This Week in Atlantic Sun Softball: February 17th

Thursday, February 16, 2012

MACON, Ga. - Over the next week 42 softball games are slated for play. Two Lipscomb games can be seen on ASun.TV on Sunday: Lipscomb vs. Butler at 1:15 p.m. and Lipscomb vs. Samford at 3:30 p.m.

Atlantic Sun Softball Weekly Notes:

  • USC Upstate’s Cheyenne Griffin leads the league in batting average, .625, after the first week out. Kennesaw State’s Jessica Cross is close behind with an average of .600. USC Upstate also leads the league after the first week with a team average of .368.
  • Jacksonville’s Kayla Ouellet joined the 100-club this week. Ouellet hit 100 career runs scored and is currently the career-active leader in runs scored. Her six runs scored on the week puts her in second in the conference on the season, just behind North Florida’s Alyson Bailey, who had seven on the week.
  • Kennesaw State, USC Upstate and Stetson lead the conference after going 3-0 on the week. USC Upstate and Stetson went 3-0 at on neutral ground, while Kennesaw State won three-straight at home.
  • Lipscomb pitcher Whitney Kiihnl ranks fourth all-time for career strikeouts with 915, fourth all time for career pitching wins, with 72 and fifth all-time for career shutouts with 31. Kiihnl is only four strikeouts away from former Mercer Bear Jenni Holtz, who had 960 career strikeouts.
  • North Florida leads the league in runs scored with 46. The next team in sight is Stetson and USC Upstate who both have 23 runs on the season. With that, North Florida also leads the A-Sun in plate appearances with 237.
  • After the first week of play, four pitchers have an earned run average of 0.00: USC Upstate’s Hannah Alexander, Kennesaw State’s Jessica Cross, Stetson’s Meredith Owen and Kennesaw State’s Amanda Henderson.
A-Sun Softball Records since 2008
School A-Sun Record
Average Overall Record Percentage
Lipscomb 64-18 .780 149-76 (2nd) .662
FGCU 57-25 .695 152-81 (3rd) .652
USC Upstate 51-31 .622 151-59 (1st) .757
Kennesaw State 42-40 .525 115-100 (7th) .534
Mercer 41-40 .506 129-104 (4th) .554
North Florida 41-41 .500 120-102 (5th) .540
Jacksonville 40-42 .487 124-113 (6th) .524
Stetson 36-45 .395 124-107 (8th) .536
ETSU 24-58 .293 93-133 (9th) .412
Belmont 13-69 .159 46-158 (10th) .225

  • After the first week of play, four pitchers have an earned run average of 0.00: USC Upstate’s Hannah Alexander, Kennesaw State’s Jessica Cross, Stetson’s Meredith Owen and Kennesaw State’s Amanda Henderson.
  • USC Upstate’s Alexander held opposing batters at a .070 batting average. She leads the league in the category, followed by Kennesaw State duo, Abbey Mixon with .111 and Cross with .125.
  • Last year’s Pitcher of the Year, Sarah Sigrest took the lead in strikeouts with 31. Sigrest is No. 2 on the list for career-active leaders with 430 strikeouts. Sigrest sits behind Kiihnl who has 915 career strikeouts.
  • North Florida’s Jackie Reese leads the A-Sun in RBI with nine runs batted in. Reese is followed by teammate and Player of the Week, Mariah Reynolds, with eight.
  • Belmont’s Ashley Byers is now tied for third in career-active leaders for home runs with 20. Byers is tied with Kennesaw State’s Sharon Swanson. The pair sit four behind Mercer’s Sarah Stukes with 24. Cross currently leads the A-Sun in active-career home runs with 45.
  • Mercer’s Tiffany Phillips and Stetson’s Chelsey Trotto each hit a pair of home runs on the week to put them in the lead for home runs on the season. A total of 20 other Atlantic Sun student-athletes are tied for one home run on the season.

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