SPARTANBURG, S.C. – Samford outfielder Abby Sweeney and pitcher Jessica Stone have been named the Southern Conference Softball Player and Pitcher of the Week, respectively, for games held March 13-19, the league announced Monday. Selections are made by the Southern Conference office.
Sweeney hit an impressive .615 (8-for-13) with two doubles, three home runs and 10 RBIs in the Bulldogs’ five games last week. The senior outfielder recorded at least one hit in every game and posted two multi-hit games on the week. Sweeney’s peak performance came in Samford’s 8-4 win over Western Illinois on Sunday as she homered twice and drove in four runs. In Saturday’s win over Western Illinois, she went 3-for-3 with two doubles and three RBIs. Sweeney was also the deciding factor in Samford’s 2-1 win over UT Martin on Saturday as she homered to left-center field in the sixth inning to put the Bulldogs up, 2-1. Sweeney also drove in two runs in Bulldogs’ 8-7 loss against Western Kentucky, which was decided in the eighth inning Tuesday evening.
Stone posted a 2-0 record and a 2.15 ERA in two appearances for Samford last week. The Moody, Alabama, native pitched a complete game shutout in the Bulldogs’ 6-0 win over Western Illinois on Saturday. Stone allowed just two hits and two walks to hold Western Illinois’ batting average to .090. In Sunday’s 8-4 win over Western Illinois, Stone tossed 6.0 innings, allowing four runs on five hits to lead Samford to its ninth win of the season.
Other nominees for player of the week: Danielle Knoetze (ETSU), Taylor Miller (Mercer), Jasmine Palmer (UNCG) and Amanda Beltran (Chattanooga).
Other nominees for pitcher of the week: Tiffany Laughren (ETSU) and Stella Preston (Mercer).
2017 Softball Players of the Week
Feb. 13 – Tiffany Laughren, ETSU, OF
Feb. 20 – Jasmine Palmer, UNCG, UT
Feb. 27 – Megan Lane, Mercer, C
March 6 – Abby Walsh, Mercer, OF
March 13 – Emily Acquaviva, UNCG, OF
March 20 – Abby Sweeney, Samford, OF
2017 Softball Pitchers of the Week
Feb. 13 – Madison Ogle, ETSU
Feb. 20 – Lindsey Bert, Furman
Feb. 27 – Lindsey Bert, Furman
March 6 – Courtney Buchanan, Western Carolina
March 13 – Lindsey Bert, Furman
March 20 – Jessica Stone, Samford