — Kelsie Batten, Texas-Tyler, Sr., RHP, Huntington, Texas.