USA South Athletes of the Week - April 9, 2018

USA South Athletes of the Week - April 9, 2018

BASEBALL

Baseball Player of the Week
Brady Ballstadt, Piedmont - The junior outfielder from Suwanee, Georgia went a combined 10-for-19 (.526) with a .583 on-base percentage and a .789 slugging percentage to go along with seven runs scored, four RBI, two doubles, one home run, four walks and three stolen bases as the Lions notched a 5-0 record last week. In a doubleheader sweep of Berry, Ballstadt was a combined 2-for-6 with three runs scored, two RBI, four walks and one stolen base. In a three-game sweep of nationally-ranked USA South foe Maryville, Ballstadt was a combined 8-for-13 with four runs scored, two RBI, two doubles, one home run and two stolen bases. Also Nominated: Matthias Carter, Methodist; Devin Cerrato, Covenant; Brady Dignan, Greensboro; Garrett Dorton, Ferrum; Taylor Fought, Huntingdon; Nathan Holt, William Peace; Chase McKinney, Averett.

Baseball Pitcher of the Week
Buddy Green, Piedmont - The senior from Sharpsburg, Georgia earned four saves in four appearances last week for the Lions. In four total innings pitched, Green did not allow a run on two hits with two walks and three strikeouts. His saves came in a lone victory over Berry and a three-game sweep of USA South foe Maryville. Against Maryville, Green did not allow a hit in the three innings he pitched to secure the wins for the Lions. Also Nominated: Noah Collins, Ferrum; Brooks Freeman, Huntingdon; Tyler Garam, Greensboro; Cameron High, William Peace; Patrick Long, Averett.

Baseball Rookie of the Week
Parker Clayton, Methodist - The freshman infielder from Asheboro, North Carolina went a combined 8-for-17 (.471) with a .500 on-base percentage and a .471 slugging percentage to go along with four runs scored, one run batted in, one walk and two stolen bases as the Monarchs notched a 3-1 record last week. In a 17-9 loss to Randolph-Macon, Clayton was 3-for-4 with two runs scored and one run batted in. In a three-game sweep of USA South rival Averett, Clayton was a combined 5-for-13 with two runs scored, one walk and two stolen bases. Also Nominated: McKinley Erves, LaGrange; Bradley Harris, Huntingdon; Tucker Majetic, Averett.

Baseball Rookie Pitcher of the Week
Luke Bryant, Ferrum - The freshman from Lynchburg, Virginia earned one save in three appearances on the mound last week for the Panthers. Bryant totaled 4.2 innings pitched and allowed one run on four hits with two walks and six strikeouts. The save came over USA South foe LaGrange as he struck out the final two batters to secure the win. Also Nominated: Dillon Touchard, Averett.

 

MEN'S LACROSSE

Men's Lacrosse Player of the Week
Anthony Florian, William Peace - The Raleigh, North Carolina sophomore attack totaled eight goals and three assists to go along with nine ground balls and three caused turnovers in an 1-1 week for the Pacers versus USA South competition. In a 24-3 win over Averett, Florian scored a three goals with three assists, five ground balls and one caused turnover. In a 10-8 loss to Piedmont, Florian tied for the game-high with five goals to go along with four ground balls and two caused turnovers. Also Nominated: Michael Bradley, Methodist; Ryan Cole, Greensboro; Keshawn Downing, Averett; Jeremy Kohn, Piedmont; Jackson Schrampfer, Huntingdon.

Men's Lacrosse Defensive Player of the Week
Sam Hitt, Huntingdon - The Finksburg, Maryland junior midfielder helped control the game by winning 30-of-38 faceoffs as the Hawks defense allowed just five goals in two wins last week. Hitt also added 15 ground balls and one assist during the week. In a 13-3 win over Shorter, Hitt was 15-of-20 on faceoffs with eight ground balls and one assist. In a 16-2 victory over USA South foe Averett, Hitt was 15-of-18 on faceoffs with seven ground balls. Also Nominated: Aiden Karmazinkski, Greensboro; Lamont Nesbitt, Piedmont; Nick Shelton, William Peace; Jacob Shriver, Averett.

Men's Lacrosse Rookie of the Week
Bryce Coates, Huntingdon - The San Diego, California freshman attack scored six goals with one assist, six ground balls and two caused turnovers as the Hawks posted a 2-0 record last week. In a 13-3 win over Shorter, Coates scored four goals with four ground balls and one caused turnover. In a 16-2 victory over USA South foe Averett, Coates notched two goals, one assist, two ground balls and one caused turnover. Also Nominated: Keshawn Downing, Averet; Aiden Karmazinkski, Greensboro; Austin Abourjilie, William Peace.

