Viking Duo Of Tuttle, Howard Sweep First Softball Honors Of The Spring

Viking Duo Of Tuttle, Howard Sweep First Softball Honors Of The Spring

ATLANTA - The SAA announced the softball Players of the Week for games played through February 12 and Berry teammates Brittany Tuttle (player) and Kassie Howard (pitcher) swept the honors after guiding the Vikings to a 4-0 start to the season.

SAA Softball Player of the Week - Brittany Tuttle of Berry

Opening up the Vikings' season batting .750, Brittany Tuttle (pictured at roght)  led the Berry College softball team to a perfect 4-0 week. Berry opened up play on Saturday against Huntingdon College, sweeping the Hawks 14-3 and 9-0. In the first contest, Tuttle was 2-for-4 at the plate, with four RBIs, three runs scored and two stolen bases in the win. Her two-run homer in the top of the second inning also gave Berry the 3-2 lead, opening up scoring for the Vikings. In game two, Tuttle was a perfect 3-for-3 at the plate, scoring two runs and adding another two stolen bases in the contest. On Sunday, Berry remained undefeated, sweeping Piedmont College 5-2 and 8-0. Tuttle hit 2-for-3 at the plate in the first game, scoring one run and adding three more stolen bases. She finished the week hitting 2-for-2 in the second game against the Lions, scoring twice in the outing. On the week, Tuttle was 9-for-12 at the plate, hitting a team-high .750. She added one homerun, knocked in four RBIs, scored eight times and stole seven bases. She also posted a .769 on base percentage, as well as 1.000 slugging percentage. Defensively, she posted a 1.000 fielding percentage in center field for the Vikings. Tuttle currently tops the conference in batting average, home runs and stolen bases as well. Behind Tuttle, Berry is now 4-0 on the year.

SAA Softball Pitcher of the Week - Kassie Howard of Berry

Earning two wins on the mound, Kassie Howard led the No. 6 Berry College softball team to a perfect 4-0 start to the season. Howard opened up the season for the Vikings in their first game of the year against the Hawks of Huntingdon College. Throwing five innings in the outing, Howard allowed only two hits and one earned run, adding seven strikeouts in the 14-3 victory. Howard then earned her second win of the year on the mound for Berry against the Piedmont College Lions on Sunday afternoon. Howard threw six innings in the contest, allowing only three hits and no earned runs, while striking out five in the 5-2 victory. On the weekend, Howard posted a 0.64 ERA, striking out 12 in her 11 innings of work. She allowed a mere five hits and three runs, holding her opponents to a .156 batting average. Howard is currently tied for first in the conference in wins on the year. She also ranks third in both ERA and strikeouts. Behind Howard, the Vikings are now 4-0. 


Howard fields the grounder for the Vikes

Other notable performances from around the league:

Opening up the Vikings' season batting .750, Brittany Tuttle led the Berry College softball team to a perfect 4-0 week. Berry opened up play on Saturday against Huntingdon College, sweeping the Hawks 14-3 and 9-0. In the first contest, Tuttle was 2-for-4 at the plate, with four RBIs, three runs scored and two stolen bases in the win. Her two-run homer in the top of the second inning also gave Berry the 3-2 lead, opening up scoring for the Vikings. In game two, Tuttle was a perfect 3-for-3 at the plate, scoring two runs and adding another two stolen bases in the contest. On Sunday, Berry remained undefeated, sweeping Piedmont College 5-2 and 8-0. Tuttle hit 2-for-3 at the plate in the first game, scoring one run and adding three more stolen bases. She finished the week hitting 2-for-2 in the second game against the Lions, scoring twice in the outing. On the week, Tuttle was 9-for-12 at the plate, hitting a team-high .750. She added one homerun, knocked in four RBIs, scored eight times and stole seven bases. She also posted a .769 on base percentage, as well as 1.000 slugging percentage. Defensively, she posted a 1.000 fielding percentage in center field for the Vikings. Tuttle currently tops the conference in batting average, home runs and stolen bases as well. Behind Tuttle, Berry is now 4-0 on the year.

Abby Spencer of BSC went .500 in two games against Piedmont. She had a team-high three hits and scored a run. Spencer also went 1-for-1 in stolen bases.

Sophomore catcher Karli Sewell hit .615 (8-for-13) with three runs, seven RBI, two doubles, three triples and three walks as the Warriors went 4-0 on opening weekend. Sewell, from Castroville, Texas, went 1-for-2 with two walks in Saturday's 5-2 win at Austin. She then went 4-for-5 with 4 RBI with two doubles and a RBI in game two against the 'Roos. Sewell was 2-for-3 with a pair of triples and a run scored in Sunday's 5-3 win at Dallas. She capped the weekend with a three-run triple and a walk in a 10-0, five-inning win against the Crusaders. For the weekend, Sewell had a 1.231 slugging percentage and .688 OBP. She also threw out all three runners trying to steal on her from behind the plate.

Sophomore Kendall Henry of Rhodes hit .360 in a span of eight games to go with five doubles, one triple, six RBIs, and seven runs scored, slugging .640, and also swiping three bases in the process.

Haley Crumpton of BSC starts the season with a 0.000 ERA. She appeared in two games this week and earned one start. She allowed just four hits in six innings of work and struck out one. Crumpton also recorded a hit herself and an RBI.

Sophomore pitcher Emily Stockalper went 2-0 with a 2.00 ERA and 14 strikeouts in 14 innings for the Warriors. Stockalper, from Springdale, Ark., fanned six batters and allowed three hits and one earned run in Saturday's 5-2 win at Austin. She struck out eight and gave up three hits and three runs in Sunday's 5-3 win at Dallas. She also hit .467 (7-for-15) with two RBI and a double at the plate.

 

 

The SAA sports information directors contributed to this report