USA South Athletes of the Week - Mar. 18, 2019

USA South Athletes of the Week - Mar. 18, 2019

BASEBALL

Baseball Player of the Week
Brad Pennington, N.C. Wesleyan - The junior infielder from Wilmington, North Carolina went a combined 8-for-14 (.571) with a .625 on-base percentage and a 1.143 slugging percentage to go along with five runs scored, ten RBI, two doubles, two home runs and two walks as the Battling Bishops posted a 4-1 record last week. In a 4-3, ten-inning, win over Emory & Henry, Pennington had a pinch-hit, two-run, game-tying double, his only at-bat of the day, in the bottom of the ninth inning to force extras. In taking two out of three games from USA South foe Greensboro, Pennington was a combined 7-for-13 with five runs scored, eight RBI, one double, two home runs and two walks. Also Nominated: Tucker Criswell, Methodist; Hunter Curtis, Greensboro; McKinley Erves, LaGrange; Chris Fisher, Huntingdon; Kirby Lambert, Pfeiffer; Evan Meade, Piedmont; Tyler Moore, Covenan; Nick Winston, Averett. 

Baseball Pitcher of the Week
Wallace Henry, Huntingdon - The junior from Deatsville, Alabama earned a complete-game shutout victory in his only appearance on the mound last week for the Hawks. In a 7-0 win over USA South foe Brevard, Henry went the distance and allowed just five hits and two walks with six strikeouts. Also Nominated: Seth Beard, Methodist; Tyler Butler, Averett; Sam Carpenter, Piedmont; Ben Melton, Brevard; Matt Moser, Pfeiffer; Griffen Norris, Berea; Christian Poulsen, Maryville; Drew Tubb, N.C. Wesleyan.

Baseball Rookie of the Week
Gabe Lopez, Maryville - The freshman infielder/outfielder from Naples, Florida went a combined 8-for-14 (.571) with a .588 on-base percentage and a .714 slugging percentage to go along with three runs scored, four RBI, two doubles and one walk as the Scots posted a 2-3 record last week. In an 11-1 win over USA South foe Brevard, Lopez was 1-for-2 with one run batted in. In a 12-7 loss to Berry, Lopez was 1-for-2 with one run scored. Finally in dropping two out of three games to nationally-ranked USA South rival Methodist, Lopez was a combined 6-for-10 with two runs scored, three RBI, two doubles and one walk. Also Nominated: Tommy Easley, Covenant; Zach Ferrell, Pfeiffer; Logan Gayheart, Berea; Andrew Knight, Huntingdon; Andrew Nichols, N.C. Wesleyan; McKinley Strickland, Methodist; Nate Tuck, Averett.

Baseball Rookie Pitcher of the Week
Ricky Cameron, Methodist - The freshman from Faison, North Carolina picked up a win in two relief appearances last week for the Monarchs. Cameron tossed 4.2 total scoreless and hitless innings, allowing just two walks with four strikeouts. In a 12-2 win over Emory & Henry, Cameron earned the win by throwing three innings, allowing two walks with one strikeout. Also Nominated: Tyler Fairchild, Piedmont; Avery Spicer, Averett; Paul Gervase, Pfeiffer; Kyle Williams, Brevard.

 

SOFTBALL

Softball Player of the Week
Vada Blue Sherrill, Pfeiffer - The senior shortstop from Hiddenite, North Carolina went a combined 18-for-29 (.621) with a .694 on-base percentage and a 1.276 slugging percentage to go along with 20 runs scored, 21 RBI, four doubles, five home runs, seven walks and 14 stolen bases in a 9-1 week for the Falcons. In a doubleheader split with USA South foe Salem, Sherrill was a combined 2-for-7 with two runs scored, two RBI and two stolen bases. In a four-game sweep of FDU-Florham, Sherrill was a combined 10-for-14 with eight runs scored, 11 RBI, one double, four home runs, two walks and seven stolen bases. In a doubleheader sweep of Agnes Scott, Sherrill was a combined 4-for-6 with five runs scored, seven RBI, two doubles, one home run, one walk and two stolen bases. Finally, in a doubleheader sweep of Wesleyan, Sherrill was a combined 2-for-2 with five runs scored, one run batted in, one double, four walks and three stolen bases. Also Nominated: Kristen Bailly, William Peace; Taylor Campbell, Maryville; Hannah Escala, Salem; Madison Hamilton, Meredith; Hannah Ivester, N.C. Wesleyan; Bethany Junker, Methodist; Sara Lallier, Brevard; Audreonna Lindsey, Berea; Allyson Loy, Greensboro; Erika Mast, Covenant; TK Sauls, Piedmont; Lindsay Simmons, Mary Baldwin; Alyssa Singleterry, Huntingdon; Hannah Thompson, Averett.

