USA South Athletes of the Week - April 8, 2013

USA South Athletes of the Week - April 8, 2013

(FAYETTEVILLE, N.C.)

Baseball Player of the Week
Josh Shiver, LaGrange - The senior infielder from Sharpsburg, Georgia went 9-for-15 (.600) with four RBI, four runs scored, one double and one stolen base as the Panthers posted a three-game series win over USA South foe Maryville. In each of the three games, Shiver was 3-for-5 with at least one run scored and one run batted in. Also Nominated: Josh Bailey, Piedmont; Cody Moore, Averett; Justin Weaver, Christopher Newport; Cody Molosky, Methodist; Trey Laney, Ferrum.

Baseball Pitcher of the Week
Will Beasley, N.C. Wesleyan - The Goldsboro, North Carolina junior earned a complete-game shutout win in a 1-0 victory over USA South rival Christopher Newport in his only appearance last week. Beasley allowed four hits and five walks with four strikeouts. Also Nominated: Kevin Caldwell, Piedmont; Andrew Kirks, Averett; Bryan Bierlein, Christopher Newport; Brandon Thigpen, Methodist; Robby Williams, LaGrange; Chris Walker, Ferrum.

Softball Player of the Week
Chelsea Mitchell, Christopher Newport - The senior catcher from Mechanicsville, Virginia went 16-for-25 (.640) with ten RBI, seven runs scored, five doubles, three walks and three stolen bases as the Captains posted a 7-1 record last week. In a doubleheader sweep of Mary Washington, Mitchell was a combined 4-for-7 with three RBI, three runs scored, one double and two stolen bases. In a doubleheader split with USA South rival Ferrum, Mitchell was a combined 4-for-6 with two runs scored, one run batted in, one double and one stolen base. In a doubleheader sweep of USA South foe Greensboro, Mitchell was a combined 4-for-6 with four RBI, two doubles and two walks. Finally, in a doubleheader sweep of USA South rival Methodist, Mitchell was a combined 4-for-6 with two runs scored, two RBI, one double and one walk. Also Nominated: Jenna Rudder, Averett; Alex Warren, Meredith; Kristin Hamby, Piedmont; Suzanne Plasters, Ferrum; Lindsay Tippett, Methodist; Kendra Hoes, N.C. Wesleyan; Courtney Beshel, LaGrange.

Softball Pitcher of the Week
Melanie Hazelwood, Christopher Newport - The Mechanicsville, Virginia senior earned a 3-0 record last week in three appearances versus USA South competition for the Captains. Hazelwood totaled 15.0 innings pitched and allowed three runs on 15 hits with three walks and two strikeouts. In a 9-0, six-inning, win over Ferrum, Hazelwood went the distance to record the shutout while allowing four hits and two walks. In a 7-1 victory over Greensboro, Hazelwood again tossed a complete-game and allowed one run on seven hits with one strikeout. Finally, in a 16-6 win over Methodist, Hazelwood earned the victory by tossing two innings and allowing two runs on four hits with one walk and one strikeout. Also Nominated: Amy Hamlett, Averett; Amanda Beirne, Meredith; Brittney Head, Piedmont; Kaitlyn Culler, Ferrum; Kelsi Bailey, N.C. Wesleyan; Kayla Folds, LaGrange.

Lacrosse Player of the Week
Brooke Hewartson, Ferrum - The Leesburg, Virginia senior attacker tallied six points on three goals and three assists in the team's only action last week which was a 9-6 win over USA South foe Greensboro. The win is the program's first-ever over Greensboro. Hewartson also totaled five draw controls in the victory. Also Nominated: Lauren King, Christopher Newport.

Lacrosse Defensive Player of the Week
Emily Johnson, Christopher Newport - The Gainesville, Virginia senior defender helped the Captain defense last week as the team posted a 2-0 record. In a 25-1 win over USA South foe N.C. Wesleyan, Johnson totaled one goal, three groundballs and three caused turnovers. In a 16-7 victory over Roanoke, Johnson collected three draw controls and two groundballs. Also Nominated: Amanda Cheney, Ferrum; Danielle Lee, Meredith.

Men's Tennis Player of the Week
Artsiom Prostak, N.C. Wesleyan - The Minsk, Belarus senior earned a 2-0 record at both the number-one singles and number-three doubles positions last week. In singles play, Prostak's victories came over opponents from USA South foes Methodist and Greensboro. In doubles action, Prostak teamed with both Panayot Kusidi and Clifton Lesak to earn the wins. Also Nominated: Kyle Tobin, Christopher Newport.

