USA South Athletes of the Week - April 1, 2013

USA South Athletes of the Week - April 1, 2013

(FAYETTEVILLE, N.C.)

Baseball Player of the Week
Chris McDougal, Christopher Newport - The senior first baseman from Poquoson, Virginia went 10-for-18 (.556) with nine RBI, seven runs scored, two doubles, one home run and two stolen bases as the Captains posted a 4-1 record last week. In an 8-7 win over Mary Washington, McDougal was 2-for-4 with two RBI and one run scored. In a 6-3 victory over Virginia Wesleyan, McDougal was 2-for-4 with two runs scored and one double. In a doubleheader split with Bridgewater, McDougal was a combined 4-for-6 with four RBI, two runs scored, one double and two stolen bases. Finally, in a 14-5 win at Gallaudet, McDougal was 2-for-4 with three RBI, two runs scored and one home run. Also Nominated: Jimbo Newcomb, Averett; Garrett Gresham, Maryville; Wes Walker, Ferrum; Austin Brick, Piedmont; Brent Kinsey, LaGrange; Matt Irwin, Greensboro.

Baseball Pitcher of the Week
Ryan Fleischmann, Christopher Newport - The Williamsburg, Virginia senior earned a save in each of his two appearances last week on the mound for the Captains. He tossed an inning in each game, allowing zero runs on one hit with two strikeouts. With the saves, Fleischmann broke the USA South career record with 29 saves. He also broke his own single-season school record for saves with 11. Also Nominated: Jake Swartout, N.C. Wesleyan; Cody Moore, Averett; Trevor Brackett, Maryville; Jacob Brewster, Piedmont; Drew Williamson, LaGrange; John Atkins, Greensboro.

Softball Player of the Week
Kelly Foate, Christopher Newport - The junior outfielder from Richmond, Virginia went 10-for-17 (.588) with seven runs scored, four RBI, two doubles and five walks as the Captains posted a 4-2 record last week. In two losses to nationally-ranked Salisbury, Foate was a combined 2-for-6 with two runs scored and two walks. In a doubleheader sweep of USA South foe Averett, Foate was a combined 5-for-6 with one run scored, one run batted in, one double and two walks. Finally, in a doubleheader sweep of USA South rival Mary Baldwin, Foate was a combined 3-for-5 with four runs scored, three RBI, one double and one walk. Also Nominated: Kendra Hoes, N.C. Wesleyan; Jenna Rudder, Averett; Rachel Shumaker, Ferrum; Christy Flick, LaGrange; Sarah Tompkins, Greensboro; Olivia Duncan, Piedmont.

Softball Pitcher of the Week
Kaitlyn Culler, Ferrum - The Stuart, Virginia senior earned a 2-0 record last week in three appearances versus USA South competition for the Panthers. Culler totaled 20.2 innings pitched and allowed three earned runs on 18 hits with zero walks and 13 strikeouts. In a 6-4 win over Greensboro, Culler tossed 6.2 innings and allowed four runs, two of which were earned, on five hits with no walks and three strikeouts to earn the victory. In a 6-5, ten-inning, victory over Meredith, Culler collected a no-decision by pitching the first seven innings and allowing one unearned run with on five hits with six strikeouts. Finally, in a 7-5 win over William Peace, Culler pitched seven innings and allowed three runs, only one of which was earned, on eight hits with four strikeouts to earn the victory. Also Nominated: Leanna Fann, N.C. Wesleyan; Lisa Mitro, Averett; Lexie Randolph, Maryville; Jordin Ellingson, Piedmont; Whitney Haller, Christopher Newport.

Lacrosse Player of the Week
Brittany Ziobro, Greensboro - The Winter Park, Florida senior attacker tallied 28 points on 15 goals and 13 assists as The Pride posted a 3-0 record last week. In an 11-7 victory over Huntingdon, Ziobro scored six goals with two assists. In a 21-3 win over USA South rival Methodist, Ziobro tallied three goals and six assists. Finally, in an 18-3 victory over USA South foe Agnes Scott, Ziobro totaled six goals, five assists, three groundballs and two caused turnovers. Also Nominated: Ashton Marshall, Christopher Newport; Brooke Hewartson, Ferrum.

Lacrosse Defensive Player of the Week
Kelly Lane, Christopher Newport - The Great Falls, Virginia senior midfielder helped the Captain defense allow just one goal in two contests last week versus USA South competition. In a 25-0 win over LaGrange, CNU's sixth shutout in program history, Lane scored three goals and added three groundballs, two caused turnovers and one draw control. In a 19-1 win over Piedmont, Lane totaled two goals, one assist, seven groundballs, four caused turnovers and one draw control. Also Nominated: Amanda Cheney, Ferrum; Kaleigh Hemstock, Greensboro.

Men's Tennis Player of the Week
Duncan Miller, Methodist - The Birmingham, Alabama junior earned a 3-0 record at the number-one singles and a 3-0 record at multiple doubles positions last week. In singles play, Miller's victories came over opponents from Ferrum, Piedmont and LaGrange. In doubles action, Miller teamed with Taylor Buchholz to earn the wins. Also Nominated: Kyle Tobin, Christopher Newport; Zach Passman, Greensboro.

