SPARTANBURG, S.C. – Samford outfielder Kelsey Royalty has been named the General Shale Southern Conference Student-Athlete of the Week for competition held May 10-16, the league office announced Wednesday.
Royalty went 6-for-14 (.429) at the plate with a double, a home run and four RBIs in five games last week at the Southern Conference Championship tournament in Chattanooga, Tennessee. In addition to leading the fourth-seeded Bulldogs to Saturday's championship game, Royalty posted team-high in slugging percentage (.714) and runs scored (five) while achieving an on-base percentage of .500 for the week. Her most notable game of the week came in an elimination game on Friday in the Bulldogs' 3-1 win over top-seeded UNCG as she went 2-for-3 with a home run and two RBIs. For her performance, Royalty was named to the SoCon's All-Tournament Team.
In the classroom, Royalty boasts a 3.8 grade point average as Journalism/Mass Communication major.
The General Shale Southern Conference Student-Athlete of the Week recognizes student-athletes that hold a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.3 and whose sport is currently in-season. Nominees must have also completed at least one full academic year at their respective institutions.
Also nominated for SoCon Student-Athlete of the Week: Jake Crawford, (Furman, baseball), Ryan Hagan (Mercer, baseball) and Brandon White (VMI, baseball).
General Shale SoCon Student-Athletes of the Week
Sept. 7: Frank Lara, Furman, men's cross country
Sept. 14: Jay Broom, VMI, men's cross country
Sept. 21: Tori Penrod, Mercer, volleyball
Sept. 28: Derrick Craine, Chattanooga, football
Oct. 5: Anna Maddox, Samford, women's soccer
Oct. 12: Maddie Clark, Mercer, women's soccer
Oct. 19: Samantha Espy, The Citadel, volleyball
Oct. 26: Myles Pierce, The Citadel, football
Nov. 2: David Marvin, Wofford, football
Nov. 9: Virginia McNeill, Samford, women's soccer
Nov. 16: Jajuan Stinson, ETSU, football
Nov. 30: Sherae Bonner, Western Carolina, women's basketball
Dec. 7: Amanda Thompson, Mercer, women's basketball
Dec. 14: Ellen Riggins, Samford, women's basketball
Dec. 21: Ellen Riggins, Samford, women's basketball
Jan. 4: Jared Johnson, Chattanooga, wrestling
Jan. 11: Lydia McGee, Samford, women's basketball
Jan. 18: Jared Johnson, Chattanooga, wrestling
Jan. 25: Marina Guinart, ETSU, women's tennis
Feb. 1: Stephen Kulick, The Citadel, men's indoor track & field
Feb. 8: Allie Buchalski, Furman, women's indoor track & field
Feb. 15: Javion Lee, Samford, men's indoor track & field
Feb. 22: Matt Frisbee, UNCG, baseball
Feb. 28: Bryan Sammons, Western Carolina, baseball
March 8: Josh Winder, VMI, baseball
March 15: Matt Quinn, Mercer, men's lacrosse
March 22: Tiffany Laughren, ETSU, softball
March 29: Wes Gosselin, Chattanooga, men's golf
April 5: Josh Winder, VMI, baseball
April 12: Loy Hee Ying, ETSU, women's tennis
April 19: Brandon White, VMI, men's outdoor track & field
April 26: David Biosca, ETSU, men's tennis
May 3: Carson Waln, Wofford, baseball
May 10: Josh Winder, VMI, baseball
May 17: Kelsey Royalty, Samford, softball