Big South Announces Softball Players of the Week

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (www.BigSouthSports.com) - Radford senior Nichole Beall (Culpeper, Va.) has been selected as the Big South Conference Choice Hotels Softball Player of the Week, while teammate Jackie Jenkins (Mechanicsville, Va.) has received The Crons Brand Pitcher of the Week honor for games played April 16-22, it was announced today by the Conference office.

Beall batted .438 with seven hits, five RBI, two home runs and five runs scored in 16 at-bats to lead the Highlanders to a 4-1 record last week.  She recorded a hit in every game, including a 3-for-3 performance against UNCG on April 17.  In the first game vs. UNCG, she tallied a home run, two RBI, two doubles and a stolen base.  In the three-game sweep over Winthrop, Beall went 3-for-10 with three hits, three RBI and a homerun.  In game two vs. the Eagles, she homered, knocked in three runs and scored two to lead the Highlanders to an 8-0 win.  The senior finished the week with a 1.062 slugging percentage and a .571 on-base percentage.  Beall also recorded eight putouts and 11 assists at shortstop over the five-game stretch.

Jenkins recorded three complete-game victories, including a pair of shutouts last week to finish with a 3-0 record.  She allowed just one earned run and posted a 0.33 ERA in the three-game span.  In the shutout against UNCG on April 17, Jenkins gave up just three hits and struck out one.  Following a five-hitter against Winthrop on April 21, the junior completed Radford's weekend sweep with a four-hit shutout in the 5-0 victory.  Jenkins' line last week: 3 APP., 3-0, 0.33 ERA, 21.0 IP, 12 H, 1 R/ER, 3 BB, 1 SO.

Also nominated for Softball Player of the Week: Stephanie Jones (Campbell), Linzy Rother (Charleston Southern), Samantha Meenaghan (Gardner-Webb) and Sammi Shivock (Liberty).

Also nominated for Softball Pitcher of the Week: Olivia Scarborough (Campbell), Morgan Dowdy (Charleston Southern), Cindy Boomhower (Gardner-Webb), Chandler Ball (Liberty) and Leslie Hensley (Presbyterian College).

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
April 16 - Chelsea Pineda, Coastal Carolina
April 23 - Nichole Beall, Radford

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
April 16 - Cindy Boomhower, Gardner-Webb
April 23 - Jackie Jenkins, Radford