USA South Athletes of the Week - March 23, 2015

USA South Athletes of the Week - March 23, 2015

(FAYETTEVILLE, N.C.)

Baseball Player of the Week
Timothy Coston, Averett - The senior first baseman from Knightdale, North Carolina went a combined 10-for-16 (.625) with eight RBI, four runs scored, one double, two walks and one stolen base as the Cougars posted a 5-0 record last week. In a 16-7 win over USA South foe LaGrange, Coston was 4-for-5 with four RBI, two runs scored and one stolen base. In an 11-10 victory over Tufts, Coston did not have a plate appearance as he was on the mound and earned the victory after pitching eight and one-thirds innings. Finally, in a three-game sweep of USA South rival Huntingdon, Coston was a combined 6-for-11 with four RBI, two runs scored, one double and two walks. Also Nominated: Nick Dean, Maryville; Evan Gresham, Piedmont; Steven Kirby, Methodist; Kaelan Jacobs, N.C. Wesleyan; Lane Deaver, Ferrum; Will Pharis, Huntingdon.

Baseball Pitcher of the Week
Eric Morell, LaGrange - The San Dimas, California junior tossed a no-hitter in a 2-0 victory over USA South foe William Peace in his only appearance on the mound last week for the Panthers. The feat is the first-ever nine-inning no-hitter in LaGrange baseball history. Morell walked four batters with nine strikeouts in the win. Also Nominated: Jeremy Ibarra, Maryville; Joshua Hatcher, Averett; Daniel Royer, Methodist; Allen Tokarz, Piedmont; Jared Talley, Ferrum. 

Softball Player of the Week
Lindsay Tippett, Methodist - The senior first baseman from Middlesex, North Carolina went a combined 12-for-20 (.600) and tallied a 1.350 slugging percentage to go along with 15 RBI, eight runs scored, six doubles, three home runs and three walks as the Monarchs posted a 5-1 record last week. In a doubleheader split with USA South foe N.C. Wesleyan, Tippett was a combined 1-for-5 with one run scored, one run batted in, one double and two walks. In a doubleheader sweep of USA South rival Mary Baldwin, Tippett was a combined 6-for-7 with nine RBI, three runs scored, two doubles and two home runs. Finally, in a doubleheader sweep of Bridgewater, Tippett was a combined 5-for-8 with five RBI, four runs scored, three doubles, one home run and one walk. Also Nominated: Christy Flick, LaGrange; Lindsey Wiggins, William Peace; Taylor Dix, Averett; Tiffany Brand, Maryville; Carla Matthews, N.C. Wesleyan; Abby Smith, Piedmont; Daisha Henderson, Huntingdon.

Softball Pitcher of the Week
Sarah Walker, Piedmont - The Lawrenceville, Georgia sophomore appeared in four games last week, two starts, and posted a 2-0 record with a 0.00 ERA by tossing 19.2 innings, allowing two unearned runs on 16 hits with three walks and ten strikeouts. Walker's first victory of the week came in a 3-2 win over USA South foe LaGrange as she went the distance and allowed two unearned runs on ten hits with zero walks and three strikeouts. Walker's second victory of the week came in a 1-0 win over Salem as she tossed a complete-game shutout, allowing four hits with one walk and six strikeouts. Finally, she appeared in relief on two occasions and did not allow a run in 5.2 innings pitched. Also Nominated: Olivia Wolfe, LaGrange; Emily Hester, Methodist; Jessica Griffin, Averett; Lexie Randolph, Maryville; Katy Messick, Huntingdon.

Lacrosse Player of the Week
Courtney Hamm, Ferrum - The Raleigh, North Carolina senior midfielder tallied 15 points on 14 goals and one assist to go along with two draw controls, two ground balls and two caused turnovers as the Panthers posted a 2-1 record last week. In a 16-4 loss to Bridgewater, Hamm tallied one goal. In a 19-10 victory over USA South foe Methodist, Hamm notched seven goals, two ground balls, one draw control and one caused turnover. Finally, in a 19-12 win at Hood, Hamm totaled six goals, one assist, one draw control and one caused turnover. Also Nominated: Danielle Lee, Meredith; Ashley Brunner, Piedmont.

Lacrosse Defensive Player of the Week
Maggie McDaniel, Piedmont - The Newnan, Georgia junior midfielder totaled 11 ground balls, six draw controls and three caused turnovers to go along with 12 points on four goals and eight assists in a 2-0 week for the Lions. In a 22-3 win over Oglethorpe, McDaniel totaled seven ground balls, five draw controls and three caused turnovers to go along with two goals and five assists. In a 13-11 victory over USA South foe Meredith, McDaniel grabbed four ground balls and collected one draw control with two goals and three assist. Also Nominated: Graceanne Gershner, Ferrum; Alyssa Codispoti, Meredith.

Men's Tennis Player of the Week
Robert Kjellberg, N.C. Wesleyan - The senior from Vetlanda, Sweden earned a 3-0 record at both the number-one singles and doubles positions last week for the Bishops. In singles-action, Kjellberg defeated USA South opposition from Methodist and Ferrum to go along with a three-set victory over an opponent from 16th-ranked Bates. In doubles, he teamed with Sebastian Sikh to collect the three wins. Also Nominated: Will Marttala, Maryville; Zachary Tyner, LaGrange; Chris Cox, Covenant; Bobby Foroughian, Huntingdon.

