Reynolds and Alexander Pick up First A-Sun Honors

Monday, February 13, 2012

MACON, Ga. – The Atlantic Sun Softball Player of the Week, Mariah Reynolds hit a grand slam at the top of the seventh inning to give North Florida the advantage and the win over Florida A&M. USC Upstate's Hannah Alexander earned Pitcher of the Week Honors after putting up a three-game shutout to give the Spartans a 3-0 start to the season.

PLAYER OF THE WEEK:
Mariah Reynolds, North Florida (DP – So. – Auburndale, Fla. – Sport Management)
• First Career A-Sun Player of the Week award
• Led the Ospreys with a .600 batting average; tied for second-best in the A-Sun
• Hit a grand slam in the top of the seventh inning against Florida A&M
• Went 3-for-4 in the Ospreys comeback victory over Ohio State
• Led the Ospreys to a 4-1 record on opening weekend

OTHER NOMINEES:
• Jessica Cross (Pitcher/DP., Kennesaw State) – Went 6-for-10 at the plate while tossing a three-hit shutout, helping the Owls to a 3-0 week
• Alex Everett (OF., ETSU) – Had six hits in the Georgia State First Pitch Classic
• Chelsey Trotto (SS, Stetson) – Opened the season with two hits and a steal in Friday's win over South Dakota
• Emily Lanier (Catcher, FGCU) – Hit a two-run homer against tournament host USF
• Cheyenne Griffin (1B, USC Upstate) – Finished the week with a .625 batting average and hit a home run against St. Bonaventure
• Kirbie Ferrell (INF, Belmont) – Made her first career start against Arkansas and went 2-2 in stolen bases
• Mollie Mitchell (Catcher, Lipscomb) – Led the Bison with a .364 batting average and two runs scored

PITCHER OF THE WEEK:
Hannah Alexander, USC Upstate (So. – Lexington, N.C. – Physical Education)
• First Career A-Sun Pitcher of the Week
• Led Upstate to a 3-0 week with a 0.00 ERA; earning all three victories
• Began with a one-hit shutout of Detroit, taking a no-hitter into the sixth inning.
• Struck out a career-high 12 batters to earn a shutout against Ohio, who scored 37 runs in their last three games

OTHER NOMINEES:
• Shelby Morgan (Fr., FGCU) – Went 1-1 in the tournament, losing only to No. 2 Florida
• Courtney Brandt (Fr., Stetson) – Went 2-0 with a 0.50 ERA and allowed just one earned run in 14 innings
• Abbey Mixon (Jr., Kennesaw State) – Struck out 14 hitters in seven innings and helped the Owls to a 3-0 week
• Emily Lanier (So., FGCU) – Hit a two-run homer against tournament host USF

2012 Atlantic Sun Softball Player and Pitcher of the Week
Date Player of the Week (School)
Pitcher of the Week (School)
Feb. 13 Mariah Reynolds (North Florida) Hannah Alexander (USC Upstate)

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