ATLANTA - The SAA released the softball Players of the Week for all games played March 13 - 19 and Savannah Lee had a big week at the dish to win Player of the Week. In the circle, Berry's Kassie Howard earned another nod after posting two scoreless victories.
SAA Softball Player of the Week - Savannah Lee of Birmingham-Southern
Savannah Lee(pictured at right) hit three home runs in three at bats, seeing only four pitches to help lead the Panthers to a 6-0 win against Millsaps. She finished the week with four home runs, seven RBI, and a 1.357 slugging percentage. Lee was so effective against the Majors that they attempted to intentionally walk her four times in the series finale. She is ranked 2nd nationally for home runs and appears ranked in seven other national offensive categories.
SAA Softball Pitcher of the Week - Kassie Howard of Berry
Improving to a perfect 9-0 on the season in the circle, Kassie Howard led the Berry College softball team to a 3-1 week. Howard tossed all seven innings in the Vikings' 3-0 victory over Claremont-M-S on Tuesday, allowing only four hits and no runs, while striking out four in the contest. She then added five innings in the circle for Berry against Pomona-Pitzer on Wednesday, allowing only one hit, while striking out five enroute to the 5-0 victory. On the week, Howard boasted a perfect 0.00 ERA, while holding her opponents to a mere .122 batting average. She added nine strikeouts and allowed only five hits in her 12 innings of work as well. Howard currently ranks in the top five in all pitching categories in the conference, including ERA (1.07), wins (9), strikeouts (75) and saves (1). Behind Kassie, the No. 1-ranked Vikings are now 21-1 on the season, their best start in program history.
Howard fields and fires for the Vikes
Other notable performances from around the league:
Hitting .625 on the week, Kayla Sangrey led the Berry College softball team to their first No.1-ranking in school history. In Berry's 3-0 win against Claremont-M-S on Tuesday, Sangrey was 1-for-2 at the plate from the DP spot for Berry. She was then 1-for-3 with a double in game two, knocking in the only Viking run of the contest. Sangrey was a perfect 2-for-2 at the plate in the 13-0 victory over Pomona-Pitzer on Wednesday. She knocked in three RBIs and scored once in the outing as well. Sangrey finished off the week 1-for-1 at the plate for the Vikings in the game two victory over Pomona. Sangrey also drew a walk in the contest, to finish the week with a .636 on base percentage, as well as a .750 slugging percentage. On the week, Sangrey was 5-for-8 at the plate, knocking in four RBIs, while adding a double, one walk, one HBP and one sacrifice fly. She also remained a solid force in the field for Berry, adding 13 put outs and one assist at first base for the Vikings. Behind Sangrey, the No.1-ranked Vikings are now 21-1 overall, their best start in program history.
Senior third baseman Sydney Ozersky hit .545 (6-for-11) with three runs scored, a double, a triple and two RBI as the Warriors went 2-1 at Rhodes. Ozersky, from Ballwin, Mo., hit a triple in Saturday's game one loss to the Lynx. She had a RBI-single in Saturday's 10-5 win, then capped the week by going 4-for-4 with three runs, a double, a triple and a RBI in Sunday's 7-6 victory.
In 22 at bats for Rayne Gravat, she led the Majors with eight hits, two doubles, and four runners batted in.
Sophomore Jill Healy of Rhodes had an excellent weekend at the plate, going 5-for-8 with two RBIs, three runs scored, and a pair of stolen bases.
Taylor Harkins of BSC finished the week 2-0 with 13 strikeouts in 19 innings of work. Both wins were complete game shutout victories where she allowed just five hits and walked only four of the 53 batters she faced. Harkins leads the league in starts and is top five in strikeouts, ERA, complete games, and innings pitched.
Kayla Davidson started three games for the Majors and recorded 2 wins and one loss. In 15 innings pitched, she allowed only six runs and struck out 26 batters.
The SAA sports information directors contributed to this report