LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Virginia Wesleyan University’s Hanna Hull and Coe College’s Kelsey Hora claimed Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division III National Pitcher and Player of the Week honors on Wednesday.
Junior left-hander Hull struck out 18 in a two-hit shutout of Fredonia, and also tossed a five-hit shutout against Kean. For the week, the two-time reigning Schutt Sports/NFCA National Player of the Year totaled 31 strikeouts and walked just two, while limiting opposing batters to seven hits and no runs over 14 innings in the circle.
Hora, meanwhile, batted .688 (11-for-16) with 11 runs scored, a double, two triples, two walks, six runs batted in and five stolen bases over five games. The sophomore center fielder from Ainsworth, Iowa, was also flawless in the field.
Other Top Performances
Northwestern-St. Paul sophomore utility player Megan Aasness was perfect at the plate (6-for-6), on the bases (3-for-3 on steals) and in the field (five putouts, one assist) in a pair of wins. … Salisbury junior third baseman Kaleigh Edwards hit .615 (8-for-13) with six runs, a double, homer and three RBI. … St. Olaf junior pitcher Julie Graf went 2-1 for the week with two complete games, a 0.38 earned-run average, six hits and 37 strikeouts over four appearances. She tossed an one-hitter against Rockford, fanning 12 and contributing two RBI singles, one of which drove home the go-ahead run. … Rhodes senior shortstop Jill Healy was 8-for-15 (.533) with six runs, a double, three homers and 10 RBI. … Coe senior pitcher Alyssa Olson threw a perfect game against Eastern Mennonite and allowed just one run and two walks over 12 innings for the week, striking out 23. … Ripon senior pitcher Lexi Reetz had two complete-game shutouts, allowing six hits — all singles — and fanning 23 over 14 innings. She had 11 strikeouts in an one-hit shutout of Macalester, and tied a career-high with 12 strikeouts in a five-hit shutout of Rockford. … Berry senior third baseman Katlin Seger had two runs, two doubles, seven RBI and a .714 batting average.
Winners are selected by the NFCA Division III Top 25 Committee, which has a representative for each of the eight NCAA regions.
2019 Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division III National Pitcher of the Week
March 6 — Hanna Hull, Virginia Wesleyan University, Jr., LHP, Chesterfield, Va.
Feb. 27 — Beatriz Lara, East Texas Baptist University, Fr., RHP, Orange Grove, Texas
2019 Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division III National Player of the Week
March 6 — Kelsey Hora, Coe College, So., CF, Ainsworth, Iowa
Feb. 27 — Chase Shortly, University of St. Thomas, Sr., C/INF, Forest Lake, Minn.