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Sendel, Johnson Score Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division III National Player and Pitcher of the Week Honors
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Hannah Sendel of Emory University and Salisbury’s Rachel Johnson have been selected as the Louisville Slugger/National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Division III National Player and Pitcher of the Week, respectively.
Sendel, a sophomore designated player for the (20-0) Eagles, had a .923 average (12-of-13), with six runs scored, four doubles, three home runs and 12 runs batted in during a 4-0 week for her school. The Greenwood Village, Colo., native went 3-for-3 twice and 4-for-4 once. She compiled an 1.923 slugging percentage and accounted for the game-winning RBI in all four victories for Emory, which is ninth in the NFCA Division III Top 25 Poll. Sendel hit safely in her first 12 at-bats of the weekend.
Johnson, a junior right-hander from Preston, Md., was personally 3-0 with a save in a six-win week for the (10-0) Sea Gulls, which continue to be ranked third in the Top 25 Poll. She played a part in two no-hitters, including striking out seven over the first four innings of a 10-0 five-inning victory over Rutgers-Newark and fanning 12 batters in a solo no-hitter of Wilkes (12-0 five-inning win). Johnson followed that with a season-high 15 strikeouts in a two-hit shutout of Lynchburg and struck out three in two innings of relief in the second game of the doubleheader. For the week, she totaled 37 strikeouts in 18 innings with four hits and no runs allowed, running her scoreless streak to 29.2 innings this season.
Other Selected Top Performances
Lebanon Valley freshman center fielder Sammy Bost batted .625 (10-of-16) with a double, two walks, two RBI and seven steals in seven attempts, as the Dutchmen jumped out to a 7-0 start to their season. … Thiel sophomore shortstop Madison Cheek was 7-for-16 (.438) with five RBI, a .688 slugging percentage and a .571 on-base percentage for the Tomcats. … East Texas Baptist junior left fielder Sara Clements batted .545 (6-of-11) with a homer and two RBI to make her third appearance on the list in as many weeks. She compiled her third three-hit game of the season (3-for-4 against Mary Hardin-Baylor) and extended her hit streak to 15 games. … Salisbury sophomore second baseman Kim Dorsey was 13-for-16 (.812) with four doubles, a triple and a homer, plus five walks and eight RBI for the Sea Gulls. Nearly half of her hits were for extra bases, en route to an .857 on-base percentage and 1.375 slugging mark. She was also perfect in the field, with four putouts and 13 assists. … Piedmont sophomore pitcher Jordin Ellingson was 2-0 and had a two-hit shutout of Methodist and fanned eight batters in a win over William Peace. She allowed nine hits and two walks for the week, while compiling a 0.82 earned-run average, and also was 7-for-14 (.500) at the plate with a double and three RBI. … Rochester senior second baseman Tayler Fravel hit .667 (8-of-12) with a triple, three RBI and two stolen bases for the week. She was 3-for-3 with a triple and two runs scored in a 10-0 win over Rhode Island College and had two hits apiece in victories over Manhattanville and Transylvania. … Rochester junior pitcher Brittany Grage was 2-0 in three appearances, including an one-hit shutout (seven strikeouts) of Rhode Island College. She struck out six in a win over Manhattanville and fanned two in relief in a loss to Heidelberg. Grage batted .308 (4-for-13) with a double, two homers and a team-best eight RBI. … Olivet freshman pitcher Ashlynn Grubb was 2-0 in two starts with 10 strikeouts in a four-hit win over Northland and a school-record 17 strikeouts in a two-hit shutout of Wooster, holding opposing batters to a .146 average for the week. At the plate, she hit .471 (5-of-17) with three doubles and four RBI. … East Texas Baptist sophomore pitcher Kelly Jo McLendon went 2-0 and had a two-hit shutout and a four-hitter in the Tigers’ three-game conference series against Mary Hardin-Baylor (five strikeouts in each game). She allowed six hits and three unearned runs with one walk across 49 batters faced (.122 opponent average) and had her scoreless innings streak snapped at 21.1. … Trine junior outfielder Carly Searles was 13-for-23 (.565) with a double, three triples, a homer and 10 RBI, plus five walks, 14 runs scored and seven steals in eight attempts to become the school’s all-time leader in stolen bases (72). She went 4-for-4 with a homer and two runs scored against Finlandia, had three hits, three runs, a double and triple against Regis, and two hits apiece against Misericordia and Illinois College in a 7-0 week for the Thunder. … Mississippi College junior first baseman Brooke Smitherman made the most of her limited opportunities to hit, going 3-for-4 (.750) with three homers and five RBI in a 2-1 week for the Choctaws. She was 3-for-3 with three homers and three walks in the opener of a three-game series with Texas-Dallas and walked four times in each of the other two games. … Piedmont freshman second baseman Allison Vaughn hit .600 (9-of-15) with two doubles, a triple, homer and three RBI over four games. Four of her hits, including a double and homer, came in a 13-2 win over William Peace. … Thiel sophomore pitcher Allison Williams went 2-1 for the week with wins over Ohio Northern and Rose-Hulman.
The Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division III Player and Pitcher of the Week are selected by eight NCAA Division III head coaches representing the eight NCAA regions.
2014 Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division III National Player of the Week
Feb. 26 — Ashley Garcia, Linfield College, Sr., 3B, Beaverton, Ore.
March 5 — Maggie Ingell, Washington (Mo.) University, Sr., OF, Winnetka, Ill.
March 12 — Hannah Sendel, Emory University, DP, Greenwood Village, Colo.
2014 Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division III National Pitcher of the Week
Feb. 26 — Rebekah Ragsdale, Mary Hardin-Baylor, Sr., P, Orange, Texas
March 5 — Shelby Parker, East Texas Baptist, Sr., P, Brazoria, Texas
March 12 — Rachel Johnson, Salisbury University, Jr., P, Preston, Md.