Childers Tosses a No-Hitter to earn Pitcher of the Week
Campbell's Amanda Miller homered three times to set Campbell on its way to a 4-0 weekend.  <i> Courtesy </i>
Campbell's Amanda Miller homered three times to set Campbell on its way to a 4-0 weekend. Courtesy

Monday, February 23, 2009

MACON, Ga. - USC Upstate's Morgan Childers tossed her second career no-hitter in the 7-0 victory against Presbyterian in Spartanburg, S.C. on Saturday to earn Pitcher of the Week. Campbell's Amanda Miller homered twice and scored three times to lead the Camels to a 10-1 win against UNC Wilmington to take home her first career Player of the Week award, the conference announced Monday.

Childers struck out 12 Presbyterian batters and picked up the first no-hitter for the Spartans against a Division I opponent. It was the fifth no-hitter in school history. The Kings Mountain, N.C., native started all three games in the Campus Suites Spartan Classic and picked up wins in each game. In the 4-2 win against UMBC on Friday, the sophomore turned in a dominant performance with 15 strikeouts. She allowed just two other runners to advance past first the rest of the tournament. The elementary education major finished with back-to-back shutouts in victories against the Blue Hose and College of Charleston on Sunday. She earned MVP honors of the Spartan Classic after USC Upstate won the tournament championship.

Miller had an outstanding weekend leading the Camels to a 4-0 record. The Dunn, N.C., native hit .563 (9-for-16), with nine runs scored, two home runs, five RBI, 11 total bases, .938 slugging percentage, two walks and an on-base percentage of .662. The sophomore shortstop began her week with a 4-for-9 doubleheader with four runs scored and two RBI against North Carolina Central on Tuesday. She had three hits in the second game against the Lady Eagles and continued the upward trend with three more hits, RBI and runs scored in the first game against UNC Wilmington on Thursday. The education major continued her impressive week with a 2-for-3 afternoon in the second game against the Seahawks with two more runs scored. On the week, Miller had at least one hit and run scored in every game and averaged better than two runs scored a game (2.25).

The Atlantic Sun Conference is an 11-member league committed to Building Winners for Life. The A-Sun stands for achievement with integrity in both the academic and athletic arenas, with a focus on the balance between the two for our student-athletes. Headquartered in Macon, Ga., the A-Sun boasts six of the top eight media markets in the Southeast. The A-Sun includes a blend of the most prestigious and dynamic private and public institutions in the region: Belmont University, Campbell University, East Tennessee State University, Florida Gulf Coast University, Jacksonville University, Kennesaw State University, Lipscomb University, Mercer University, University of North Florida, University of South Carolina Upstate and Stetson University.

Other Top Performers
Darci Gilbert, ETSU (P - Murfeesboro, Tenn. - Jr. - Art) -- Junior Darci Gilbert posted a perfect 0.00 ERA this week, as she blanked Furman, 3-0, on Friday afternoon. Gilbert tossed a two-hit shutout, forcing a split against the Paladins in the Lady Buccaneer home-opener of their brand new ETSU Softball Complex. The Murfreesboro, Tenn. also fanned three batters.

Abby Keese, Lipscomb (SS - Denver, Colo. - Jr. - Psychology) -- Put the Lady Bisons on the board first in the championship game with a home run to center field against Georgia State in a 4-1 victory. Drove in four runs, a team season high, and scored once in a 6-2 win over Eastern Kentucky to start the tournament. Had RBI in three of the four games as the Lady Bisons finished 3-1 and won the Panther Invitational Championship hosted by Georgia State.

Trisha Massenzo, ETSU (C - Russellville, Tenn. - Jr. - Physics) -- Junior catcher Trisha Massenzo helped guide the ETSU softball team to a 3-1 mark this past week, which moved the Lady Buccaneer record to 6-3, setting a program best after the first nine games. Massenzo hit safely in all four games, extending her hitting streak to a season-high six games. The Russellville, Tenn. native will always remember her first hit inside the new ETSU Softball Complex, which also was ETSU's first-ever hit, as she drilled a two-run home run over the left field fence in game one against Furman. Then, in game two against the Paladins, Massenzo went 2-for-3 with a RBI, as ETSU bounced back for a 3-0 win. Massenzo also recorded the Lady Bucs' first-ever double inside the newly built stadium in the 12-3 game one win over Milligan on Saturday. The junior finished 2-for-3 with two runs scored and two RBIs in the game as well.

Catherine McDaniel, FGCU (P - Melbourne, Fla. - Jr. - Early Childhood Education) -- Cat McDaniel went 2-0 for the Eagles last week at the FGCU Spring Break Tournament. McDaniel finished the weekend with a 3.09 ERA in 11.2 innings. She struck out 17 batters and held her opponents batting average to .227. In FGCU's 11-0 win against Fairfield on Friday, McDaniel pitched her first no-hitter for the Eagles. She nearly pitched a perfect game, but she walked a Fairfield batter in the second inning. She also struck out eight batters in the win. McDaniel also led the Eagles to a huge win over No.13/13 DePaul on Saturday night. She gave up 10 hits and struck out nine in 6.2 innings of action.