Women's Tennis Player of the Week
Puja Patel, Meredith - The junior from Snowhill, North Carolina was 2-0 at number-one singles and 2-1 at the top doubles spot last week. In singles play, Patel earned wins over opponents from Christopher Newport and Maryville. In doubles, Patel teamed with Caroline Hunt for victories over Ferrum and Maryville. Also Nominated: Samia Kacher, N.C. Wesleyan; Kat Meindl, Methodist; Meredith Kelly, Greensboro; Marion Gloor, Christopher Newport.

Rookies of the Week

Baseball Rookie of the Week
Ciro Norzagaray, N.C. Wesleyan - The Mexico City, Mexico freshman third baseman went 10-for-23 (.435) with seven runs scored, four RBI and two doubles in a 4-1 week for the Bishops. In a doubleheader split with St. Andrews, Norzagaray was a combined 4-for-9 with one run scored, one run batted in and one double. Finally, in a three-game sweep of USA South foe Ferrum, Norzagaray was a combined 6-for-14 with six runs scored, three RBI and one double. Also Nominated: Jacob Futrell, Averett; Ronnie Hatfield, Methodist; Zack Blonder, Maryville; Breck Davidson, Piedmont; Jacob Houston, Christopher Newport; Blake Schuck, LaGrange; Cody York, Greensboro.

Baseball Rookie Pitcher of the Week
Robert Mondoux, N.C. Wesleyan - The Plant City, Florida freshman earned a no-decision in his only appearance last week for the Bishops. In a 2-1, 13-inning, win over St. Andrews, Mondoux started and tossed ten complete innings, allowing just one run on four hits with two walks and three strikeouts. Also Nominated: T.J. Viracola, Averett.

Softball Rookie of the Week
Olivia Duncan, Piedmont - The freshman catcher from Comer, Georgia went 8-for-14 (.571) with seven runs scored, five RBI, one double and three walks as the Lions posted a 4-0 record last week versus USA South competition. In a doubleheader sweep of Methodist, Duncan was a combined 2-for-7 with three runs scored and two walks. In a doubleheader sweep of Greensboro, Duncan was a combined 6-for-7 with five RBI, four runs scored, one double and one walk. Also Nominated: Taylor Dix, Averett; Natalie High, Methodist; Megan Mihaliak, Maryville; Aiyana Lew, Ferrum; Kalin Oglesby, LaGrange; Sarah Tompkins, Greensboro; Meagan Jones, Christopher Newport.

Softball Rookie Pitcher of the Week
Jordin Ellingson, Piedmont - The Cornelia, Georgia freshman earned a 3-0 record in three appearances versus USA South competition last week for the Lions. Ellingson totaled 13.2 innings pitched and allowed three runs on 14 hits with three walks and 13 strikeouts. In an 8-1 win over Methodist, Ellingson went the distance and allowed one run on five hits with one walk and seven strikeouts. In an 11-7 win over Greensboro, Ellingson came on in relief to toss the final 1.2 innings without allowing a run on one hit with one walk and one strikeout. Finally, in an 11-2, five-inning, win over Greensboro, Ellingson tossed five innings and allowed two runs on eight hits with one walk and five strikeouts. Also Nominated: April Costa, Averett; Emily Taylor, Ferrum.

Lacrosse Rookie of the Week
Elena Obregon, Christopher Newport - The Fairfax Station, Virginia freshman attacker totaled 11 points on six goals and five assists with seven groundballs, two draw controls and one caused turnover as the Captains posted a 2-0 record last week versus USA South competition. In a 25-0 win over LaGrange, Obregon scored three goals with three assists, three groundballs, one draw control and one caused turnover. In a 19-1 victory over Piedmont, Obregon totaled three goals, two assists, four groundballs and one draw control. Also Nominated: Kristin Norris, Greensboro; Maggie McDaniel, Piedmont; Shannon Brown, Ferrum.

Men's Tennis Rookie of the Week
Taylor Buchholz, Methodist - The Atlanta, Georgia freshman earned a 2-0 record at the number-two singles spot and a 3-0 mark at various doubles positions last week. In singles play, Buchholz's victories came over opponents from Ferrum and Piedmont. In doubles action, Buchholz teamed with Duncan Miller to earn the wins. Also Nominated: Joona Rahko, Christopher Newport; Kyle Gatti, Greensboro; Marcus Pola, N.C. Wesleyan.

Women's Tennis Rookie of the Week
Jackie Gaine, Christopher Newport - The Norfolk, Virginia freshman earned a 4-0 singles record and a 5-0 doubles mark last week for the Captains. In singles action, Gaine was 3-0 at the number-five spot and 1-0 at the number-three location. In doubles, Gaine was 4-0 at the number-two spot and 1-0 at the top location. She earned wins over opponents from Meredith, William Peace, Averett, Bridgewater and Mary Baldwin. Also Nominated: Isabella Graf, Methodist.

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