LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The College of New Jersey’s Alanna Namit and Pfeiffer University’s Vada Blue Sherrill captured this week’s Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division III National Pitcher and Player of the Week honors, respectively.
For Sherrill, it is her second Player of the Week award over the first three weeks of the season, while Namit is a first-time honoree.
Freshman right-hander Namit pitched back-to-back no-hitters last week. In a 9-0, five-inning victory over Wheaton (Mass.), the Governor Livingston High graduate walked two, but recorded all 15 outs via strikeout. She followed that by fanning seven in a 9-0 win over Trinity (Conn.). For the season, Namit is 3-0 with an 1.27 earned-run average, five hits allowed and 37 strikeouts over 22 innings in the circle.
Junior shortstop Sherrill, meanwhile, hit .467 (14-for-30) for the (18-2) Falcons. The Hiddenite, N.C., product had six homers — including two grand slams — a double, triple, 10 stolen bases, 14 runs scored and 19 RBI. In the 16 games since winning her first Player of the Week honor, the 2014 Gatorade North Carolina Player of the Year has hit 10 homers and collected 35 RBI.
Other Top Performances
East Texas Baptist senior pitcher Jordan Anderson collected a win and a save in a sweep of Texas-Dallas, striking out 14 in a 7-4 win in game two and holding the Comets hitless over 2.2 innings of relief in game three. … East Texas Baptist junior third baseman Mackenzie Anderson hit .583 (7-for-12) with seven runs, four walks, three homers and six RBI … Meredith senior second baseman Eran Artigues was 7-for-14 (.500) with a double, walk-off homer, and five RBI. … Rowan sophomore pitcher Jesse DeDomenico went 3-0 with a 0.88 ERA, two earned runs and 11 strikeouts over 16 innings. Her five-hit shutout dealt Muskingum its first loss after 11 straight wins to start the season. ... Potsdam junior center fielder Brooke Falsion batted .533 (8-for-15) with six runs, a triple, two RBI and four steals in four attempts. … Central junior pitcher Mariah Fritz went 4-1 with a save and 19 strikeouts over 33 innings. She pitched a two-hit shutout against Wisconsin-La Crosse and returned later that day to strand the bases loaded for the save in a win over Augsburg. … Hiram freshman center fielder Kaitlyn Hager hit .600 (18-for-30) with 14 runs, five doubles, two homers, five steals and seven RBI. … Rhodes junior shortstop Jill Healy hit for the cycle in a win over Simmons and had nine runs, two doubles, two triples, three homers, three steals and 13 RBI for the week. … Saint Benedict freshman pitcher Ally Hjort struck out 10 in a nine-inning loss to 2017 NCAA Division III runner-up St. John Fisher and finished the week with a 3-1 record, two complete games, six walks, five earned runs and 25 strikeouts over 26.2 innings. … Potsdam senior pitcher/utility player Samantha Hubinsky excelled in her first action since suffering an ACL injury in fall 2016, batting .417 with four runs, four doubles and five RBI at the plate, and recording six strikeouts and a win in two appearances in the circle. … Oneonta freshman shortstop Caroline Koch was 13-for-24 (.542) with seven runs, four doubles, two homers and 12 RBI. She hit her first grand slam in her second collegiate at-bat and collected a hit in each of her first nine games. … Moravian senior catcher Janae Matos hit .526 (10-for-18) with nine runs, five doubles, three walks, and three RBI, becoming the eighth player in school history to record 100 career RBI. … La Verne sophomore pitcher/utility player Katheryn Navarro went 2-for-3 (.667) with a homer and two RBI at the plate in game one and pitched an one-hitter in game two against Occidental. … Moravian senior pitcher Josie Novak was 3-0 with an 1.47 ERA, six walks and 20 strikeouts in 19 innings, becoming the third player in school history to post 500 career strikeouts. … Trine senior outfielder Erica Robles put 20 hits toward a .714 batting average and added seven steals and nine RBI in a 7-1 week for the Thunder. … Otterbein senior utility player Savannah Sarkine hit .450 with 13 runs, four homers, three walks and seven RBI. … Rowan senior outfielder Morgan Smith was 14-for-21 (.667) with eight runs, two doubles, three homers, and eight RBI. … Central senior left fielder Tabitha Taylor batted .417 (10-for-24) with three doubles, a triple, two homers and six walks. She became the first player in school history to collect two walk-off homers on the same day, delivering wins against Staten Island and Rochester Institute of Technology. … Saint Benedict junior first baseman Megan Toninato was 18-for 35 (.514) with seven runs, two doubles, a triple and five RBI. … Randolph-Macon junior pitcher Candace Whittemore won twice last week, combining with Madie Rhoads on a five-inning, one-hit shutout of Keuka and tossing a complete-game five-hitter against Manhattanville, collecting 10 strikeouts for the two games. … Randolph-Macon junior infielder Savannah Wood hit .727 (8-for-11), scored nine runs and drove in five, while walking three times and striking out just once.
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
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
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.