From the Desk of Dave Hines - Director of Publications - National Fastpitch Coaches Association
Luther College's Samantha Bratland captured the final Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division III National Pitcher of the Week honors for the week ending Sunday, May 6.
Junior right-hander Bratland went 4-0 last week to help lead the (35-8) Norse to their third-straight Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference tournament title. In the conference tournament, the Spring Grove, Minn., native won three games, with a pair of five-hitters, and four innings of no-hit ball in the other. She allowed just one earned run over 17 tournament innings in the circle.
Last Tuesday, she pitched a three-hitter and had five strikeouts in Luther's win over Central in the first game of its final conference double header of the season, to give her just one earned run allowed in 24 innings for the week.
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
May 9 — Samantha Bratland, Luther College, Jr., RHP, Spring Grove, Minn.
May 2 — Anna Gernant, Calvin College, Jr., RHP, West Des Moines, Iowa
April 25 — Alanna Namit, The College of New Jersey, Fr., RHP, Mountainside, N.J.
April 18 — Jazmyn Rohrer, Westminster College (Pa.), Sr., RHP, Purcellville, Va.
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.