LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Hope College’s Sydney Jones and Manchester University’s Laurren Ladwig captured this week’s Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division III National Pitcher and Player of the Week honors, respectively.
Senior right-hander Jones tossed the 10th no-hitter in school history in a 2-0 win over Plymouth State, allowing just two baserunners — one on a fielding error and the other on a dropped third strike — walking none and fanning 13. For the week, the South Lyon, Mich., product collected three wins, two shutouts, a save and 35 strikeouts in four appearances, allowing just one earned run in 24 innings of work.
Senior second baseman Ladwig, meanwhile, hit .625 in her team’s eight games this past week, collecting 15 hits in 24 at-bats, with 13 runs, two doubles, seven homers and 15 runs batted in. The Crown Point, Ind., native tied her own school record with her 11th homer (in 14 games) of the season and surpassed 100 RBI for her career. Her 0.76 homers per game this season leads all Division III players.
Other Top Performances
East Texas Baptist senior pitcher Jordan Anderson went 3-0 with 25 strikeouts, just nine hits allowed and no earned runs over 27.1 innings. … Finlandia sophomore pitcher/utility player Kassandra Avila hit .429 (6-for-14) with a double and four RBI at the plate, while going 2-2 with an 1.62 ERA in the circle. … Massachusetts Institute of Technology freshman pitcher Colleen Campbell tossed a no-hitter in her second collegiate start, facing two batters over the minimum and fanning nine. … Birmingham-Southern junior utility player Haley Crumpton went 2-0 with a 0.50 ERA and 12 strikeouts in 14 innings in the circle, while also batting .500 at the plate. … Worcester Polytechnic Institute freshman shortstop Marissa Gonzales batted .714 (5-for-7) with four runs, a double, triple, homer and eight RBI in her first collegiate conference doubleheader. … Berry senior pitcher Kassie Howard struck out 16 over 12 innings, en route to three victories. … Muskingum junior center fielder Krissy Hughes went 12-for-17 (.706) with four runs, three doubles, a triple and six RBI. … Otterbein junior pitcher Gabby Johnson became the school’s career leader in strikeouts (291) by fanning 21 batters over 11.1 innings and two triumphs. … Concordia-Wisconsin sophomore pitcher Nicole Lewis faced just two over the minimum and fanned eight in an one-hit shutout of Northland. … Berry freshman shortstop Bayleigh Masterson hit .556, scored six runs and drove in four across three wins. … Otterbein senior utility player Bailey McElwain went 8-for-10 (.800) with seven runs, two doubles, two homers and four RBI. … George Fox sophomore outfielder Allison Meyer had her second-straight, four-homer Northwest Conference series, tying her school’s single-season home run record (10) in the process and helping her team eclipse the team single-season mark (40 and counting). … Finlandia sophomore first baseman Emily Nguyen batted .444 (8-for-18) with seven runs, seven doubles, a triple and eight RBI. … Concordia-Wisconsin sophomore outfielder Molly O’Connell was 5-for-7 (.714) with five runs and five steals, while also allowing two hits and striking out two over 5.2 innings in the circle. … Montclair State sophomore second baseman Kaylee Powers reached base in seven of eight plate appearances, collecting four runs, a double, homer, three steals and three RBI. … Texas Lutheran senior pitcher Maitlin Raycroft pitched her 10th and 11th career no-hitters in back-to-back games against Trinity. She now has three no-hitters this season, and all 11 have come in less than two seasons (35 starts) with the Bulldogs. … Westminster (Pa.) senior pitcher Jazmyn Rohrer improved to 7-1 on the season with a 10-strikeout, three-hitter against Penn State-Behrend. … East Texas Baptist freshman designated player Daniella Solis hit three homers and amassed 17 total bases over six American Southwest Conference contests. … George Fox senior pitcher Madison Sorensen earned her 13th victory of the season in a conference sweep of Lewis & Clark. … Grinnell freshman pitcher/utility player Darice Wheeler went 2-0 with a 2.83 ERA and 15 strikeouts over 17.1 innings, and helped herself at the plate, hitting .458 (11-for-24) four doubles, 13 RBI and six homers, including a pair of two-homer games.
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
March 28 — Sydney Jones, Hope College, Sr., RHP, South Lyon, Mich.
March 21 — Jesse DeDomenico, Rowan University, So., RHP, East Windsor, N.J.
March 14 — Alanna Namit, The College of New Jersey, Fr., RHP, Mountainside, N.J.
March 7 — Hanna Hull, Virginia Wesleyan University, So., LHP, Chesterfield, Va.
Feb. 28 — Hanna Hull, Virginia Wesleyan University, So., LHP, Chesterfield, Va.
2018 Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division III National Player of the Week
March 28 — Laurren Ladwig, Manchester University, Sr., 2B, Crown Point, Ind.
March 21 — Morgan Arst, East Texas Baptist University, So., LF, Marshall, Texas
March 14 — Vada Blue Sherrill, Pfeiffer University, Jr., SS, Hiddenite, N.C.
March 7 — Amy Large, Virginia Wesleyan University, Sr., OF, Kennett Square, Pa.
Feb. 28 — Vada Blue Sherrill, Pfeiffer University, Jr., SS, Hiddenite, N.C.