Softball Pitcher of the Week
Beth Braswell, N.C. Wesleyan - The Princeton, North Carolina sophomore earned two victories in two complete-game starts last week for the Battling Bishops in the circle. Braswell tossed a total of 14.0 innings, allowing two runs on 12 hits with four walks and 18 strikeouts. In a 2-1 win over USA South foe Greensboro, Braswell allowed just one run on five hits with one walk and ten strikeouts. In a 3-1 victory over Maryville, Braswell allowed just one run on seven hits with one walk and three strikeouts. Also Nominated: Madison Hunt, Huntingdon; Micayla McCoy, Brevard; Kiana Millsaps, Pfeiffer; Kayla Ogle, Salem; Jordyn Propst, Methodist; Katlyn Smith, Maryville; Hannah Thompson, Averett; Madison Whiteside, Piedmont.

Softball Rookie of the Week
Brianne Coleman, Salem - The freshman third baseman from Creedmoore, North Carolina went a combined 8-for-16 (.500) with a .600 on-base percentage and a 1.125 slugging percentage to go along with eight runs scored, ten RBI, two doubles, one triple, two home runs and four walks in a 3-3 week for the Spirits. In a doubleheader split with USA South foe Pfeiffer, Coleman was a combined 2-for-7 with three runs scored, one run batted in and one home run. In two losses against Huntingdon, Coleman was a combined 3-for-4 with one run scored, four RBI, two doubles, one home run and two walks. Finally, in a doubleheader sweep of Agnes Scott, Coleman was a combined 3-for-5 with four runs scored, five RBI, one triple and two walks. Also Nominated: Taylor Brown, Piedmont; KayLeigh Fitzgerald, Agnes Scott; Jocelyn Folkers, Brevard; Amaya Goodloe, Maryville; Aileen Hill, Covenant; Bethany Junker, Methodist; Lydia Lewis, Huntingdon; Lindsay Simmons, Mary Baldwin; Candice Smith, William Peace; Caroline Stanley, Greensboro; Hannah Thompson, Averett; Hannah Tyner, Pfeiffer.

Softball Rookie Pitcher of the Week
Hannah Thompson, Averett - The freshman from Pelham, North Carolina earned a 3-1 record in five appearances last week for the Cougars in the circle. Thompson tossed a total of 23.0 innings, allowing four runs (two of which were earned) on 11 hits with two walks and 30 strikeouts. In two losses to number-one ranked Virginia Wesleyan, Thompson took one of the defeats while totalling six innings and allowing just one earned run with six strikeouts. She collected two complete-game wins during the week, over Ferrum and Brevard. Thompson's third victory of the week came in a 6-2 win over Eastern Mennonite as she went five shutout innings, allowing one hit with eight strikeouts. Also Nominated: Sarah Gundlach, Meredith; Caiti Mickles, Pfeiffer; Misty Thomas, Salem.

 

MEN'S LACROSSE

Men's Lacrosse Player of the Week
Jared Nelson, Pfeiffer - The Vestal, New York junior attack scored six goals with 23 assists, four ground balls and one caused turnover in a 2-1 week for the Falcons. In a 23-8 win over Franciscan, Nelson became Pfeiffer's all-time assist leader as he recorded a USA South-record ten helpers to go along with two goals and two ground balls. In a 21-9 loss to Southwestern, Nelson totaled three goals, three assists and one caused turnover. Finally, in a 21-6 win over USA South foe Averett, Nelson tied his USA South single-game assists record with ten to go along with one goal and two ground balls. Also Nominated: Mayson Foy, Averett; Brady Jenks, Piedmont; Davis Miller, Greensboro; Austen Saucier, Huntingdon; Jack Shade, Brevard.

Men's Lacrosse Defensive Player of the Week
Matt Murphy, Huntingdon - The McDonough, Georgia senior goalkeeper stopped 11 shots and collected six ground balls in a 9-3 win over USA South rival Piedmont in the Hawks' only contest last week. Also Nominated: Sam Garrett, Averett; Nick Lemieux, Methodist; Justin Matthews, Greensboro; Peyton Mooney, Brevard; Josh Reffey, Pfeiffer.

