USA South Athletes of the Week - Mar. 25, 2019

USA South Athletes of the Week - Mar. 25, 2019

BASEBALL

Baseball Player of the Week
Brady Ballstadt, Piedmont - The senior outfielder from Suwanee, Georgia was red hot this week with four-multi hit games in Piedmont's perfect 4-0 week. In the Lions' 5-4 win over No. 25 Cortland, Ballstadt reached safely three times with two RBI and a stolen base. Ballstadt was nearly perfect in a weekend sweep at Berea, going 10-of-13 at the plate for conference marks of a .769 average and 1.231 slugging percentage. Ballstadt finished with five RBI for the week and a .750 batting average in 16 at-bats. Also Nominated: Trey Croom, N.C. Wesleyan; CJ Edmond, Covenant; McKinley Erves, LaGrange; Heath Haskins, Huntingdon; Lincoln Hewett, Greensboro; Cody Jones, Averett; Alex Kachler, Methodist; Bryan Kowalski, Pfeiffer; Christian Poulsen, Maryville. 

Baseball Pitcher of the Week
Carden Mellown, Huntingdon - The junior from Hueytown, Alabama quieted the offense of No. 17 Methodist en route to a 16-2 win. Mellown picked up the victory in a complete-game effort while striking out 10 batters and surrendering only two runs on four hits. Also Nominated: Max Bening, Piedmont; Eli Moravick, Greensboro; Richie Post, LaGrange; Nathan Ray, Pfieffer; Kross Robinson, Brevard; Drew Tubb, N.C. Wesleyan; Matt Tuggle, Averett; Will Walker, Methodist.

Baseball Rookie of the Week
Joe Ruth, LaGrange - The freshman infielder from Chiefland, Florida went a 5-11 from the dish with at least one hit in each of the Panthers' games in a series sweep of Covenant over the weekend. Ruth drove in eight runs, including an eye-popping four RBI and a triple in the series-opening 14-3 victory on Friday. For the week, Ruth posted a .455 average and .909 slugging mark. Also Nominated: Brandon Hatcher, Averett; Zach Ferrell, Pfeiffer; Gabe Lopez, Maryville; Andrew Nichols, N.C. Wesleyan; Harrison Trawick, Piedmont.

Baseball Rookie Pitcher of the Week
DJ Cooper, Maryville, Tenn. - The freshman from Maryville, Tenn. appeared in two victories for the Scots this week. Cooper pitched 2.1 of shutout relief innings in a 4-3 win over Calvin on Tuesday while striking out four of the eight batters he faced. In a start against Mt. St. Joseph, Cooper surrendered only one earned run over two hits to pick up a victory while adding two more K's to his weekly total. Also Nominated: Grayson Huneycutt, Pfeiffer; Avery Spicer, Averett; Jacob Switzer, Greensboro.

 

SOFTBALL

Softball Player of the Week
Hannah Hoban, Piedmont - The senior from Phoenix, Arizona posted monster numbers during Piedmont's 7-1 week, batting .500 in 26 at-bats. Hoban hit four home runs between two series against Berea and Centre over the weekend, which culminated in a pair of grand slams against Centre. Hoban drove in 20 RBI for the week, while slugging at a 1.154 clip. Also Nominated: Kristen Bailly, Piedmont; Lilly Baucom, Greensboro; Nicole Cauthen, Averett; Mari Cook, Brevard; Samantha Jacobs, Methodist; Taylor Long, LaGrange; Shelby Ralston, Covenant; Vada Blue Sherrill, Pfeiffer; Alyssa Singleterry, Huntingdon; Meredith Smith, N.C. Wesleyan; A. York, Salem.

