USA South Athletes of the Week - March 11, 2013

USA South Athletes of the Week - March 11, 2013

(FAYETTEVILLE, N.C.)

Baseball Player of the Week
Keith Grabowski, Piedmont - The sophomore outfielder from Suwanee, Georgia made just four outs in 20 plate appearances, going 9-for-12 (.750) with eight runs scored, three RBI, one double, six walks and three stolen bases as the Lions posted a 4-1 record last week versus USA South competition. In doubleheader sweep of N.C. Wesleyan, Grabowski only played in game-two and went 4-for-5 with three runs scored, one double and one stolen base. In a three-game series win at Methodist, Grabowski was a combined 5-for-7 with five runs scored, three RBI, six walks and two stolen bases. Also Nominated: Andrew Kirks, Averett; Cody Muren, LaGrange; Jake Alexander, N.C. Wesleyan; James Feldmann, Greensboro; Nick Dean, Maryville; Preston Grissom, Christopher Newport.

Baseball Pitcher of the Week
Doug Scherer, LaGrange - The Cumming, Georgia senior earned a victory in his only appearance on the mound last week. In a 3-2 win over nationally-ranked USA South foe Christopher Newport, Scherer went the distance and allowed just two runs on eight hits with one walk and nine strikeouts. Also Nominated: Bryan Bierlein, Christopher Newport; Chris Moyer, Averett; Jake Swartout, N.C. Wesleyan; Matt Lisk, Piedmont; Trevor Brackett, Maryville.

Softball Player of the Week
Megan McClain, Piedmont - The senior infielder from Bishop, Georgia went 11-for-20 (.550) with five runs scored, three RBI, one double, two walks and four stolen bases as the Lions posted a 4-2 record last week at the NFCA Leadoff Classic which included three wins over nationally-ranked opponents. In a 3-1 win over 17th-ranked Ohio Northern, McClain was 2-for-4 with three stolen bases. In a 1-0 loss to 25th-ranked East Texas Baptist, McClain was 1-for-4. In a 2-1 win over tenth-ranked Central (IA), McClain was held hitless in two at-bats. In a 5-0 victory over Willamette, McClain was 3-for-4 with two runs scored, one run batted in and one stolen base. In a 2-1 loss to fourth-ranked Emory, McClain was 3-for-4 with one double. Finally, in a 7-3 non-Conference win over seventh-ranked Christopher Newport, McClain was a perfect 2-for-2 with two runs scored, two RBI and two walks. Also Nominated: Amanda White, Meredith; Brittni Jones, N.C. Wesleyan; Laura Webber, LaGrange; Morgan Jones, Averett; Sarah Connolly, Greensboro; Shelbie Hall, Ferrum; Taylor Dockery, Maryville.

Softball Pitcher of the Week
Brittney Head, Piedmont - The Cumming, Georgia junior earned a 2-1 record last week in three appearances for the Lions last week at the NFCA Leadoff Classic. Head totaled 21 innings pitched and allowed four runs on 18 hits with three walks and 14 strikeouts. In a 1-0 loss to 25th-ranked East Texas Baptist, Head tossed seven complete innings and allowed just one run on four hits with two walks and six strikeouts. In a 5-0 won over Willamette, Head pitched a complete-game shutout and allowed five hits with one walk and two strikeouts. Finally, in a 7-3 non-Conference victory over seventh-ranked Christopher Newport, Head again went the distance and allowed three runs on nine hits with zero walks and six strikeouts. Also Nominated: Hannah Pennell, Greensboro; Amanda Beirne, Meredith; Kendra Yearick, William Peace; Kaitlyn Culler, Ferrum; Leanna Fann, N.C. Wesleyan; Taylor Mahaffey, Averett.

Lacrosse Player of the Week
Sydney Hewartson, Ferrum - The Leesburg, Virginia sophomore attack tallied 26 points on 11 goals and 15 assists as the Panthers posted a 3-0 record last week. In a 15-11 victory over Bridgewater, Hewartson scored four goals with four assists, two groundballs and one draw control. In a 21-2 win over USA South foe N.C. Wesleyan, Hewartson tallied four goal with seven assists, two groundballs and one caused turnover. Finally, in a 19-4 victory over Hood, Hewartson totaled three goals, four assists, three groundballs and one caused turnover. Also Nominated: Ashton Marshall, Christopher Newport; Hope Motahari, Methodist; Kelsey Griffin, LaGrange; Nadya Fedun, Greensboro.

Lacrosse Defensive Player of the Week
Rachel Tomlinson, Christopher Newport - The Springfield, Virginia senior midfielder tallied six groundballs, six draw controls and three caused turnovers in a 2-0 week for the Captains. In a 22-3 win over USA South foe Agnes Scott, Tomlinson collected a season-high four draw controls and also scored one goal with two assists. In a 13-9 victory over Adrian, Tomlinson totaled a season-best six groundballs with two goals, two draw controls and two caused turnovers. Also Nominated: Amanda Cheney, Ferrum; Chelsea Totaro, LaGrange.

