LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Trine University’s Danielle Ray and Birmingham-Southern College’s Savannah Lee captured Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division III National Pitcher and Player of the Week honors.
Ray, a freshman right-hander for the undefeated (16-0) and fourth-ranked Thunder, had a win or a save in all six games she appeared during the week. She beat two top-10 teams (Luther and Messiah), allowing just one earned run in each. For the week, the Badin High graduate went 3-0 with three saves, six walks, 30 strikeouts and an 1.37 earned-run average.
Lee, meanwhile, hit three homers in three at-bats — off four pitches — in a 6-0 win over Millsaps. After that, the Majors attempted to intentionally walk the Oakland High product four times in the third game of the Southern Athletic Conference series. For the week, the Lascassas, Tenn., native hit four home runs and had seven runs batted in with a 1.357 slugging percentage and a .556 on-base average.
Other Selected Top Performances
Wisconsin-Eau Claire senior pitcher Lauren Blasczyk was 3-0 with a 0.78 ERA and delivered the Blugolds’ first win over Illinois Wesleyan in 10 tries. … Macalester freshman center fielder Julia Carpenter hit .654 (17-for-26) with a double, two triples, eight steals and five RBI. She went 4-for-4 twice. … Rowan freshman pitcher Jesse DeDomenico had a no-hitter in a 2-0 shutout of Hamilton and went 2-0 for the week with two saves and a 0.00 ERA. … Otterbein junior second baseman Maddie Flasco was 5-for-6 (.833) with six runs, a double, homer and four RBI. …Trine junior first baseman Kaylee Fox had the game-tying homer in the bottom of the sixth against then-No. 4 Luther in a contest Trine later won to remain undefeated. In 10 games during the week, she hit six homers, scored 11 runs and collected 14 RBI. … Otterbein junior first baseman Megan Garner hit .714 (5-for-7) with three runs, a double, homer and four RBI. … Springfield junior center fielder Carianna Gasdia was 18-for-27 (.667) with 10 runs, two doubles, five RBI and two outfield assists. … Berry junior pitcher Kassie Howard improved to 9-0 for the season with two stellar appearances — a four-hitter against Claremont-Mudd-Scripps and one hit and five strikeouts over five innings in a victory over Pomona-Pitzer. … Wisconsin-River Falls sophomore outfielder Ali Krohn had five multiple-hit contests as she extended her hit streak to 11 games. … Wisconsin-Oshkosh sophomore first baseman Kailyn Krol went 8-for-18 (.444) with three doubles and a homer. … Lycoming senior third baseman Morgan Kunes hit .452 (14-for-31) with nine runs, five doubles, two triples, a homer, 11 RBI and six multi-hit games. … Springfield junior pitcher Talia Loda went 4-0 with two complete games and two shutouts, while also batting .310 with seven runs and five RBI. … Otterbein junior utility player Bailey McElwain hit .714 (5-for-7) with five runs, a double, homer and two RBI. … Washington (Mo.) junior pitcher Anna McKee went 3-0 in five appearances with two complete games, including a three-hit shutout of Western Connecticut State against whom she struck out a career-high nine. … Washington (Mo.) senior outfielder Hannah Mehrle was 16-for-33 (.485) with 14 runs, three doubles, a triple, a homer, 14 RBI and six multi-hit games. … Otterbein freshman pitcher Kasey Morris fanned two over three innings and had two hits in the same inning, plus her first homer (a grand slam) and five RBI. … Otterbein junior pitcher/utility player Rachael Owens struck out five and allowed four hits and one earned run in her lone start in the circle, while going 4-for-6 (.667) with three runs and four RBI at the plate. … Hood junior pitcher/utility player Kayli Paugh allowed just one run over 23 innings to notch three complete-game victories. Two wins were shutouts, including a nine-inning gem against Bethany, and she fanned 12 batters twice to tie the school record for strikeouts in a game. She also batted .333 with three doubles, two homers and 10 RBI. … Ripon sophomore pitcher/utility player Lexi Reetz tossed a five-inning perfect game (she struck out 10 of the 15 batters) in which she threw 41 of 50 pitches for strikes. At the plate, she hit .428 (6-for-14) with four runs, two walks, a double and three RBI. … Berry sophomore first baseman Kayla Sangrey hit .625 (5-for-8) with a double and four RBI at the plate, and 13 putouts and an assist in the field. … Eastern Mennonite senior designated player Lauren Seale was 7-for-12 (.583) with nine runs, three doubles, three homers and 12 RBI. Two of her homers came in the contest that snapped Mary Washington’s nine-game win streak. … Stevens Institute of Technology junior second baseman Lauren Shirley batted .500 (12-for-24) with eight runs, five doubles, two homers, three steals and 12 RBI. … Southern Virginia freshman pitcher Megan Stapley had a no-hitter among her two victories, going 4-for-4 and hitting for the cycle in the same game.
The Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division III National Player and Pitcher of the Week are selected by the NFCA Division III Top 25 Committee, which has a representative for each of the eight NCAA regions.
2017 Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division III National Pitcher of the Week
March 22 — Danielle Ray, Trine University, Fr., RHP, Hamilton, Ohio
March 15 — Alyssa Olson, Coe College, Soph., RHP, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
March 8 — Hanna Hull, Virginia Wesleyan College, Fr. LHP, Chesterfield, Va.
March 1 — Hanna Hull, Virginia Wesleyan College, Fr. LHP, Chesterfield, Va.
Feb. 22 — Marie Collop, Berry College, Sr. RHP, Atlanta
2017 Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division III National Player of the Week
March 22 — Savannah Lee, Birmingham-Southern College, So., 1B, Lascassas, Tenn.
March 15 — LeAnne Collins, Salisbury University, Jr., RF, Sparks, Md.
March 8 — Karlie Jarrett, Berry College, Sr., UTIL, Summerville, Ga.
March 1 — Ashley Royer, Wesley College, So., 3B, Lititz, Pa.
Feb. 22 — Sarah Moore, Berry College, Sr., SS, Lookout Mountain, Ga.