SPARTANBURG, S.C. – Samford’s Shelby Maze and Mercer’s Jill McElderry have been named Southern Conference softball player and pitcher of the week, respectively, for games played Feb. 27 to March 4, the conference office announced Monday.
Maze hit an impressive .625 in two games last week, finishing 5-for-8 from the plate as Samford split a doubleheader with Tennessee Tech. In the first game, the senior recorded three hits, including a double, and scored three runs as the Bulldogs earned an 11-8 win. In the second contest of the day, the Morris, Alabama, native tallied two hits, one run and one RBI. Maze finished the day with five hits and four runs. The preseason co-player of the year, this is the first weekly award of her career.
McElderry tossed 12.0 innings and earned two wins last week as the Bears improved their record to 14-5 on the year. The senior started the week with six strikeouts against Lamar, scattering five hits in a complete-game effort. McElderry then went five innings in a win over Alcorn State, allowing just two hits and striking out seven. The Springhill, Florida, native finished the weekend with a 1.17 ERA and gave up just two runs. McElderry currently ranks first in the league in opposing batting average (.141), batters struck out looking (14) and runs allowed (9) and ranks in the top 10 in seven other statistical categories. This is the first weekly award of her career.
Others nominated for player of the week: Taylor Wright (ETSU), AnnaRose Borrelli (Furman) and Madison Armstrong (Western Carolina).
Others nominated for pitcher of the week: Madison Ogle (ETSU), Lindsey Bert (Furman) and Haley Brogden (Western Carolina).
2018 SoCon Softball Players of the Week
Feb. 12 – Marisa Sholtes, 1B, RJr., UNCG
Feb. 19 – Makenna Matthijs, OF, Fr., UNCG
Feb. 26 – Caroline Taylor, 1B, RSr., Mercer
March 5 – Shelby Maze, OF, Sr., Samford
2018 SoCon Softball Pitchers of the Week
Feb. 12 – Emily Demonte, Jr., Furman
Feb. 19 – Emily Demonte, Jr., Furman
Feb. 26 – Lindsey Bert, Sr., Furman
March 5 – Jill McElderry, Sr., Mercer