CHARLOTTE, N.C. (www.BigSouthSports.com) - Coastal Carolina's Kory Hayden (West Palm Beach, Fla.) has been selected as the Big South Conference Choice Hotels Softball Player of the Week, while teammate Kiana Quolas (Oxnard, Calif.) has received The Crons Brand Pitcher of the Week honor for games played Feb. 13-19, it was announced today by the Conference office.
Hayden recorded a .429 batting average with a .500 on-base percentage, three home runs and six RBI to help Coastal Carolina to a 3-2 record at the Florida State Tournament. The freshman marked a 1.143 slugging percentage on the weekend and recorded six hits, while defensively she had 13 total assists and six put outs. Against Mercer on Feb. 17, Hayden had two hits and two RBI with her first home run coming in the third inning to help the Chanticleers to a 9-3 win. During the first North Dakota State game on Feb. 17, she hit a three-run home run in the first inning in the loss against the Thunder. Hayden's third home run of the weekend came vs.Florida State on Feb. 18. Against North Dakota State on Feb. 19, she posted two more hits to finish 6-and-14 at the plate.
Quolas posted a perfect 3-0 record last weekend after pitching 20 innings as Coastal picked up three wins in the Florida State Tournament. The freshman helped Coastal to a 9-3 win over Mercer on Feb. 17, giving up six hits and three runs, while striking out one and walking one in six innings. Against Florida A&M on Feb. 18, Quolas pitched a complete game, allowing just two hits and striking out seven, while walking two. During the second North Dakota State game on Feb. 19, she tallied five strikeouts and gave up just seven hits and no walks in seven innings pitched. Quolas' line last week: 3-0, 1.80 ERA, 20.0 IP, 15 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 13 SO, .190 opponents' batting average.
Also nominated for Softball Player of the Week: Ericka Nesbitt (Campbell), Stephanie Sbardella (Charleston Southern), Melinda Dulkowski (Gardner-Webb), Leslie Hensley (Presbyterian College) and Chelsey Schoenfeldt (Winthrop).
Also nominated for Softball Pitcher of the Week: Brittany Arnn (Campbell), Morgan Dowdy (Charleston Southern), Kensley Loudermelk (Presbyterian College) and Natalie Becker (Winthrop).
2012 Softball Players of the Week:
Feb. 13 - Chelsey Schoenfeldt, Winthrop
2012 Softball Pitchers of the Week
Feb. 13 - Morgan Dowdy, Charleston Southern