LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Emory University’s Jacqueline Spizizen and the University of Pittsburgh-Bradford’s Madison East captured this week’s Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division III National Pitcher and Player of the Week honors, respectively.
Freshman right-hander Spizizen collected three of surging Emory’s four wins in a road series sweep of Washington University, allowing just one unearned run in 17 innings, striking out 13 and walking one. The West Bloomfield, Mich., native appeared in all four games, as the (17-7) Eagles recorded their 10th straight win to return to the NFCA rankings this week at No. 25. Washington hitters managed just an .136 average against Spizizen for the four games.
Sophomore center fielder East, meanwhile, went 5-for-5 and reached base in all seven of her plate appearances in limited action due to the weather, with a double, triple, six runs batted in, three runs, three steals, a walk and one hit by pitch. The Milton High graduate had three RBI in both ends of the Panthers’ doubleheader sweep of Alfred State.
Other Top Performances
Bethany Lutheran freshman left fielder Eden Ambrose went 4-for-6 (.667) with a double and four RBI. … Central (Iowa) senior pitcher Annie DeVries needed just 69 pitches to complete a two-hit shutout of Simpson. … Suffolk junior pitcher/utility player Jaclyn Flint batted .667 (4-for-6) with a double, triple and four RBI. … Suffolk senior pitcher Taylor Holmes fanned seven in a two-hit shutout of Norwich. … Berry senior pitcher Kassie Howard led a three-game sweep of Birmingham-Southern by going 2-0 with a save, while striking out 18 over 13.1 innings. … Randolph-Macon senior first baseman Harley Jones hit the game-tying, three-run homer in the sixth inning of a game the Yellow Jackets eventually won 7-6 in nine innings. … La Verne freshman pitcher Jiana Rojo struck out six in her first career no-hitter against Chapman … Berry freshman right fielder Brooke Whittemore hit .429 (3-for-7) with three runs, a double and a triple. … Randolph-Macon junior pitcher Candace Whittemore did not allow a walk and yielded just nine hits over 14 innings in a sweep of then-No. 25 Emory & Henry. She had 12 of her 17 strikeouts for the week in a four-hit shutout of the Wasps.
Winners are selected by the NFCA Division III Top 25 Committee, which has a representative for each of the eight NCAA regions.
2018 Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division III National Pitcher of the Week
April 11 — Jacqueline Spizizen, Emory University, Fr., RHP, West Bloomfield, Mich.
April 4 — Hanna Hull, Virginia Wesleyan University, So., LHP, Chesterfield, Va.
March 28 — Sydney Jones, Hope College, Sr., RHP, South Lyon, Mich.
March 21 — Jesse DeDomenico, Rowan University, So., RHP, East Windsor, N.J.
March 14 — Alanna Namit, The College of New Jersey, Fr., RHP, Mountainside, N.J.
March 7 — Hanna Hull, Virginia Wesleyan University, So., LHP, Chesterfield, Va.
Feb. 28 — Hanna Hull, Virginia Wesleyan University, So., LHP, Chesterfield, Va.
2018 Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division III National Player of the Week
April 11 — Madison East, University of Pittsburgh-Bradford, So., CF, Milton, Pa.
April 4 — Grace Stock, Calvin College, Fr., C, Vicksburg, Mich.
March 28 — Laurren Ladwig, Manchester University, Sr., 2B, Crown Point, Ind.
March 21 — Morgan Arst, East Texas Baptist University, So., LF, Marshall, Texas
March 14 — Vada Blue Sherrill, Pfeiffer University, Jr., SS, Hiddenite, N.C.
March 7 — Amy Large, Virginia Wesleyan University, Sr., OF, Kennett Square, Pa.
Feb. 28 — Vada Blue Sherrill, Pfeiffer University, Jr., SS, Hiddenite, N.C.