USA South Athletes of the Week - March 28, 2011

USA South Athletes of the Week - March 28, 2011


Players of the Week

Baseball Player of the Week
          Jordan Kidd, Averett - The sophomore left fielder from Chesapeake, Virginia hit .563 (9-for-16) with four RBI, one run scored, one double, two walks and two stolen bases in a 2-2 week for the Cougars. In a 13-6 loss to nationally-ranked Tufts, Kidd was 2-for-4 with one stolen base. In a 4-0 win over Lynchburg, Kidd was 1-for-3 with one run batted in, one double and two walks. Finally, in a doubleheader split with USA South foe Christopher Newport, Kidd was a combined 6-for-9 with three RBI, one run scored and one stolen base. Also Nominated: Brandon Thigpen, Methodist; Kurt Krout, Shenandoah; Steven Lindemuth, Christopher Newport; Justin Rahm, N.C. Wesleyan; Sammy Holloway, Ferrum.

Baseball Pitcher of the Week
           Matt Mitchell, Averett - The junior from Hampton, Virginia earned a win in a 4-0 victory over Lynchburg in his only appearance last week for the Cougars. Mitchell tossed a complete-game, two-hit, shutout to collect the victory. He allowed just one walk and struck out eight batters in the win. Also Nominated: Tre' Britt, Methodist; Ben Hendrickson, Shenandoah; Andrew Webb, N.C. Wesleyan; Greg Goldsmith, Christopher Newport.

Softball Player of the Week
           Brittany Parsons, Greensboro - The senior catcher from Wilkesboro, North Carolina hit .458 (11-for-24) with 12 RBI, five runs scored, two doubles, three home runs and one walk as The Pride posted a 3-3 record last week. In a doubleheader sweep of USA South foe Methodist, Parsons was a combined 8-for-10 with eight RBI, three runs scored, one double and one home run. In two losses to Guilford, Parson was hitless with one walk. Finally, in a doubleheader split with USA South rival Christopher Newport, Parsons was a combined 3-for-8 with four RBI, two runs scored, one double and two home runs. Also Nominated: Jessica Poindexter, N.C. Wesleyan; Katie Byrd, Methodist; Rachel Shumaker, Ferrum; Lauren Daniel, Averett; Jessie Atkinson, Christopher Newport.

Softball Pitcher of the Week
           Arielle Stout, Meredith - The Siler City, North Carolina senior accumulated a 3-0 record in four appearances, all versus USA South competition, last week for the Avenging Angels. In 22.2 innings pitched, Stout allowed four runs, three of which were earned, on four hits with ten walks and 52 strikeouts. In a 2-0 win over N.C. Wesleyan, Stout tossed a one-hit shutout and struck out 16 batters. In a 13-0, five-inning, win over Mary Baldwin, Stout went the distance and did not allow a hit while walking one and striking out 14. In an 8-2 victory over Peace, Stout went all seven innings and allowed two runs on one hit with seven walks and 16 strikeouts. Finally, in a 7-0 loss to Peace, Stout collected a no-decision as she came on in relief and allowed two runs, only one of which was earned, on two hits with two walks and six strikeouts in 3.2 innings pitched. Also Nominated: Kendra Yearick, Peace; Nicole DeFilippo, Averett; Brooke Over, Shenandoah.

Lacrosse Player of the Week
           Brooke Hewartson, Ferrum - The Leesburg, Virginia sophomore attacker tallied 20 points on eight goals and 12 assists as the Panthers posted a 3-0 record last week versus USA South competition. Hewartson also contributed five draw controls, four groundballs and one caused turnover last week. In a 13-1 win over N.C. Wesleyan, Hewartson scored three times and added three assists, two groundballs and two draw controls. In a 19-3 victory over LaGrange, Hewartson totaled two goals, a new school-record six assists, two groundballs and two draw controls. Finally, in a 14-4 win over Agnes Scott, Hewartson scored three goals, dished out three assists, caused one turnovers and grabbed one draw control. Also Nominated: Amy Rollins, Shenandoah; Melissa Gallaher, Greensboro; Kaitlin Quigley, Christopher Newport.

Lacrosse Defensive Player of the Week
           Hannah Wilkerson, Christopher Newport - The Falls Church, Virginia freshman goalkeeper compiled a 2-0 record, including one shutout, last week for the Captains. Wilkerson spent 120 minutes in goal and made nine saves while allowing six goals last week. In a 22-0 win over USA South foe N.C. Wesleyan, Wilkerson needed to make just one save. In a 21-6 victory over Guilford, Wilkerson eight saves to secure the win. Also Nominated: Ashley Cross, Shenandoah; Velena Taylor, Ferrum.

Men's Tennis Player of the Week
          Xavier Ruiz, Averett - The senior from Guayaquil, Ecuador posted a 3-0 record at the number-two singles position and a 3-0 record at the number-three doubles flight last week for the Cougars. Ruiz posted singles wins over opponents from Greensboro, Chowan and King College. In doubles action, Ruiz teamed with Bruno Faidutti to earn the three victories. Also Nominated: Matthew Taylor, Methodist.