Softball Pitcher of the Week
Katlyn Smith, Maryville - The Loganville, Georgia sophomore earned four consecutive victories as the Scots went a perfect 6-0 for the week. Smith racked up 25 strikeouts and only allowed a pair of runs over 21.1 innings of work. Smith earned two wins in a sweep of Brevard, one in relief, while also going a complete seven innings in wins over Wesleyan and Agnes Scott. Also Nominated: M. Barker, Salem; Beth Braswell, N.C. Wesleyan; Melissa Eckman, Piedmont; Madison Hunt, Huntingdon; Dani Kahn, Averett; Micayla McCoy, Brevard; Kiana Millsaps, Pfeiffer; Maddy Wetherholt, Greensboro. 

Softball Rookie of the Week
Rebekah Stegmayer, Piedmont - The rookie outfielder from Lawrenceville, Georgia helped the Lions to a 7-1 week with games against some of the best in the region. Stegmayer posted a .400 on-base percentage mark for the week with eight hits and 12 runs scored at the top of the Piedmont lineup. Most impressively, Stegmayer stole seven bases, putting her just three behind the USA South leader for the season. Also Nominated: Blythe Best, Methodist; B. Coleman, Salem; Courtney Fink, Greensboro; Brianna Myers, N.C. Wesleyan; Hannah Thompson, Averett; Hannah Tyner, Pfeiffer.

Softball Rookie Pitcher of the Week
Hannah Thompson, Averett - The freshman Pelham, North Carolina posted a 1-1 record with a 2.49 ERA in 19.1 innings of work for the Cougars. Thompson's best work came in a complete game shutout of Mary Baldwin in her first appearance of the week while sending down 12 on strikes. In three starts, Thompson struck out 23 while only surrendering 15 hits. The first-year also batted above .350 for the week. Also Nominated: Cameron Liso, Methodist; M. Thomas, Salem.

 

MEN'S LACROSSE

Men's Lacrosse Player of the Week
Jackson McKaig, Brevard - The senior from Gainesville, Florida put up 10 points on four goals and six assists in a tough 17-16 loss to William Peace in the Tornados only game of the week. McKaig kept his team in it for much of the contest, while also picking up four ground balls. Also Nominated: Dalton Albright, William Peace; Mason Foy, Averett; Jeremy Kohn, Piedmont; Jacob Leone, Pfeiffer; AJ Mejia, Methodist; Michael Meley, Greensboro; Austen Saucier, Huntingdon.

Men's Lacrosse Defensive Player of the Week
Spencer Stokes, Pfeiffer - The Apex, North Carolina freshman was a stout defender for the Falcons with a league-high eight caused turnovers in a 1-1 week. Stokes also scooped up nine ground balls and scored a goal in a 15-10 win over Methodist on Saturday. Also Nominated: Nathan Dupke, William Peace; Raymond Edwards, Huntingdon; Sam Garrett, Averett; Robert Kokal, Brevard; Nick Lemieux, Methodist; Justin Matthews, Greensboro; Lamont Nesbitt, Piedmont.

Men's Lacrosse Rookie of the Week
Brewer Warlick, William Peace - The first-year from Wilmington, North Carolina scored seven goals during a 1-1 week for the Pacers. Warlick's five goals proved important in a close 17-16 victory over Brevard on Saturday after scoring twice in a 17-14 loss to Bridgewater. Warlick also picked up two ground balls in each contest. Also Nominated: Mason Foy, Averett; Avery Jenks, Piedmont; Michael Kiley, Greensboro; Treven King, Pfeiffer; Brayden Puckett, Huntingdon.

 

WOMEN'S LACROSSE

Women's Lacrosse Player of the Week
Lilia Cruz, Meredith - The sophomore from Great Mills, Maryland scored five goals in a game twice during a 1-1 week. Cruz scored five times on six shots and added four assists in a 20-2 victory over Methodist in conference play before adding another five in a tight loss to fourth-ranked Mary Washington. Cruz brought Avenging Angels back within striking distance of the vaunted Eagles, scoring three of the team's final five goals. Cruz also added two draw controls, two caused turnovers and two ground balls. Also Nominated: Rowan Bumpass, Piedmont; Elizabeth Peasley, Averett; Rylie Toomey, William Peace; Kara Whitson, Greensboro.