Women's Tennis Player of the Week
Kim Morrissett, Christopher Newport - The senior from Midlothian, Virginia was 2-0 at number-one singles and 1-1 at the top doubles spot last week. In singles play, Morrissett earned wins over opponents from USA South foes Methodist and Greensboro. In doubles, Morrissett teamed with Marion Gloor for a victory over Greensboro. Also Nominated: Mary Lawrence Newton, Meredith; Maggie Dew, Maryville; Kaitlin Swann, Ferrum; Rachel Purser, Methodist.

Rookies of the Week

Baseball Rookie of the Week
Travis Younger, Christopher Newport - The Chatham, Virginia freshman second baseman went 8-for-15 (.533) with four runs scored, one run batted in, one double and one walk in a 3-1 week for the Captains. In an 8-0 win over Apprentice, Younger was a perfect 4-for-4 with one run scored and one run batted in. In a three game series win over USA South foe N.C. Wesleyan, Younger was a combined 4-for-11 with three runs scored and one walk. Also Nominated: Breck Davidson, Piedmont; Ronnie Hatfield, Methodist; Ciro Norzagaray, N.C. Wesleyan.

Baseball Rookie Pitcher of the Week
Brandon Taylor, Christopher Newport - The Richmond, Virginia freshman earned a victory in a 12-6 win over USA South foe N.C. Wesleyan in his only appearance last week for the Captains. Taylor got the start, tossed six innings and allowed two runs on four hits with two walks and seven strikeouts. Also Nominated: T.J. Viracola, Averett.

Softball Rookie of the Week
Alexis Pope, Christopher Newport - The freshman third baseman from Smithfield, Virginia went 7-for-17 (.412) with seven RBI, three runs scored, two doubles, two home runs and two walks as the Lions posted a 5-1 record last week versus USA South competition. In addition to the games versus USA South rivals, Pope collected two RBI in a doubleheader sweep of Mary Washington. In a doubleheader split with USA South rival Ferrum, Pope was a combined 4-for-6 with six RBI, three runs scored, two home runs and one walk. In a doubleheader sweep of USA South foe Greensboro, Pope was a combined 1-for-5 with one double and one walk. Finally, in a doubleheader sweep of USA South rival Methodist, Pope was a combined 2-for-5 with one run batted in and one double. Also Nominated: Taylor Dix, Averett; Courtney Saunders, Meredith; Olivia Duncan, Piedmont; Lindsey Slover, Ferrum; Kalin Oglesby, LaGrange.

Softball Rookie Pitcher of the Week
Emily Taylor, Ferrum - The Salem, Virginia freshman earned a 2-1 record in three appearances versus USA South competition last week for the Panthers. Taylor totaled 18.1 innings pitched and allowed seven runs, five of which were earned, on 18 hits with five walks and six strikeouts. In an 8-1 win over nationally-ranked Piedmont, Taylor went the distance and allowed one unearned run on five hits with two walks and three strikeouts. In a 9-0 loss at nationally-ranked Christopher Newport, Taylor tossed 4.1 innings and allowed five runs, four of which were earned, on six hits with two walks and one strikeout. Finally, in a 2-1 victory over Averett, Taylor pitched a complete game and allowed one run on seven hits with one walk and two strikeouts. Also Nominated: April Costa, Averett; Jordin Ellingson, Piedmont; Dani Gravett, LaGrange.

Lacrosse Rookie of the Week
Katie Burnet, Meredith - The Apex, North Carolina freshman midfielder totaled 15 points on 13 goals and two assists with six draw controls, three caused turnovers and two groundballs as the Avenging Angels posted a 1-1 record last week. In a 10-9 loss to Newberry, Burnet totaled five goals, one assist, five draw controls, two groundballs and two caused turnovers. In a 20-7 victory over USA South foe Methodist, Burnet scored eight goals with one assist, one draw control and one caused turnover. Also Nominated: Elena Obregon, Christopher Newport; Alexis Narducci, Piedmont; Julianne Bove, Ferrum.

Men's Tennis Rookie of the Week
Chriaag Shetty, Christopher Newport - The Yorktown, Virginia freshman earned a 2-0 record at the number-one singles spot last week for the Captains. Shetty's victories came over opponents from USA South foes Greensboro and Methodist. Also Nominated: Johan Ljungdahl, N.C. Wesleyan; Maddy Little, N.C. Wesleyan.

Women's Tennis Rookie of the Week
Isabella Graf, Methodist - The Harrington Park, New Jersey freshman earned a 3-0 record at the number-three spot and a 3-1 doubles mark last week for the Monarchs. In singles action, Graf collected wins over opponents from Guilford, N.C. Wesleyan and Christopher Newport. In doubles, Graf was 2-1 at the number-two spot and 1-0 at the top location. She earned wins over opponents from Guilford, William Peace and N.C. Wesleyan with partner Hillary Petruska. Also Nominated: Taylor Brennan, Meredith.

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