SPARTANBURG, S.C. – UNCG’s Nicole Thomas and Furman’s Lauren Collier have been named the Southern Conference Softball Player and Pitcher of the Week, respectively, the league announced Tuesday. The selections are made by the Southern Conference office.
Thomas was selected as Player of the Week after hitting .385 with four home runs and 11 RBIs in five games for UNCG last week. She got her week started with a monster game against Gardner-Webb, blasting three home runs and totaling eight RBIs in a 15-5 UNCG win. Her eight RBIs set a new school record and her three home runs tied the UNCG single-game record. Thomas picked up another RBI against Eastern Kentucky before tacking on another hit in a 4-3 loss to Georgia Southern. She finished the week by going 1-for-2 with two RBIs in UNCG’s 11-10 win over Georgia Southern on Sunday. Thomas notched five hits and scored five runs in her five appearances, also drawing four walks.
Collier earns Pitcher of the Week honors for her performances for Furman last week. She tossed a complete game against Bryant on Monday, striking out six and allowing just four hits in a 4-1 win. She pitched 1/3 of an inning of relief in Furman’s next game against Kennesaw State, picking up the save in a 5-3 victory before throwing four innings in game two against the Owls. Collier tossed her second complete game of the week in a 4-0 win over Samford, striking out eight batters and surrendering zero walks. She capped her week with 2 1/3 innings of relief work against Samford, fanning two and grabbing her second save of the week. Collier totaled 20 2/3 innings pitched in five appearances with 18 strikeouts while grabbing two wins and two saves.
Also receiving nominations for Player of the Week: Appalachian State’s Sarah Warnock, Elon’s Alaina Hall, Furman’s Sierra Bishop, Georgia Southern’s AJ Hamilton and Chattanooga’s Alyssa Taylor.
Also nominated for Pitcher of the Week: Appalachian State’s Shivaun Landeros, Elon’s Kayla Caruso, Georgia Southern’s Brooke Red, Chattanooga’s Katie Henderson and Western Carolina’s Jordan Garrett.
2014 Softball Player of the Week
Feb. 10 Emily Cameron, Elon
Feb. 17 Sam Taylor, Chattanooga
Feb. 24 Abby Adams, Samford
March 3 Carleigh Nestor, Elon
March 11 Anyssa Robles, Chattanooga
March 17 Nicole Thomas, UNCG
2014 Softball Pitcher of the Week
Feb. 10 Sarah Purvis, Georgia Southern
Feb. 17 Sarah Purvis, Georgia Southern
Feb. 24 Shelby Parker, Furman
March 3 Sarah Purvis, Georgia Southern
March 11 Sarah Purvis, Georgia Southern
March 17 Lauren Collier, Furman