Men's Tennis Player of the Week
Robert Kjellberg, N.C. Wesleyan - The junior from Vetlanda, Sweden earned a 2-1 record at number-one singles and a 1-2 mark at number-one doubles last week against opponents from three nationally-ranked teams. In singles play, Kjellberg's victories came over the 11th-ranked player in the nation and the eighth-ranked player in the West Region. His lone singles loss was 14-12 in a third-set tiebreaker. In double action, Kjellberg teamed with Artsiom Prostak to earn a win over Pomona-Pitzer. Also Nominated: Chris Miller, Ferrum; Duncan Miller, Methodist.

Women's Tennis Player of the Week
Caroline Brashier, LaGrange - The junior from Marietta, Georgia was 2-0 at both number-one singles and doubles last week versus USA South competition. In singles play, Brashier collected wins over opponents from Maryville and Ferrum. In doubles, Brashier teamed with Kelsey Ellison for the victories. Also Nominated: Betty Edwards, Meredith; Katie Sailors, Piedmont; Kayla Lewis, Maryville; Kelli Shelton, Methodist; Meredith Kelly, Greensboro.

Rookies of the Week

Baseball Rookie of the Week
Zack Blonder, Maryville - The freshman first baseman from Atlanta, Georgia went 7-for-12 (.583) with six RBI, five runs scored, three doubles, two walks and one stolen base as the Scots swept a three-game series from USA South foe Ferrum in the team's only action last week. Also Nominated: James Lovett, N.C. Wesleyan; Michael Barnes, Piedmont.

Baseball Rookie Pitcher of the Week
Ciro Norzagaray, N.C. Wesleyan - The Mexico City, Mexico freshman earned a victory in his only appearance last week in a 7-6, 13-inning, victory over USA South foe Averett. Norzagaray came on in relief in the top of the ninth innings and proceeded to toss the final five innings allowing no runs on just one hit with zero walks and seven strikeouts. Also Nominated: Allen Tokarz, Piedmont; Brandon Taylor, Christopher Newport; Thomas Viracola, Averett.

Softball Rookie of the Week
Sarah Connolly, Greensboro - The freshman catcher/infielder from Mount Airy, North Carolina went 6-for-10 (.600) with six runs scored, six RBI, three doubles, one home run, two walks and four stolen bases as The Pride posted a 4-0 record last week versus USA South competition. In a doubleheader sweep of Averett, Connolly was a combined 2-for-5 with one run scored, one run batted in and two doubles. In a doubleheader sweep of Mary Baldwin, Connolly was a combined 4-for-5 with five runs scored, five RBI, one double, one home run, two walks and four stolen bases. Also Nominated: Taylor Dix, Averett; Olivia Duncan, Piedmont; Caroline Womble, Mindi Stallings, Meredith; Maddie Kolovich, LaGrange.

Softball Rookie Pitcher of the Week
Jordin Ellingson, Piedmont - The Cornelia, Georgia freshman earned a 2-1 record last week in three appearances for the Lions last week at the NFCA Leadoff Classic. Ellingson totaled 21.1 innings pitched and allowed four runs, only one of which was earned, on 12 hits with nine walks and 14 strikeouts. In a 3-1 win over 17th-ranked Ohio Northern, Ellingson tossed seven-complete innings and allowed just one unearned run on five hits with two walks and seven strikeouts. In a 2-1 victory over tenth-ranked Central (IA), Ellingson again went the distance and allowed one run on four hits with two walks and six strikeouts. Finally, in a 2-1, eight-inning, loss to fourth-ranked Emory, Ellingson pitched 7.1 innings and allowed two unearned runs on three hits with five walks and one strikeout. Also Nominated: April Costa, Averett; Emily Taylor, Ferrum; Shelby Drummonds, Greensboro.

Lacrosse Rookie of the Week
Shannon Brown, Ferrum - The Medford Lakes, New Jersey freshman attacker totaled 14 points on ten goals and four assists with seven groundballs, four draw controls and two caused turnovers as the Panthers posted a 3-0 record last week. In a 15-11 victory over Bridgewater, Brown scored one goal with two groundballs, two draw controls and one caused turnover. In a 21-2 win over USA South foe N.C. Wesleyan, Brown tallied four goal with three assists, three groundballs and one draw control. Finally, in a 19-4 victory over Hood, Brown totaled five goals, one assist, two groundballs, one draw control and one caused turnover. Also Nominated: Elena Obregon, Christopher Newport; Alexis Dillard, LaGrange; Kristin Norris, Greensboro.

Men's Tennis Rookie of the Week
Johan Ljungdahl, N.C. Wesleyan - The freshman from Stockholm, Sweden posted a 3-0 singles record at the number-three position and a 1-2 doubles mark at the number-two position last week against opponents from three nationally-ranked teams. In singles play, two of Ljungdahl's three victories came over opponents who are currently ranked in the West Region. In doubles play, Ljungdahl teamed with Peter Hviid to earn a win over Pomona-Pitzer. Also Nominated: Connor Moncure, Ferrum; Stevie Harrison, LaGrange; Taylor Buchholz, Methodist.

Women's Tennis Rookie of the Week
Isabella Graf, Methodist - The Harrington Park, New Jersey freshman earned a 1-0 record at number-three singles and a 2-0 mark in doubles last week versus USA South competition. In singles play, Graf collected her win over an opponent from Averett. In doubles, Graf earned wins both at the top and second doubles-spots by teaming with Hillary Petruska. Also Nominated: Maddy Little, Maryville; Paige Brown, Greensboro.

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