 

WOMEN'S LACROSSE

Women's Lacrosse Player of the Week
Madison Ronelli, Methodist - The Orlando, Florida senior midfielder totaled 24 goals with, seven assists, 16 draw controls, six ground balls and five caused turnovers in a 3-0 week versus USA South competition for the Monarchs. In a 28-1 win over N.C. Wesleyan, Ronelli notched 11 goals, four assists, seven draw controls, two ground balls and caused turnovers. In a 22-8 victory over Greensboro, Ronelli scored seven goals with four ground balls, four draw controls and two caused turnovers. Finally, in a 21-11 win over LaGrange, Ronelli totaled six goals, three assists, five draw controls and two caused turnovers. Also Nominated: Cassidy Heflin, Piedmont; Carlee Joseph, Meredith; Peyton Joyce, Greensboro; Madeline Lacavera, LaGrange; Elizabeth Peasley, Averett; Audrey Ramsey, Ferrum.

Women's Lacrosse Defensive Player of the Week
Cameron Ruffin, Meredith - The Raleigh, North Carolina senior defender helped the Avenging Angels' defense allow just four goals, including a shutout, in a 2-0 week for the Avenging Angels versus USA South competition. In a 24-0 win over Salem, Ruffin totaled four caused turnovers, three draw controls and two ground balls. In a 19-4 victory over Ferrum, Ruffin caused four turnovers to set the new Meredith program career record. She also added four ground balls in the win. Also Nominated: Sarah Ewin, Methodist; Brittany Hall, Ferrum; Mattie Keaton, Piedmont; Breanne Sawall, Averett.

Women's Lacrosse Rookie of the Week
Elizabeth Peasley, Averett - The Wilmington, North Carolina freshman attacker scored 15 goals with one assist, five ground balls, five caused turnovers and four draw controls as the Cougars posted an 2-1 record last week. In a 15-0 win over Hollins, Peasley scored six times with one assist, three ground balls, three draw controls and one caused turnover. In a 19-3 loss to Pfeiffer, Peasley scored once to set the program record for goals in a single-season while also causing one turnover. Finally, in an 18-8 victory over USA South foe Salem, Peasley totaled eight goals, three caused turnovers, two ground balls and one draw control. Also Nominated: Madison Blashaw, Greensboro; Lilia Cruz, Meredith.

 

MEN'S TENNIS

Men's Tennis Player of the Week
Sebastian Sikh, N.C. Wesleyan - The senior from Eskilstuna, Sweden earned a 3-0 record at both the number-one singles as well as various doubles positions last week for the Battling Bishops against nationally-ranked Johns Hopkins and two of the top three teams in the USA South East Division (Methodist and Averett). In doubles, Sikh teamed with David Chang at both number-two and three doubles for the wins. Also Nominated: Daniel Silva, Maryville; Nathan Metzger, Piedmont; Logan Hull, Covenant; Carlos Lora, Averett.

Men's Tennis Rookie of the Week
Roberto Puig, N.C. Wesleyan - The freshman from Malaga, Spain earned a 3-0 record at both number-four singles and number-one doubles last week for the Battling Bishops against nationally-ranked Johns Hopkins and two of the top three teams in the USA South East Division (Methodist and Averett). In doubles, Puig teamed with Ioannis Brokakis for the wins. Also Nominated: Austin Smith, Maryville; Taylor Galloway, Covenant; Douwe Sternfeld, Averett.

 

WOMEN'S TENNIS

Women's Tennis Player of the Week
Annie DeLuca, Covenant - The senior from Alpharetta, Georgia earned a 2-0 record at both number-one singles and doubles spots last week for the Scots. The singles victories came over opponents from regionally-ranked Berry along with USA South foe Berea. In doubles, DeLuca teamed with Esther Eddy for the wins. Also Nominated: Carter Dickinson, Maryville; Caroline Connelly, Piedmont; Jenna Eppes, LaGrange; Davi Barbour, Methodist; Heidi Sarkkinen, Averett; Josie Waddell, Huntingdon; Camille Wilson, Agnes Scott.

Women's Tennis Rookie of the Week
Eleanor Crane, Averett - The freshman from Tallwood, Australia earned a 4-0 record at number-three singles and a 2-2 mark at number-two doubles last week for the Cougars versus USA South foes Greensboro (twice), Meredith and Ferrum. In doubles, Crane teamed with Carolyne Dunn to defeat opposition from Greensboro twice. Also Nominated: Caroline Connelly, Piedmont; Lucy Burch, Huntingdon; Anastasia Dunn, Maryville.


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