The Southern Athletic Association has announced the softball Player and Pitcher of the Week for games played March 11 - 17 and Taylor Bassett of Birmingham-Southern won the Player award while teammate Bethany Fronk earned the Pitcher honor.
Softball Player of the Week - Taylor Bassett of Birmingham-Southern
Taylor Bassett (pictured making leaping grab) helped BSC to a 6-0 week that included a four-game sweep of Centre College over the weekend. The Panthers also extended their win streak to eight games and are now 13-7 overall and 6-2 in the SAA. Bassett hit .667 going 10-for-15 with 11 runs scored five home runs, two doubles and nine RBI. She had a 1.800 slugging percentage and a .783 on base percentage while drawing seven walks with no strikeouts. The Orlando, Fla., native went 3-for-3 with a run scored and an RBI double in a 8-2 win in game one against Covenant and she was 2-for-4 with two home runs, two RBI and two runs scored in game two versus CC. In the Centre series, Bassett went 5-for-6 with eight runs scored, five RBI, a double and two home runs six times, two intentionally, with no strikeouts. In game one on Saturday, Bassett was 3-for-4 with three runs scored, two home runs and four RBI to lead BSC to a 10-0 win and she was 0-for-1 with a walk and run scored in game two. On Sunday, Bassett was 0-for-1 and was walked three times and scored twice in a 5-3 game one win over Centre and she was 2-for-2 with two runs scored a double, a home run, an RBI and was walked two times in the 5-4 game two win.
Softball Pitcher of the Week- Bethany Fronk of Birmingham-Southern
Bethany Fronk went 5-0 this week with three complete games in the circle for Birmingham-Southern and is 7-0 during BSC's eight game winning streak that has the Panthers 6-0 in the SAA and 13-7 overall. Fronk had a 1.35 ERA in five appearances and three starts, while hurling 26 innings with 16 strikeouts, five walks and yielding six runs, five earned this week. The Clay, Ala., native tossed a complete game in a 8-2 win over Covenant, posting six strikeouts while giving up two runs, one earned on eight hits. She tossed 1.1 scoreless innings with a strikeout in relief to pick up the game two win over Covenant, 12-8. Fronk tossed a six inning complete game two hit shutout with three strikeouts in a 10-0 win over Centre on Saturday. Fronk pitched 4.2 innings in relief in a 4-3 game two win, allowing one run on two hits. On Sunday, Fronk struck out six batters and gave up three runs on seven hits in a complete game 5-3 game one win.
Fronk of BSC set to pitch
Other notable performances from around the league:
Kristen Stoll hit .615 as Berry went 4-0 on the week. She had 8 hits, one triple and two home runs as BC took 4 games at Sewanee. Stoll is a senior first baseman from Kennesaw, Ga.
Hendrix junior second baseman Catelyn Gibbs hit .429 (6-of-14) with two runs scored, a double and five runs batted in as the Warriors went 2-2 in non-conference play during the week. At Ozarks (Ark.) on Tuesday, the Sachse, Texas native recorded three hits in a double-header and drove in three runs in a 16-5 win. Gibbs also laid down a sacrifice bunt, breaking the career school record with 26. On Sunday at Austin, she had three more hits and drove in two in the Warriors' 5-3 victory over the 'Roos.
Caroline Thompson, the shortstop for Millsaps, went 6-for-12 with two triples, two doubles, two stolen bases, three runs and two RBI in the Majors' series against Rhodes. The junior from Memphis also played rock solid defense at short, making two diving catches and turning two double plays.
Amber Hunt had a career weekend for Rhodes going 5-for-10 at the plate with 2 homeruns, 2 doubles, 4 runs scored and 10 runs batted in. Hunt finished the weekend with a .500 batting average, a .583 on base percentage and a .900 slugging percentage as the Lynx took 3 of 4 games from the Millsaps Majors and improved their mark to 5-3 in the SAA, and 11-7 overall.
Freshman Allison Coronado went 2-0 as Berry went 4-0 for the week. In ten innings, she allowed no runs and just 6 hits. She struck out 9 and walked just one batter. The Kennesaw, Ga. native also hit .429 in 7 at bats this week.