LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Randolph-Macon College’s Candace Whittemore and Kaitlyn Hasty of Christopher Newport University claimed Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division III National Pitcher and Player of the Week honors on Wednesday.
Senior right-hander Whittemore dominated her two starts, going 2-0 with five hits and no runs allowed, while walking one and fanning 14 over 10 innings of work for the 24th-ranked (10-3) Yellow Jackets. She has held opponents scoreless for the past 24 innings, and the Montpelier, Va., native also helped herself at the plate, going 4-for-8 with three runs scored and two runs batted in.
Freshman utility player Hasty, meanwhile, had a big week to help the (15-1) Captains move up to the No. 2 spot in the NFCA Top 25. She hit .647 (11-for-17) with a double, triple, five homers and 16 RBI in six victories. Against nationally-ranked Lynchburg, the Chesapeake, Va., native performed her best, going 4-for-6, including 3-for-4 with two homers in the first game against the Hornets.
Other Top Performances
Lycoming freshman pitcher Mikayla Aldenderfer accounted for five of her team’s seven wins on their South Carolina trip, going 5-1 with a 0.90 ERA and 20 strikeouts over 31 innings. She notched a two-hitter, a three-hitter, and a four-hitter during the week. … Central (Iowa) junior second baseman Kaitlyn Andresen hit .480 with three doubles, two triples, a homer and six RBI. She hit in seven of eight games and also helped turn three double plays on defense. … Moravian sophomore utility player Shannon Brogan went 7-for-9 (.778) with five runs, two doubles, two triples, and three RBI. She now has a 13-game hit streak. … Wesley junior third baseman Karina Cardona hit .600 (9-for-15) with eight runs, four doubles, and a homer. … Montclair State junior first baseman Valentina Cucci batted .394 with two doubles, a triple, three homers and 17 RBI, while also picking up a win in the circle. … Calvin senior third baseman Maddie DeGroot was 7-for-11 (.636) with three multi-hit games, including in a win over then-No. 2 Illinois Wesleyan. … Saint Joseph’s (Brooklyn) freshman third baseman Ashleigh Hartwig hit .444 with a double, two walks and three RBI, including the game-winning two-run single in a 4-3 comeback win over Hunter. … Carnegie Mellon freshman catcher Piper Johnson’s two-run walkoff homer was the first round-tripper in program history, and she hit .545 for the week, with a double, two homers and six runs scored. … Husson junior pitcher Jen Jones became the second player in school history to record 300 strikeouts, collecting 37 over 43.1 innings while also batting .560 with four doubles and 10 RBI. … Lycoming junior shortstop Kayla Kline batted .621 with seven runs, four doubles, two triples, a homer and 12 RBI. … East Texas Baptist freshman pitcher Beatriz Lara scored a four-hit shutout of Texas Lutheran. … Moravian junior pitcher Paige Lesher went 2-0 with a shutout, 0.78 ERA, no walks and seven strikeouts over nine innings. … Millikin junior center fielder Kailey Lyons hit .667 with two doubles, a homer and four RBI. … Wesley sophomore pitcher Abbey Mayse had two complete games, including a shutout, and allowed just three hits over 12 innings of action. … Carnegie Mellon freshman pitcher Scotty McGee tossed the first no-hitter and first shutout for the first win for the fledgling program, striking out nine in a five-inning win over Eastern Connecticut State. … Calvin senior shortstop Kristen Newman was 6-for-9 (.667) with a homer and three RBI. … Millikin junior pitcher Rachel Patting went 4-0 with two saves, a 0.58 ERA and 16 strikeouts over 24.1 innings. … Kean sophomore left fielder Julie Raba batted .526 with seven runs, a double, four steals and 13 RBI. … Pfeiffer senior shortstop Vada Blue Sherrill reached 200 career hits and 200 career runs in the same at bat, and totaled 18 hits and 20 runs scored for the week. She hit two grand slams among her five homers and had four doubles, seven walks, 13 steals and 21 RBI. … Husson senior outfielder Olivia Smith hit .429 with 13 runs, eight doubles, four homers (including a grand slam) and 17 RBI. … Randolph-Macon junior second baseman Maddie Stone was 6-for-11 (.545) with two runs, a double and five RBI. … Averett freshman pitcher Hannah Thompson went 3-1 with two earned runs allowed and 30 strikeouts over 23 innings, while also batting .600 with four doubles, two homers and 10 RBI.
Winners are selected by the NFCA Division III Top 25 Committee, which has a representative for each of the eight NCAA regions.
2019 Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division III National Pitcher of the Week
March 20 — Candace Whittemore, Randolph-Macon College, Sr., RHP, Montpelier, Va.
March 13 — Alyssa Olson, Coe College, Sr., RHP, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
March 6 — Hanna Hull, Virginia Wesleyan University, Jr., LHP, Chesterfield, Va.
Feb. 27 — Beatriz Lara, East Texas Baptist University, Fr., RHP, Orange Grove, Texas
2019 Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division III National Player of the Week
March 20 — Kaitlyn Hasty, Christopher Newport University, Fr., UTIL, Chesapeake, Va.
March 13 — Kendall Marinesi, California Lutheran University, Jr., 3B, Santee, Calif.
March 6 — Kelsey Hora, Coe College, So., CF, Ainsworth, Iowa
Feb. 27 — Chase Shortly, University of St. Thomas, Sr., C/INF, Forest Lake, Minn.