ATLANTA - The SAA released the softball Players of the Week for games played April 10 - 16 and Centre's Jessika Young captured Player of the Week after guiding the Colonels to a series win at Rhodes while Berry's Marie Collop collected her second straight Pitcher of the Week award for maintaining her dominance in the circle.
SAA Softball Player of the Week - Jessika Young of Centre
Jessika Young's (pictured at right) bat played a key role in the Centre softball team winning two out of three contests at Rhodes over the weekend. Young hit .636 for the series, recording seven hits in 11 at-bats. Young also slugged .909 for the weekend, including three doubles, while also driving in five runs across three games. In addition, Young picked up a win for the Colonels on the mound, striking out five batters in five innings.
SAA Softball Pitcher of the Week - Marie Collop of Berry
Earning two complete-game wins in the circle for Berry, Marie Collop led the Berry College softball team to their first ever undefeated conference season in program history, following a three-game sweep of the Millsaps College Majors this weekend. Collop tossed all seven innings in game one against the Majors, allowing only five hits and no earned runs, while striking out seven batters, to lead her team to the 4-3 victory. Collop's defense committed four errors in the contest, but she still faced only 27 batters in her seven innings of work, only six more than the minimum. Collop then finished the week with a complete-game shutout victory in the circle on Saturday. She allowed only three hits in the outing, while striking out two batters and leading Berry to the 2-0 win. Collop faced a mere 25 batters in the contest as well, holding her opponents who have hit. 276 on the year to a .157 batting average on the weekend. Collop boasts a 14-1 record on the year, leading the conference in wins, as well as ERA (0.69), as the only pitcher in the SAA with an ERA under 1.00. Behind Collop, the Vikings are 35-2 overall, as well as a perfect 17-0 in conference play.
The Vikings' Collop
Other notable performances from around the league:
Hitting a two-run homer to knock in the only two runs of the contest in game three against Millsaps, Kayla Sangrey led the Berry College softball team to their first ever undefeated conference season in program history. Sangrey hit .400 on the week, leading her team to a three-game sweep over the Majors to close out SAA play. She was 3-for-4 at the plate in game two of the series, knocking in the go ahead run in the bottom of the third inning to lead Berry to a 10-3 victory over Millsaps. Sangrey then added her first ever career homerun in the bottom of the sixth inning in game three against the Majors to knock in two runs and ensure Berry's 2-0 victory as well. Sangrey is batting .397 on the year, with 22 RBIs and 19 runs scored for Berry. Behind Sangrey, the Vikings are now 35-2 overall, as well as a perfect 17-0 in conference play.
Savannah Lee of BSC was 3-for-4 at the plate (.750) including two doubles and home run this week. She finished with four runs, two RBI and was walked twice.
Senior third baseman Sydney Ozersky hit .500 (4-for-8) with three runs scored, three RBI, a triple and two stolen bases as the Warriors swept Sewanee at home in a three game series. Ozersky, from Ballwin, Mo., started the weekend by going 4-for-4 with two runs scored, three RBI and triple and a steal in Friday's 14-2 win over the Tigers. She scored a run with a walk in game two on Friday and stole a base with a walk in Saturday's 5-0 victory. For the weekend, Ozersky had a .600 on-base percentage and .750 slugging percentage.
Sophomore Kendall Henry went 3-for-8 at the plate with a triple, a home run, and four RBIs including three runs scored. Her biggest game came in the Lynx win over Centre, where she went 2-for-4 with a two RBI triple in the first and followed that up with a walk-off home run in the bottom of the seventh, while down one, to give the Lynx a 6-5 win over Colonels and clinch the No. 3 seed at the upcoming SAA Championship
Haley Crumpton of BSC earned the complete game shutout win over Talladega. She struck out seven in seven innings of work, allowing just two hits (both singles), and walked just one of the 24 batters she faced.
Elysse Petrie picked up her second win in a row for the Centre softball team as they took two of three from Rhodes this past weekend. Petrie scattered six hits across five innings, striking out four Lynx batters while only allowing one runner to cross the plate. For the season, Petrie leads the Colonels in wins (7) and ERA (2.99).
Freshman Stephanie Combs of Hendrix threw a 7-hit complete game shutout in Friday's 4-0 win over Sewanee. She struck out five and allowed one walk in her longest outing of the season. Combs also went 2-for-3 with a run scored, a RBI and a double in the game.
In 12 innings against #3Berry, Kayla Davidson of Millsaps pitched a 2.76 era, only gave up 12 hits and six runs while striking out six batters.
The SAA sports information directors contributed to this report