LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Jessie Richardson of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy and Montclair State's Alex Hill have been selected as the Louisville Slugger/National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Division III National Player and Pitcher of the Week, respectively.
Richardson, a junior catcher for the (6-4) Bears, had a .720 average (18-of-25) with 10 runs scored, three doubles, a triple, 10 runs batted in and four steals in four attempts during a 4-4 week for her school. The Kent, Wash., native compiled a .920 slugging percentage and a .700 on-base average, had a stretch where she went 16-for-17 with seven RBI and threw out two potential base stealers.
She currently leads the NEWMAC in 10 offensive categories including; hits (21), doubles (5), triples (2), RBI (17), total bases (30), sac flies (2), stolen bases (4 – in four attempts), batting average (.677), on-base percentage (.658), and slugging percentage (.968) while ranking third with twelve runs scored.
Hill, a senior right-hander from Parsippany, N.J., figured in every decision in a 5-1 week for the (7-1) Red Hawks, who are ranked third in the latest NFCA Division III Top 25 Poll. She had a miniscule 0.50 earned-run average and 66 strikeouts in 42 innings, allowing 21 hits and six runs (three earned), while walking just five and pitching four complete games.
Hill held opposing batters to an .146 average for the six games and struck out 11 in a two-hit shutout of then-No. 5 Cortland State, fanned 12 in a nine-inning win over new No. 20 Washington (Md.) College and 14 each in a nine-inning loss to Thomas More and a win over Simpson to surpass 1,000 strikeouts for her career. She also helped herself at the plate, with a .389 average (7-of-18) with a double, homer, two RBI and four walks.
Coast Guard currently sits at 6-4 on the season. The Bears are scheduled to play next on Wednesday, March 19th when they host 2013 regional qualifier Roger Williams in a 3:00 pm double-header before opening up NEWMAC play on Sunday, March 23rd with a 1:00 pm double-header against Springfield.
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.
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.