SPARTANBURG, S.C. – Samford’s Whitney Hinton and Mercer’s Bailey Pattison have been named the Southern Conference softball player and pitcher of the week, respectively, for games played April 8-14, the conference office announced Monday. It is the first weekly award of the season for both Hinton and Pattison.
Hinton hit an astonishing .833 as she went 5-for-6 at the plate in Samford’s three-game sweep of ETSU over the weekend. In the first game of the series, the second baseman went 3-for-4 with four RBIs and two runs scored. She smacked two home runs in the 7-5 win. She followed that performance with a 2-for-2 showing in the second game of the day, blasting another homer and finishing with another four RBIs and pair of runs scored. She also drew a walk and was hit by a pitch in the 8-0 shutout. The native of Theodore, Alabama, drew four walks and scored three runs in Samford’s 10-2 win on Sunday. In SoCon play, Hinton, a junior, leads the conference in hits (15), runs scored (14), RBIs (19), home runs (eight) and total bases (40).
Pattison had a 1.00 ERA in one appearance, helping Mercer past Chattanooga, 2-1, in the series finale. The freshman tossed a complete-game three-hitter, allowing just one run and one walk. The complete game was her eighth of the season and second straight. The native of Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, owns a 3-0 record and a league-best 0.71 ERA in three conference starts, allowing just 11 hits in 19 2/3 innings pitched.
Samford (20-25, 9-3 SoCon) and Mercer (20-23, 6-3) battle in a three-game series this weekend as the Bulldogs welcome the Bears to Birmingham, Alabama.
Others nominated for player of the week: Delaney Cumbie (UNCG), Aly Walker (Chattanooga) and Hunter Gibbons (Western Carolina).
Others nominated for pitcher of the week: Taylor DeCelles (Samford), Mariah Ramirez (Chattanooga) and Shaina Reed (Western Carolina).
2019 SoCon Softball Players of the Week
Feb. 11 – Aly Walker, OF/DP, Jr., Chattanooga
Feb. 18 – Amanda Beltran, C., Sr., Chattanooga
Feb. 25 – Nikki Grupp, 3B, Jr., ETSU
March 4 – Marissa Guimbarda, DP/1B, So., Furman
March 11 – Emma Sturdivant, 1B, Sr., Chattanooga
March 18 – Emily Coltharp, SS, Fr., Chattanooga
March 25 – Kasidy Dunn, INF, Fr., ETSU
April 1 – Hannah Trombley, DP, Sr., Samford
April 8 – Megan Lane, INF, Sr., Mercer
April 15 – Whitney Hinton, 2B, Jr., Samford
2019 SoCon Softball Pitchers of the Week
Feb. 11 – Celie Hudson, Jr., Chattanooga
Feb. 18 – Kelly Schmidt, Jr., ETSU
Feb. 25 – Stephanie Bryden, Sr., UNCG
March 4 – Emily DeMonte, Sr., Furman
March 11 – Mariah Ramirez, Fr., Chattanooga
March 18 – Stephanie Bryden, Sr., UNCG
March 25 – Emily DeMonte, Sr., Furman
April 1 – Stephanie Bryden, Sr., UNCG
April 8 – Stephanie Bryden, Sr., UNCG
April 15 – Bailey Pattison, Fr., Mercer