Men's Lacrosse Rookie of the Week
Jacob Leone, Pfeiffer - The Raleigh, North Carolina freshman attack tallied seven goals and five assists to go along with ten ground balls and two caused turnovers in a 2-1 week for the Falcons. In a 23-8 win over Franciscan, Leone recorded two goals and one assist with three ground balls and one caused turnover. In a 21-9 loss to Southwestern, Leone totaled one goal, one assist and one ground ball. Finally, in a 21-6 win over USA South foe Averett, Leone contributed four goals, three assists, six ground balls and one caused turnover. Also Nominated: Mason Foy, Averett; Dominic Scali, Greensboro; Hunter Vaughan, Methodist.

 

WOMEN'S LACROSSE

Women's Lacrosse Player of the Week
Elizabeth Peasley, Averett - The Wilmington, North Carolina sophomore attacker scored 16 goals and assisted on one score to go along with 26 draw controls, 11 ground balls and two caused turnovers in a 3-0 week for the Cougars. In a 15-5 win over Ferrum, Peasley scored three goals with nine ground balls, seven draw controls and one caused turnover. In a 15-7 victory over USA South foe Huntingdon, Peasley eight scores with one assist, six draw controls, one ground ball and one caused turnover. Finally, in a 21-5 win over USA South rival LaGrange, Peasley set the program record for career goals scored as she tallied five to go along with 13 draw controls and one ground ball. Also Nominated: Meagan Bourque, Pfeiffer; Holly Hite, Meredith; Shelby Martin, Huntingdon; Rylie Toomey, William Peace; Micaiah Vacchiano, Brevard; Kara Whitson, Greensboro.

Women's Lacrosse Defensive Player of the Week
Katherine Collins, Brevard - The Marietta, Georgia freshman goalkeeper collected two wins over USA South opposition last week by collecting 16 saves and eight ground balls. In a 10-8 win over LaGrange, Collins totaled seven saves and one ground ball. In a 7-6 victory over Huntingdon, Collins stopped nine shots and grabbed seven ground balls. Also Nominated: Sam Hanlon, Pfeiffer; Holly Hite, Meredith; Sada Hollowell, Greensboro; Breanne Sawall, Averett; Shania Springer, William Peace.

Women's Lacrosse Rookie of the Week
Allison Schaper, William Peace - The Forest Grove, Oregon freshman midfielder scored ten goals with two assists to go along with nine draw controls, seven ground balls and four caused turnover as the Pacers posted a 2-0 record last week. In a 17-5 win over Hollins, Schaper scored seven goals with six ground balls, four caused turnovers and two draw controls. In a 20-5 victory over N.C. Wesleyan, Schaper accumulated three goals and two assists with seven draw controls and one ground ball. Also Nominated: Hannah Mae Ayers, Averett; Maya Flake, Meredith; Sophia Griffin, Pfeiffer; Sada Hollowell, Greensboro; Hannah Scharf, Brevard.

 

MEN'S TENNIS

Men's Tennis Player of the Week
Kanler Cumbass, Piedmont - The junior from Douglas, Georgia earned 3-0 singles record with a 2-1 doubles mark at the number-one spots last week for the Lions. Cumbass collected singles victories over opponents from Morningside, Ursinus and USA South foe Huntingdon. In doubles, Cumbass teamed with Jarrett Gray to earn the two wins. Also Nominated: Paxton Haggerty, Covenant; Nicolas Yanes, Averett; Aditya Iyer, NC Wesleyan; Raul Ruiz, Pfeiffer; Dakota Massucco, Berea; Tim Hengst, Brevard.

Men's Tennis Rookie of the Week
Tyler Frazee, Brevard - The freshman from Tampa, Florida earned a 2-0 singles record and a 1-1 doubles mark last week for the Tornados. The victories in singles came at the number-three and number-two spots over opponents from Spartanburg Methodist and USA South foe Berea, respectively. In doubles, he teamed with Andrew Ingram to grab a win over Berea. Also Nominated: Ben Luke, Covenant; Patrick Shields, Averett; Juan Vallejo, N.C. Wesleyan; Jarrett Gray, Piedmont.

 

WOMEN'S TENNIS

Women's Tennis Player of the Week
Heidi Sarkkinen, Averett - The senior from Oulu, Finland earned 2-0 singles and doubles records, all at the number-one spots, last week for the Cougars. The victories in singles came over opponents from Hollins and Sweet Briar. In doubles, she teamed with Eleanor Crane to grab the two wins. Also Nominated: Esther Eddy, Covenant; Caroline Connelly, Piedmont; Kelsey Kushner , Brevard; Makenna Mason, Salem.

