LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Rowan’s Shilah Snead and SUNY Cortland’s Alexandrea Flint have been selected as the Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division III National Player and Pitcher of the Week, respectively.
Snead, a senior shortstop from Malaga, N.J., batted .727 (8-for-11) with five runs, a double, three steals and three RBI. The leadoff hitter slugged .818 and had an on-base average of .750 while playing flawless defense as the 15th-ranked (35-8) Profs captured the New Jersey Athletic Conference Tournament championship.
Meanwhile, Flint, a junior right-hander from Dalton, N.Y., pitched the (35-9) Red Dragons to three of their four victories en route to the State University of New York Athletic Conference championship. She allowed just eight hits, no runs, walked four and fanned five over 13.2 innings to score tournament most valuable player honors.
Other Selected Top Performances
Messiah senior pitcher Courtney Allen earned three wins while holding opponents to just five runs and 11 hits over 17 innings as the Falcons won the MAC Commonwealth title. She also hit .750 (6-for-8) at the plate with four RBI to collect tournament MVP honors. … Keuka junior pitcher Brianna Bush recorded a win and a save in two appearances, with a complete game, two earned runs, one walk and four strikeouts over 10 innings to earn the NEAC Tournament MVP nod. Both games were against regular-season league unbeaten (20-0) Penn State Berks. … Manhattanville sophomore pitcher Alycia Feeney pitched a six-hit shutout in a 3-0 win over FDU-Florham in the MAC Freedom championship game. She also scored wins in the Valiants’ first two tournament games en route to MVP honors. … Tufts junior first baseman Cassie Ruscz set a NESCAC tournament record for both homers (four) and RBI (12) as the Jumbos reached the championship round against Williams. She had a grand slam in an 11-run first inning of game six against the Ephs, which helped force a decisive seventh winner-take-all game in which she contributed a two-run homer. She also scored five runs herself and had a hand in 17 of Tufts’ 28 tournament runs.
The Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division III National Player and Pitcher of the Week are selected by Division III head coaches representing the eight NCAA regions. This was the final week of selections for the season.
2016 Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division III National Player of the Week
May 11 — Shilah Snead, Rowan, Sr., SS, Malaga, N.J.
May 4 — Micaela Trainor, St. Thomas (Minn.), Sr., 3B, Winona, Minn.
April 27 — Aarin Hartenstein, Manhattanville, Fr., 1B, Massapequa, N.Y.
April 20 — Erin Cressman, Messiah, Fr., 1B, Stow, Mass.
April 13 — Ashley DeYoung, Rowan, Jr., DP, Oakland, N.J.
April 6 — Kerrigan Dura, Eureka, Fr., INF, Brimfield, Ill.
March 30 — Cassie Ruscz, Tufts, Jr., 1B, Wolcott, Conn.
March 23 — Kristin Lopez, Texas-Tyler, Sr., OF, Houston.
March 16 — Ama Biney, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, So., CF, Worcester, Mass.
March 9 — Jessica Long, Averett, Jr., SS, Prospect Hill, N.C.
March 2 — Cassetty Howerin, Virginia Wesleyan, So., 1B, Dover, Del.
2016 Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division III National Pitcher of the Week
May 11 — Alexandrea Flint, SUNY Cortland, Jr., RHP, Dalton, N.Y.
May 4 — Kelly Jo McLendon, East Texas Baptist, Sr., RHP, Livingston, Texas
April 27 — Katie Thornton, Wheaton (Ill.), Sr., RHP, Carol Stream, Ill.
April 20 — Lindsey Thayer, St. John Fisher, So., RHP, Winthrop, N.Y.
April 13 — Madison Leonard, Fontbonne, Sr., RHP, Imperial, Mo.
April 6 — Mackenzie Marquis, Illinois Wesleyan, So., RHP, Herscher, Ill.
March 30 — Julienne Broussard, Belhaven, Jr., RHP, Carencro, La.
March 23 — Annie Pitkin, Washington (Mo.), Sr., RHP, West Springfield, Mass.
March 16 — Alaina Kissinger, Texas-Tyler, Jr., RHP, Telephone, Texas.
March 9 — Lindsey Thayer, St. John Fisher, So., RHP, Winthrop, N.Y.
March 2 — Kelsie Batten, Texas-Tyler, Sr., RHP, Huntington, Texas.