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Emory’s Light, Hardin-Simmons’ Hardaway Score Louisville Slugger/NFCA Div. III National Honors
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Megan Light of Emory University and Hardin-Simmons’ Emily Hardaway have been selected as the Louisville Slugger/National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Division III National Player and Pitcher of the Week, respectively.
Light, a senior first baseman for the (29-6) Eagles, had a .700 average (7-of-10) with three doubles, three home runs, two walks and seven runs batted in during a 4-1 week for her school. She went 5-for-7 with two homers and four RBI in a doubleheader split with Lynchburg, which has been receiving votes in the NFCA Division III Top 25 Poll. Light was also 2-for-3 with three runs scored, a homer and three RBI in a 15-1 rout of Roanoke.
Hardaway, a freshman right-hander from Midland, Texas, personally went 3-0 in a 4-1 week for the (16-10) Cowgirls. She compiled a 0.44 earned-run average and had 11 strikeouts, seven hits, two runs (one earned) and five walks allowed over 16 innings. Hardaway won two American Southwest Conference games against Sul Ross and tossed a two-hitter in a 2-1 victory over Division I Abilene Christian.
Other Selected Top Performances
Texas-Tyler sophomore pitcher Kelsie Batten went 2-0 for the week with a 0.00 ERA and 11 strikeouts and two walks over 16 innings. She pitched a three-hitter (nine innings) and a four-hitter as the Patriots swept LeTourneau. … Concordia (Texas) University freshman infielder Hanna Contreras batted .538 (7-of-13) with a double, four homers and eight RBI. She reached base 62.5 percent of the time in a 3-2 week for the Tornados and compiled a 1.538 slugging percentage, while accounting for all five of the team’s runs in a three-game series win over Mary Hardin-Baylor. … Johnson & Wales senior pitcher Tayla Gardner was 2-0 for the week with a two-hitter (10 strikeouts) in an 11-0 five-inning shutout of Anna Maria. She fanned 11 batters while allowing five hits in a 3-2 win over Simmons. … Coe senior outfielder Nicole Gentile was 12-for-20 (.600) with two doubles, three homers, eight RBI and three walks, and was 3-for-3 on steal attempts while leading the Kohawks in nine offensive categories for the week. … Wisconsin-Eau Claire junior first baseman Deanna Gilane hit .636 (7-of-11) with a double, three walks, one run and one RBI in a 3-1 week for the Blugolds. She compiled a .714 on-base percentage. … Trinity (Conn.) sophomore pitcher Hannah King went 2-1 for the week with a 0.70 ERA and 20 strikeouts and two walks over 20 innings. She pitched a two-hitter with 11 strikeouts in a 3-0 shutout of Bates. … Mississippi College junior shortstop Macey Lee was 5-for-11 (.455) with four doubles, a triple and two RBI in a three-game sweep of Louisiana College. … East Texas Baptist freshman first baseman Lacey Lindsey batted .500 (8-of-16) with a double, three homers and seven RBI in a 5-0 week for the Tigers. She had a walkoff solo homer in the eighth inning of the finale of a three-game set with Texas-Dallas. … East Texas Baptist sophomore pitcher Kelly Jo McLendon was 3-0 with a 1.11 ERA and 13 strikeouts and one walk over 19 innings. She tossed a two-hit shutout of Pacific Lutheran, plus a complete-game five-hitter and five innings of relief (struck out side twice) against Texas-Dallas. … Buffalo State sophomore second baseman Stephanie Novo was 15-for-23 (.652) with five doubles, two triples, a homer, six RBI and four steals in four attempts in a 4-2 week for the Bengals. She went 2-for-4 with two runs scored in a loss to then-No. 22 North Central (Ill.) and hit for the cycle with three runs and four RBI in a five-inning victory over Thomas. … Rivier senior outfielder Nicole Peacock hit .682 (15-of-22) with five doubles, a triple, homer and eight RBI, plus eight stolen bases in a 3-3 week for the Raiders. She went 5-for-5 with five runs, a triple and three RBI in the first of two wins over Wheelock. … Rhode Island College senior centerfielder Stacy Pokora was 7-for-11 (.636) with a double, two homers and eight RBI in a 2-2 week for the Anchorwomen. She was 2-for-3 with a homer and three RBI in a loss to then-No. 25 Wheaton and a combined 3-for-6 for the twinbill. … Mary Hardin-Baylor senior pitcher Rebekah Ragsdale was 2-1 with a 0.86 ERA and 18 strikeouts, 12 hits and five walks over 21 innings. She had six strikeouts in a 2-1 win over then-No. 5 Linfield, plus a pair of three-hitters in a split with Concordia (Texas), including eight strikeouts in the second game. … Central (Iowa) senior shortstop Annie Sarcone was 4-for-12 (.333) with two doubles and six RBI in a 4-0 week for the Dutch. … Macalester junior shortstop Saraswati Wilson hit .647 (11-of-17) with a double, triple and five RBI in a 4-0 week for the Scots. She had three hits in three of the four games and was 2-for-4 with two runs scored in the other.
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, So., DP, Greenwood Village, Colo.
March 19 — Jessie Richardson, Coast Guard Academy, Jr., C, Kent., Wash.
March 26 — Hanna Contreras, Concordia (Texas) University, Fr., IF, Austin, Texas
April 2 — Megan Light, Emory University, Sr., 1B, Atlanta, Ga.
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.
March 19 — Alex Hill, Montclair State, Sr. P, Parsippany, N.J.
March 26 —Hayley Schultz, Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, Jr., P, Los Angeles
April 2 — Emily Hardaway, Hardin-Simmons, Fr., P, Midland, Texas