CHARLOTTE, N.C. (www.BigSouthSports.com) - Gardner-Webb's Savannah Burns (Vale, N.C.) has been selected as the Big South Conference Choice Hotels Softball Player of the Week, while Presbyterian College's Kensley Loudermelk (Taylorsville, N.C.) has received The Crons Brand Pitcher of the Week honor for games played April 2-8, it was announced today by the Conference office.
Burns batted .625 with two runs, five RBI, five hits and a homerun, while drawing two walks to help the Runnin' Bulldogs to a 2-1 record last week. In game one of the series against Campbell, the freshman recorded her third homerun of the season to along with four RBI in the 8-0 win over the Fighting Camels. In the second game, Burns added another RBI off two hits in the 3-2 victory. She tallied her fifth run of the week in the final game of the series, while getting hit by a pitch for her second walk. She finished the week with a 1.000 slugging percentage, a .727 on-base percentage and eight total bases. Burns also recorded six assists and three putouts over the three-game stretch.
Loudermelk went 3-0 with one complete game victory in 13.0 innings pitched last week as the Blue Hose went 3-0. She began her week with a two-inning, two-hit relief effort in Presbyterian's 12-11 victory over Winthrop. In game two of the series against the Lady Eagles, Loudermelk struck out five, while scattering eights hits and surrendering just one run in seven innings pitched. The freshman started the final game, giving up just one run off two hits in four innings pitched, helping Presbyterian clinch the series. Loudermelks' line last week: 3 APP., 3-0, 2.15 ERA, 13.0 IP, 12 H, 4 R/ER, 5 BB, 5 SO.
Also nominated for Softball Player of the Week: Ericka Nesbitt (Campbell), Megan Lombard (Charleston Southern), Cacia Pierre (Coastal Carolina), Katie Zavodny (Liberty), Mary Ellen Morris (Presbyterian) and Nichole Beall (Radford).
Also nominated for Softball Pitcher of the Week: Olivia Scarborough (Campbell) and Cindy Boomhower (Gardner-Webb).
2012 Softball Players of the Week:
Feb. 13 - Chelsey Schoenfeldt, Winthrop
Feb. 20 - Kory Hayden, Coastal Carolina
Feb. 27 - Meredith Crisante, Liberty
March 5 - Nichole Beall, Radford
March 12 - Chelsey Schoenfelt, Winthrop
March 19 - Ericka Nesbitt, Campbell
March 25 - Megan Lombard, Charleston Southern
April 2 - Chelsey Schoenfeldt, Winthrop
April 9 - Savannah Burns, Gardner-Webb
2012 Softball Pitchers of the Week
Feb. 13 - Morgan Dowdy, Charleston Southern
Feb. 20 - Kiana Quolas, Coastal Carolina
Feb. 27 - Kiana Quolas, Coastal Carolina
March 5 - Micalah Sacre, Radford
March 12 - Cindy Boomhower, Gardner-Webb
March 19 - Kiana Quolas, Coastal Carolina
March 25 - Morgan Dowdy, Charleston Southern
April 2 - Jackie Jenkins, Radford
April 9 - Kensley Loudermelk, Presbyterian College