Thursday, February 14, 2013
MACON, Ga. - The first week of the Atlantic Sun softball season found two wins over Big Ten schools as well as seven wins over 2012 NCAA Tournament teams. A-Sun squads look to carry this momentum into the weekend with all teams scheduled to play.
Kennesaw State and USC Upstate started the season undefeated with the Owls going 5-0 last week and the Spartans claiming the Upstate Subway Classic Championship with four wins.
A-Sun Softball Weekly Notes (#ASunSB):
- Northern Kentucky is set to start their first Division I season on Saturday, February 16 at the Panther Invitational at Georgia State. The Norse first contest will be against Presbyterian at 10 AM.
- Last year, the Norse advanced to the NCAA Division II Midwest Super Regional, just two wins away from the program’s third trip to the NCAA Championships in eight seasons.
- The Owls Amanda Henderson posted a 3-0 record and tallied a save in two starts and four appearances at the Georgia Tech-Kennesaw State Invitational to earn A-Sun Pitcher of the Week honors. The junior registered a 1.00 ERA, while totaling 26 strikeouts and only allowing three earned runs in 21 innings. She captured a 10-strikeout performance in a 1-0 extra inning win over Coastal Carolina.
- The Spartans posted wins over Maine, UMKC, Western Carolina and N.C. Central last weekend. Sophomore Maddison Kieffer was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player and secured this week’s A-Sun Player of the Week award as well. She finished the weekend hitting .800 (8-for-10) with four doubles, two RBIs and six runs. Kieffer’s .800 batting average ranks No. 1 in the A-Sun after the first week of the season.
- The Spartans will play host to their second tournament of the season starting Friday, February 15th. In the invitational, Upstate looks to face George Mason, Winthrop, George Washington and Samford.
- Lipscomb opened the season with a 3-2 record, while securing a win over the Big Ten’s Iowa Hawkeyes. Freshman Tanner Sanders made her debut as a Bison against Iowa and allowed only two hits in seven innings while striking out seven batters.
- The Bisons head coach, Kristin Ryman recorded her 223rd career victory with LU’s 7-3 win over Texas State; making her the winningest coach in Lipscomb softball history.
- Stetson grabbed another win for the A-Sun over a Big Ten opponent when they defeated Michigan State 6-1. The Hatters collected a season-high eight hits against the Spartans while junior Meredith Owen tossed a complete game victory in the circle.
- The 2012 returning A-Sun champions, FGCU, opened their season on Wednesday, February 13th at Florida International. The Eagles got off to a hot start with a 10-0 victory in the first game of the series, only to fall in extra innings 3-2 in the second game.
- In the coming weeks the Eagles will host two tournaments in Fort Myers starting Friday, February 15th. The Eagles will face Wichita State, Appalachian State, Southern Illinois, Georgia Southern and No. 1 Alabama. This marks the first meeting between FGCU and the Crimson Tide. The Eagles have already announced that tickets have sold out for Friday’s 8:15 PM match up.
- Mercer went 5-1 to open the season at the Mercer Softball Invitational. The Bears Molly Garmany tallied four home runs and 10 RBI over the weekend vs. IUPUI and Alabama State. The Bears will head to the Kennesaw State Tournament this weekend to face four OVC opponents.
- Jacksonville started its first week of the season playing two ranked opponents to end the week with a 3-2 record. The Dolphins Sarah Simon recorded three home runs and a double off five hits this season.
- North Florida recorded a 2-0 victory over the UCF, a 2012 NCAA Tournament participant on Wednesday, as Kayla Goff pitched her second complete-game shutout of the season. The Ospreys have won their last two games and look to continue their streak as they face Virginia Tech at noon on Friday, February 15th.
- ETSU’s Sam Carpenter made her collegiate debut with two home-runs vs. Kent State and four RBIs on the weekend. Carpenter has tallied half of the Buccaneers RBIs this season.
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