LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Virginia Wesleyan University’s Hanna Hull and Pfeiffer University’s Vada Blue Sherrill scored the first Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division III National Pitcher and Player of the Week honors, respectively, for the 2018 season on Wednesday.
Sophomore left-hander Hull, who earned both Schutt Sports/NFCA Division III Player and Freshman of the Year honors for the national champion Marlins last season, has picked up right where she left off, going 4-0 with a save this past week for top-ranked Virginia Wesleyan (8-0).
The Chesterfield, Va., native pitched her first collegiate perfect game (and second college no-hitter), striking out 14 in an 1-0 win over Salem College. Over 28 innings of work, Hull fanned 52 batters, allowed no earned runs and just eight hits and three walks. She was National Pitcher of the Week three times last season.
Junior shortstop Sherrill, meanwhile, hit .714 (10-for-14) in four games for the (7-1) Falcons. The Hiddenite, N.C., product had a double, eight stolen bases and four runs scored, as she surpassed 100 steals and 120 runs for her Pfeiffer career. She also was solid in the field, with seven putouts and 13 assists.
In eight games this season, the Alexander Central High graduate and 2014 Gatorade North Carolina Player of the Year is hitting .679 with 14 runs scored, 29 total bases, 12 steals and a .710 on-base percentage.
Other Top Performances
Berry senior infielder Kylie Aiken was a perfect 4-for-4 at the plate, with six RBI and four runs scored, as the Vikings opened conference play with a three-game sweep of Sewanee. … Misericordia freshman shortstop Amanda Butera hit .667 (4-for-6) with two runs, a triple, homer and two steals. … Franklin junior outfielder Justice Carmichael was 5-for-9 (.556) with two runs, three doubles and five RBI. … Guilford junior outfielder/pitcher Makayla Carver batted .773 with nine runs, three doubles, two homers, four steals and seven RBI. She also scored a win with four innings of three-hit ball (six strikeouts) against Mary Baldwin. … Birmingham-Southern junior pitcher Haley Crumpton was 3-0 with a 0.48 ERA, 11 strikeouts and no walks over four appearances. … Randolph-Macon sophomore catcher Sami Davidson batted .389 (7-for-18) with three runs, two homers and four RBI. … La Verne senior catcher Angelica DeAngelo slugged 1.600 with a pair of homers and five RBI. … Salisbury sophomore shortstop Dakotah Fraley was 4-for-4 with two doubles, a homer and four RBI in her Sea Gulls debut, and batted .600 for the week with nine hits and six runs over four games. … Augustana junior pitcher Kelcie Fredrickson recorded two wins and a save in three appearances, including a two-hitter and a four-hitter. … St. Catherine (Minn.) junior left fielder Anna Hinderaker was 9-for-15 (.600) with three multi-hit games and a team-leading eight runs. … Linfield sophomore third baseman Chelsea Horita hit .385 (5-for-13) with four runs, three homers and 12 RBI. … Berry senior pitcher Kassie Howard fanned eight over just three innings, allowing no hits and no runs, and also tripled and drove in two runs to key the Vikings’ first conference sweep of the season. … Meredith senior pitcher Taylor Jackson went 3-0 with a save, just seven hits, two earned runs and 26 strikeouts over 23.2 innings, and notched a no-hitter versus McDaniel. … Birmingham-Southern junior outfielder Kolyn Kyser was 7-for-11 (.636) over five contests, including two doubles, a homer and seven RBI in three games versus Centre. … Wisconsin-Oshkosh sophomore second baseman Amanda McIllhany batted .600 (6-for-10) with a double, triple and four RBI to start the season. … Bethany Lutheran freshman second baseman Kaylee Mork was 5-for-10 (.500) with five runs, two doubles and two steals. … Meredith senior outfielder Erica Occena hit .615 with six runs, two walks and eight total bases. … Wisconsin-Eau Claire sophomore pitcher Sarah Peka limited opponents to just three runs over 18 innings, while compiling a 3-0 mark, which included a shutout. … Wisconsin-Oshkosh sophomore pitcher Claire Petrus allowed just one run over 10 innings, while striking out nine and scattering eight hits. … Wisconsin-Eau Claire sophomore outfielder Katie Rongstad was 7-for-12 (.583) with a double and three steals in four attempts. … Linfield junior pitcher Shelby Saylors went 2-0 with two complete games, just three earned runs and nine strikeouts over 14 innings. … East Texas Baptist sophomore first baseman Sabrina Salts batted .500 (2-for-4) with double, homer and six RBI. … East Texas Baptist senior pitcher Rocki Tello retired the final 14 batters of the game against Howard Payne in her lone appearance, including six by strikeout (five swinging). … Lynchburg freshman left fielder Jordyne Vance was 8-for-13 (.615) with five runs, two walks, two homers and seven RBI. … Randolph-Macon junior pitcher Candace Whittemore compiled a 0.67 ERA by allowing just two earned runs over 21 innings, with 19 strikeouts, two wins and a save.
Winners are selected by the NFCA Division III Top 25 Committee, which has a representative for each of the eight NCAA regions.
2018 Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division III National Pitcher of the Week
Feb. 28 — Hanna Hull, Virginia Wesleyan University, So., LHP, Chesterfield, Va.
2018 Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division III National Player of the Week
Feb. 28 — Vada Blue Sherrill, Pfeiffer University, Jr., SS, Hiddenite, N.C.