Women's Tennis Rookie of the Week
Damira Augustin, Agnes Scott - The first year from Dacula, Georgia earned a 4-0 singles record along with an 0-4 mark in doubles, all at the number-one spots, last week for the Scotties. Her victories in singles came over opponents from Millikin, Earlham, FDU-Florham and Arcadia. Also Nominated: Samantha Lowry, Piedmont; Margo Koby, Covenant; Inka Zeilstra, Averett; Eleanor Flannery, Brevard; Haylee Dixon, Pfeiffer.

 

MEN'S TRACK & FIELD

Men's Track Athlete of the Week
Antuan Crowder, William Peace - The freshman from Oxford, Alabama competed at the UNC-Wilmington Seahawk Invitational last week in two track events. He ran the 100 meters in a time of 10.87 which was good for a first-place finish and is currently the sixth-best time in NCAA Division III. He also was a member of the 4x100 meter team who ran a 44.31. Also Nominated: Cameron Graham, Piedmont; Sean Bryant, Pfeiffer; Micaiah Allison, Covenant; Landon Bond, Berea.

Men's Field Athlete of the Week
Cameron Graham, Piedmont - The sophomore from Hephzibah, Georgia competed in two field events at the Shamrock Invitational last week. He posted a school-record 6.68-meter effort in the long jump as well as a 1.83-meter performance in the high jump. Also Nominated: DJ Twitty, Methodist; Ricky Brayton, Berea; Klay Gill, Pfeiffer.

Men's Track Rookie of the Week
Antuan Crowder, William Peace - The freshman from Oxford, Alabama competed at the UNC-Wilmington Seahawk Invitational last week in two track events. He ran the 100 meters in a time of 10.87 which was good for a first-place finish and is currently the sixth-best time in NCAA Division III. He also was a member of the 4x100 meter team who ran a 44.31. Also Nominated: Brendan Yeager, Covenant; Justin Wilkes, Piedmont; Kenan Waltower, Pfeiffer; Sair Salgado, Berea.

Men's Field Rookie of the Week
Tyler Fisher, Piedmont - The freshman from Clayton, Georgia competed in two field events at the Shamrock Invitational last week. In the javelin, Fisher notched a new program record with a throw of 40.16 meters. In the hammer throw, Fisher posted a mark of 35.20 meters while in the shot put, he finished with a 11.03-meter effort. Also Nominated: Austin Weber, Berea.

 

WOMEN'S TRACK & FIELD

Women's Track Athlete of the Week
Jimlyn Laurent, Methodist - The senior from Margate, Florida competed in two track events at the UNC-Wilmington Seahawk Invitational last week. In the 100 meters, Laurent set a new personal best with a time of 12.52. She also was a member of the 4x100 meter relay team who finished in 51.90. Also Nominated: Alice Wardy, Mary Baldwin; Anteca Hill, Piedmont; Lilly Smith, Covenant; Marketta Bennett, William Peace; Kaylee Robinson, Berea.

Women's Field Athlete of the Week
Quinland Musgrove, Mary Baldwin The freshman from Martinsburg, West Virginia competed in two field events, setting two new school records, at Washington & Lee Carnival last week. In the long jump, Musgrove posted a 4.96-meter effort while in the high jump, Musgrove finished at 1.44 meters. Also Nominated: Giahnni Fernandes, Piedmont; Maya Riddles, Berea; Tonishea Ford, Pfeiffer.

Women's Track Rookie of the Week
Anteca Hill, Piedmont - The freshman from Thomson, Georgia competed in two track events at the Shamrock Invitational last week. In the 200 meters, Hill set a new school record by finishing in a time of 26.19. She also ran the 100 meters in a time of 12.77. Also Nominated: S.K. Lipperd, Covenant; Mary Beth Mellhuish, Berea; Marketta Bennett, William Peace.

Women's Field Rookie of the Week
Quinland Musgrove, Mary Baldwin The freshman from Martinsburg, West Virginia competed in two field events, setting two new school records, at Washington & Lee Carnival last week. In the long jump, Musgrove posted a 4.96-meter effort while in the high jump, Musgrove finished at 1.44 meters. Also Nominated: Mildred Goins, Berea; Aaliyah Thomas, Pfeiffer.

 

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