Women's Lacrosse Defensive Player of the Week
Sam Hanlon, Pfeiffer - The senior goalkeeper from Summerfield, North Carolina kept the Falcons unbeaten on the season with a pair of conference victories over William Peace and Methodist. Hanlon stopped 22 shots in a close 12-11 win over the Pacers before stopping 14 shots in a 10-6 triumph versus Methodist. Hanlon's save percentage was posted at 67.9 for the week with two wins to her credit. Also Nominated: Mattie Keaton, Piedmont; Breanne Sawall, Averett; Logan Schnabl, Greensboro; Haley Whitfield, Meredith.

Women's Lacrosse Rookie of the Week
Hannah Mae Ayers, Averett - The attacker from Wake Forest, North Carolina posted huge numbers in a 27-10 over William Peace. The first-year set a single-game program record for assists in a game with eight, while tacking on two scores herself on just two shot attempts. Ayers' assist mark passed the previous program high by three. Also Nominated: Mackenzie Burns, Greensboro; Lily Eisenhart, Methodist; Maya Flake, Meredith; Sophia Griffin, Pfeiffer; Aislynn Kimbro, Piedmont; Allison Schaper, William Peace

 

MEN'S TENNIS

Men's Tennis Player of the Week
Tom Mittring, BrevardWhile the Tornados posted a 1-2 week with tight losses to LaGrange and Johnson C. Smith, Mittring went 6-0 between singles and doubles while playing the top flight in each. Mitting's 18-match win streak in singles continued with three straight-set victories, including 6-0, 6-0 result over LaGrange. In doubles, Mittring teamed up with Tim Hengst to win all three matches at first doubles, highlighted by an exciting 8-7 (5) result at home against the Panthers. Also Nominated: Tom Hubble, Pfeiffer; Logan Hull, Covenant; Aditya Iyer, N.C. Wesleyan; Simon Levinsson, Averett; Andrew Chitty, Piedmont.

Men's Tennis Rookie of the Week
Tyler Frazee, Brevard - Frazee posted a perfect 3-0 mark at line three with wins over conference opponents Maryville and LaGrange. In a 9-0 win over Maryville, the Tampa, Florida native went through singles and doubles without dropping a single game. Despite a tight 5-4 loss to LaGrange, Frazee edged out his match with a 10-8 win in a third-set super tiebreaker. Frazee also picked up a 6-3, 6-0 win over Johnson C. Smith over the weekend. Also Nominated: Jhonny Acosta, N.C. Wesleyan; Chris Morton, Covenant; Patrick Shields, Averett.

 

WOMEN'S TENNIS

Women's Tennis Player of the Week
Heidi Sarkkinen, AverettThe senior from Oulu, Finland came up with the deciding point in an impressive 5-4 win over previously unbeaten Lynchburg. Sarkkinen went the distance with regionally ranked Christina Harris before wrapping up a 2-6, 6-1, 6-1 victory at first singles. Sarkkinen and doubles mate Eleanor Crane also gutted out an 8-5 positive result at the top doubles flight. Also Nominated: Morgan Buchholz, Piedmont; Darby Sherrill, Pfeiffer; Esther Eddy, Covenant; Fariza Abdulloeva, N.C. Wesleyan; Samantha Sepe, Brevard; Josie Waddell, Huntingdon.

Women's Tennis Rookie of the Week
Fariza Abdulloeva, N.C. Wesleyan - The freshman from Samarkland, Uzbekistan went 2-0 in the team's only match of the week, a 9-0 win over Methodist. In a rematch of last year's USA South Championship, Abdulloeva handed Ashton Walker a 6-0, 6-2 loss in the top flight. Abdulloeva also teamed up with Milena Amedieva to secure an 8-2 win at first doubles. Also Nominated: Savanna Kennedy, Piedmont; Margo Koby, Covenant; Inka Zeilstra, Averett; Eleanor Flannery, Brevard.