Women's Tennis Player of the Week
          Katherine Meindl, Methodist - The sophomore from Butler, Pennsylvania posted a 2-0 record both the number-two singles and number-one doubles positions last week for the Monarchs. Meindl earned straight-set victories over opponents from USA South foes Meredith and Mary Baldwin. In doubles action, Meindl teamed with Katherine Flaherty to earn wins over opponents from Meredith and Ferrum. Also Nominated: Sarah Stafford, Christopher Newport.


Rookies of the Week

Baseball Rookie of the Week
          Billy Steel, Christopher Newport - The freshman shortstop from Mechanicsville, Virginia hit .350 (7-for-20) with five RBI, four runs scored, one double, one triple and one walk as the Captains posted a 4-1 record last week. In a 7-3 win over Catholic, Steel was 3-for-4 with three RBI, two runs scored and one double. In a 4-0 victory over Salisbury, Steel was 1-for-4 with one run batted in. In a 5-3 victory over nationally-ranked Tufts, Steel was 1-for-3 with two runs scored one triple and one walk. Finally, in a doubleheader split with USA South foe Averett, Steel was a combined 2-for-9 with one run batted in. Also Nominated: Sergio Davis, Methodist.

Baseball Rookie Pitcher of the Week
          Cody Moore, Averett - The Yorktown, Virginia freshman earned a win in a 13-1, eight-inning, victory over USA South foe Christopher Newport in his only appearance last week for the Cougars. Moore tossed eight scoreless innings allowing one unearned run on two hits with three walks and four strikeouts. Also Nominated: Bryan Bierlein, Christopher Newport.

Softball Rookie of the Week
          Heather Sink, Shenandoah - The freshman shortstop from Chesterfield, Virginia hit .571 (8-for-14) with six runs scored, two RBI, two doubles, one triple, one sacrifice fly and one stolen base as the Hornets posted a 4-0 record last week. In a doubleheader sweep of Mary Washington, Sink was a combined 4-for-6 with two runs scored, one triple and one stolen base. In a doubleheader sweep of USA South foe N.C. Wesleyan, Sink was a combined 4-for-8 with four runs scored, two RBI and two doubles. Also Nominated: Kelly Foate, Christopher Newport; Sarah Reichart, N.C. Wesleyan; Courtney Burner, Ferrum; Emily Cooke, Meredith.

Softball Rookie Pitcher of the Week
          Kelsey Sanfilippo, Greensboro - The freshman from New Bern, North Carolina posted a 2-1 record last week in three appearances for The Pride. She totaled 19.2 innings pitched and allowed six runs, four of which were earned, on 18 hits with four walks and 17 strikeouts. In an 8-2, ten-inning, win over USA South foe Methodist, Sanfilippo pitched six innings and did not allow a run, hit or walk while striking out four batters. In a 4-2, nine-inning, defeat to Guilford, Sanfilippo took the loss as she pitched 8.2 innings and allowed four runs, two of which were earned, on 11 hits with two walks and nine strikeouts. Finally, in a 7-3 victory over USA South rival Christopher Newport, Sanfilippo earned the win by tossing five innings, allowing two runs on seven hits with two walks and three strikeouts. Also Nominated: Aaryn Deal, Peace; Candace Piner, Methodist.

Lacrosse Rookie of the Week
          Samantha Sisson, Shenandoah - The Keuka Park, New York freshman midfielder tallied 15 points on 11 goals and four assists as the Hornets posted a 3-0 record last week. Sisson also contributed 11 draw controls, ten groundballs and eight caused turnovers last week. In an 18-7 win over Frostburg State, Sisson tallied five goals, one assist, five draw controls, four caused turnovers and three groundballs. In a 16-2 victory over USA South foe Methodist, Sisson totaled three goals, one assist, four draw controls, one groundball and one caused turnover. Finally, in a 16-2 win over St. Vincent, Sisson contributed three goals, two assists, six groundballs, three caused turnovers and two draw controls. Also Nominated: Micaela Sandoval, Greensboro; Courtney Hamm, Ferrum; Jessica Singer, Christopher Newport.

Men's Tennis Rookie of the Week
          Greg Patterson, Methodist - The freshman from Elon, North Carolina earned wins at the number-three singles and number-one doubles spots in a match with USA South foe Greensboro which was the team's only action last week. Patterson lost just one game in his singles match and teamed with Matthew Taylor to defeat the opponent's top doubles team. Also Nominated: Andrey Yesyr, Averett.

Women's Tennis Rookie of the Week
          Puja Patel, Meredith - The freshman from Snowhill, North Carolina posted a 2-0 record at the number-one singles flight and a 1-1 mark at the number-three doubles position last week for the Avenging Angels. Patel earned wins over top-players from Methodist and Southern Virginia. In doubles action, Patel teamed with Meg Crumpton to defeat their opponents from Southern Virginia. Also Nominated: Jodi Noland, Christopher Newport; Laura Baker, Methodist.


PLEASE NOTE: At least half of the teams in a sport must have competed within the previous week for honors to be awarded.