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LOUISVILLE, Ky. — WashU’s Natalia Pilpil and Mount Union’s Kendyll Cahill captured the first Division III Louisville Slugger/NFCA Player and Wilson/NFCA Pitcher of the Week honors of the 2023 season on Tuesday.

Pilpil, a sophomore utility player from Santa Clarita, Calif., hit a walkoff home run against then-No. 14 Wartburg and went 9-for-14 (.643) for the week. The St. Genevieve High graduate also had two doubles, three walks, a steal and four runs batted in, to go with a 1.143 slugging percentage and flawless defense at catcher and third base.

Cahill, a freshman right-hander from Groveport, Ohio, tossed a perfect game in her first collegiate start, and finished all five of her outings, going 4-1 with a 0.82 earned-run average, four earned runs, three walks and 37 strikeouts over 34 innings of action. In her perfecto against Husson, the Grove Port Madison High product fanned 11 of the 21 batters she faced.

Other Top Performances

Victoria Agnoli, DeSales  - .600 AVG, 9 R, 3 3B, HR, 9 RBI, 4 SB; Rilee Baughan, Randolph-Macon - .429 AVG, 3 2B, HR, 3 RBI, .857 SLG, 1-1, 0.50 ERA, 18 K, SHO; Alyssa Borozan, Montclair State - .833 AVG, 16 R, 5 2B, 2 3B, 5 RBI, 5 SB, school-record five hits vs. Widener; Teagan Bradley, Drew - 2-0, 0.00 ERA, 9 K, 14.2 IP; Molly Broccolo, Rochester - 4-1, 0.00 ERA, 2 BB, 12 K, 26.2 IP; Caelee Clark, Texas Lutheran - .714 AVG, 6 R, 4 RBI, 11 SB; Leah Connor, Simmons - .435 AVG, 4 R, 2 2B, 3B, 4 BB; Ashley Croft, East Texas Baptist - .444 AVG, HR, 2 RBI, 3-0, 0.00 ERA, 5 H, 9 K, no-hitter vs. Southwestern; Tauryn Cummings, East Texas Baptist - .588 AVG, 7 R, 2 2B, HR, 11 RBI, 4 BB, 0 K; Cameryn Feathers, Penn State-Altoona - .474 AVG, 7 R, 3 2B, 3 HR, 6 RBI; Paola Garcia, Pacific Lutheran - .533 AVG, 7 R, 4 EBH, 5 RBI; Jamie Garvey, Whittier - 2 W, SV, 1.56 ERA, 17 K; Brooke Greaver, Christopher Newport - .462 AVG, 3 HR, 7 RBI, .923 SLG, two homers off then-No. 2 Trine and another vs. No. 5 Berry; Erin Hancock, Wentworth - .385 AVG, HR, 3 RBI, 2-1, SV, 1.47 ERA, 18 K; Rachel Kazmirski, Marietta - .563 AVG, .938 SLG, 3 2B, 3 HR, 16 RBI; Bailey Loyack, King’s (Pa.) - .550 AVG, 7 R, 3 3B, 2 HR, 9 RBI, 2 SB, 1.550 SLG; Emma McBrayer, Piedmont - 2-1, SV, 0.98 ERA; Hannah Morgan, Piedmont - .429 AVG, 2 2B, 2 RBI, 4 BB; Bailey Olaveson, Eastern Nazarene - .567 AVG, 1.000 SLG, 10 R, 4 2B, 3 HR, 16 RBI; Carley Parsons, Haverford - .532 AVG, 2 2B, HR, 11 RBI, 1.000 SLG; Kaitlin Pettenger, Wentworth - .538 AVG, 3 SB, 16 PO; Hannah Ritter, Wisconsin-Oshkosh - .625 AVG, 2 R, 5 H, 16 PO; Deja Robinson, Drew - .571 AVG, 8 R, 2B, 3B, 12 RBI, 3 SB; Charli Shinstine, Manhattanville - 3-0. 0.30 ERA, 19 K, 23.2 IP; Benni Tucci, Western Connecticut State - .579, SB, 14 PO, 12 A; Daytona Wetzel, Pittsburgh-Bradford - .429 AVG, 4 R, HR, 3 SB, 7 RBI; Amanda White, Texas Lutheran - 2-0, 0.00 ERA, 2 SHO, 11 IP, 2 H, 1 BB, 11 K; Katie White, Berry - .429 AVG, 11 R, 4 HR, 7 RBI, 1.000 SLG, 1.500 OPS.

Winners are selected by the NFCA Division III Top 25 Committee, which has a representative for each of the 10 NCAA regions.

2023 Wilson/NFCA Division III National Pitcher of the Week

March 14 — Kendyll Cahill, Mount Union, Fr., RHP, Groveport, Ohio

2023 Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division III National Player of the Week

March 14 — Natalia Pilpil, WashU, So., UT, Santa Clarita, Calif.

2023 NFCA Division III Top 25 Committee

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