March 25, 2009

By Amy Farnum Novin

Salisbury University broke into the NFCA Division III Top 25 at No. 21 after cruising to a flawless 5-0 week behind the practically perfect pitching of Kelsey Mills.

The native of Frederick, Md., did not surrender a single hit in 15 scoreless innings, striking out 23 batters in three appearances.  Mills missed a perfect game versus Plattsburgh State on March 20 by one error, and finished up the day with a save in a victory over then-No. 23 Ithaca.  She struck out a career-high 13 batters against SUNY Geneseo during her second no-hitter of the week as she improved to 5-2 on the year.  Mills garnered Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division III National Player of the Week and CAC Player of the Week for her accomplishments. 

The Sea Gulls have won nine straight contests, and open Capital Athletic Conference play against Wesley on March 25.

BEAR TRACKS:  Washington (Mo.) University posted a 7-1 record at the University Athletic Association Championship to claim its six straight league title thanks to key pitching performances by sophomore Claire Voris.

Voris turned in a 5-1 record and 0.19 ERA with 46 strikeouts in 36.2 innings pitched to earn UAA Tournament Most Valuable Player honors March 14.  Her week was highlighted by a pair of back-to-back three-hit shutouts against then-No. 6 Emory University.

The native of Barrington, Ill., followed it up with a 3-0 mark, 0.58 ERA and 27 strikeouts in four appearances last week, including a no-hitter in a 2-0 victory at Westminster College on March 28.  Voris improved to 9-2 on the year and ranks second in the UAA with a 0.76 ERA.

The Bears have won 11 of their last 13 games, and moved up to No. 5 in the latest NFCA Division III Top 25.

GOING DUTCH:  Central College freshman Angela Davis picked up Iowa Conference Female Athlete of the Week honors for propelling the Flying Dutch to a 10-0 record at the Tucson Invitational Games in Arizona last week.

The native of West Des Moines, Iowa, batted .419 with 10 runs scored and eight RBI in 10 games as the Dutch stretched their winning streak to 13 games.  Davis ripped a two-out, two-run hit as part of a sixth-inning, six-run rally in Central’s comeback 6-4 victory over then-No. 2 Wisconsin-Eau Claire, the defending NCAA Division III champion.

The Dutch are 15-1 on the year, and entered the latest NFCA Division III Top 25 at No. 15.

NOTABLE:  Tufts University is off to the program’s best start in history after opening with a 12-0 record during a spring break trip to California.  Two Jumbo players were named New England Small College Athletic Conference Player and Pitcher of the Week for their contributions.  Senior right fielder Maya Ripecky batted .525 with 10 extra base hits, 15 runs scored and 13 RBI, while sophomore pitcher Izzie Santone compiled a 6-0 record with a 0.25 ERA and a save.  The Jumbos climbed to No. 9 in the latest poll after their stellar start … Ramapo College sophomore Lyndsay Buehler helped the Roadrunners record a 10-0 mark during their spring trip to Florida as she turned in three wins and a 0.38 ERA during the week.  The native of River Vale, N.J., allowed just one earned run and six hits in 18.0 innings pitched, while striking out 28 batters.  She was named New Jersey Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Week for her efforts … Texas-Tyler is the new No. 1 team in the NFCA Division III Top 25 after compiling a 6-0 record last week that included two one-run wins over then-No. 1 Louisiana College.  The Patriots hold the top spot for just the second time in school history after improving to 19-1 on the year.