Women's Tennis Player of the Week
Natalia Lopez, N.C. Wesleyan - The sophomore from Maracaibo, Venezuela earned a 2-0 record at both the number-one singles and doubles positions against USA South competition last week for the Bishops. In singles action, Lopez earned wins over opposition from Methodist and Ferrum. In doubles play, Lopez teamed with Maria Fernanda Orona to grab the two victories. Also Nominated: Morgan McDonald, LaGrange; Catherine Bryant, Meredith; Hannah Still, Huntingdon; Mary Mac Alexander, Maryville; Claire Luger, Covenant; Hannah Mattson, Averett; Sam Munze, Methodist.


Rookies of the Week

Baseball Rookie of the Week
Kyle Vidano, Averett - The freshman shortstop from Charlottesville, Virginia went a combined 6-for-21 (.286) with five RBI, five runs scored, two doubles, three walks and four stolen bases in a 5-0 week for the Cougars. In a 16-7 win over USA South foe LaGrange, Vidano was 2-for-5 with one run scored, one run batted in, one double, one walk and two stolen bases. In an 11-10 victory over Tufts, Vidano was hitless in four at-bats but did manage a run scored and a walk. Finally, in a three-game sweep of USA South rival Huntingdon, Vidano was a combined 4-for-12 with four RBI, three runs scored, one double, one walk and two stolen bases. Also Nominated: Colin Ford, Methodist; Dakota Beane, Huntingdon.

Baseball Rookie Pitcher of the Week
Seth George, Piedmont - The Candler, North Carolina freshman earned a victory in a 9-1 win over DePauw in his only appearance on the mount last week for the Lions. George tossed the first six and one-thirds innings and did not allow a run on five hits with one walk and five strikeouts. Also Nominated: Madison Cook, Methodist.

Softball Rookie of the Week
Jessica Bagwell, Piedmont - The freshman catcher from Cumming, Georgia went a combined 8-for-14 (.571) with four RBI, three runs scored and four doubles in a 3-1 week for the Lions. In a doubleheader split with USA South foe LaGrange, Bagwell was a combined 4-for-8 with three RBI, two runs scored and two doubles. In a doubleheader sweep of Salem, Bagwell was a combined 4-for-6 with one run scored, one run batted in and two doubles. Also Nominated: Emily Barrs, LaGrange; Olivia Cooper, Averett; Peyton Hyler, N.C. Wesleyan; Lindsey Selph, Huntingdon.

Softball Rookie Pitcher of the Week
Courtney Rudd, Ferrum - The Burlington, North Carolina freshman posted a 2-1 record in six appearances, four starts, with a 0.55 ERA last week for the Panthers. In 25.1 innings pitched, Rudd did allowed six runs, two of which were earned, on 13 hits with zero walks and 43 strikeouts. Rudd's two victories came against USA South foes Mary Baldwin and N.C. Wesleyan as she combined to toss 14 innings, allowing one run on three hits with 26 strikeouts. Also Nominated: Monica Revels, Methodist; Lindsey Selph, Huntingdon.

Lacrosse Rookie of the Week
Ashley Brunner, Piedmont - The Atlanta, Georgia freshman midfielder tallied eight points on seven goals and one assist to go along with seven draw controls, six ground balls and three draw controls in a 2-0 week for the Lions. In a 22-3 win over Oglethorpe, Brunner notched five goals with one assist, three ground balls, three draw controls and two caused turnovers. In a 13-11 win over USA South foe Meredith, Brunner totaled two goals, four draw controls, three ground balls and one caused turnover. Also Nominated: Carlee Joseph, Meredith; Emily Brennen, Methodist; Catie Vance, Ferrum; Carolyn Smith, Huntingdon.

Men's Tennis Rookie of the Week
Sebastian Sikh, N.C. Wesleyan - The freshman from Eskilstuna, Sweden earned a 3-0 record at the number-two singles and the top doubles positions last week for the Bishops. In singles-action, Sikh defeated USA South opposition from Methodist and Ferrum to go along with a straight-set victory over an opponent from 16th-ranked Bates. In doubles, he teamed with Robert Kjellberg to collect the three wins. Also Nominated: Mitchell Corley, LaGrange; Chris Cox, Covenant.

Women's Tennis Rookie of the Week
Maria Fernanda Orona, N.C. Wesleyan - The freshman from Durango, Mexico earned a 2-0 record in both singles and doubles action against USA South competition last week for the Bishops. In singles play, Orona earned a win at the number-three position over Methodist and a victory at the number-two spot over Ferrum. In doubles action, Orona teamed with Natalia Lopez at the number-one position to collect the two wins. Also Nominated: Hannah Mattson, Averett; Annie DeLuca, Covenant; Jacqueline Benton, Meredith; Davi Barbour, Methodist; Sandy Mayson, Huntingdon.


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

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