 

MEN'S TRACK & FIELD

Men's Track Athlete of the Week
Cortez Sawyer, William Peace - The freshman from Zion, Illinois ran to fantastic times in the 100m and 200m at the Dr. Jack M. Toms Invitational at the University of Lynchburg over the weekend. He ran the 100 meters in 11.18 and improved on last week's 200m time with a 21.90 finish, which was a personal best and puts him among the nation's elite. Sawyer was also apart of the 4x100m relay team that finished second in the field for the Pacers. Also Nominated: Matthew Clark, Piedmont; Jeremy Prichard, Methodist; Nevin Foster, Pfeiffer; Jonathan George, Covenant. 

Men's Field Athlete of the Week
Killian McClain, Piedmont - The junior from Saint Mary's, Georgia finished in the top half of all three events in which he competed at Emory on Saturday. His best performance of the weekend came in the hammer throw when he threw for a school-record 44.51 meters for an eighth-place finish. McClain also tossed a 12.50m mark in the shot put and 34.18m in the discus. Also Nominated: Jonathan Brindle, Pfeiffer; Michael Rawlings, Covenant.

Men's Track Rookie of the Week
Cortez Sawyer, William Peace - The freshman from Zion, Illinois ran to fantastic times in the 100m and 200m at the Dr. Jack M. Toms Invitational at the University of Lynchburg over the weekend. He ran the 100 meters in 11.18 and improved on last week's 200m time with a 21.90 finish, which was a personal best and puts him among the nation's elite. Sawyer was also apart of the 4x100m relay team that finished second in the field for the Pacers. Also Nominated: Justin Wilkes, Piedmont; Kenan Waltower, Pfeiffer; Brendan Yeager, Covenant.

Men's Field Rookie of the Week
William Underwood, Piedmont - The first-year from Senoia, Georgia broke the school record in the javelin throw with a 40.28 best toss at the Emory Invitational in Atlanta, placing him 14 of 38. Underwood also finished well in the discus event with a best throw of 29.60 Also Nominated: 

 

WOMEN'S TRACK & FIELD

Women's Track Athlete of the Week
Lilly Smith, CovenantThe senior from Weaverville, North Carolina ran to a fifth-place finish in the 1,500m with a time of 4:46.25 at the Emory Invitational on Saturday. The mark was a school record at Covenant. Smith was also the top finisher in the Distance Medley Relay with a final time of 12:50.37, catching the second-place team on the final leg to claim a triumph for her team. Also Nominated: Anteca Hill, Piedmont; Makayla Lawler, Methodist; Kylie Spencer, Pfeiffer; Alice Wardy, Mary Baldwin.

Women's Field Athlete of the Week
Mariah Ballen, William Peace - The junior from Raleigh, North Carolina finished fifth in both the high jump and long jump at the Dr. Jack M. Toms Invitational in Lynchburg, Virginia. Ballen jumped to a 1.42m mark in the high jump and a 4.97 in the long jump. Also Nominated: Giahni Fernandes, Piedmont.

Women's Track Rookie of the Week
Anteca Hill, Piedmont - The freshman from Thomson, Georgia scooted to a 12.96 finish in the 100m race at the Emory Invitational on Saturday, which put her just outside the top half of a competitive field. Hill also finished in the top third of the 200m with a time of 26.96 and was a member of the Lions' 4x100 team that finished 11th overall. Also Nominated: S.K. Lipperd, Covenant.

Women's Field Rookie of the Week
Mariah Ballen, William Peace - The junior from Raleigh, North Carolina finished fifth in both the high jump and long jump at the Dr. Jack M. Toms Invitational in Lynchburg, Virginia. Ballen jumped to a 1.42m mark in the high jump and a 4.97 in the long jump. Also Nominated: Perryn Morgan, Piedmont.

 

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