USA South Athletes of the Week - Feb. 26, 2018

USA South Athletes of the Week - Feb. 26, 2018

BASEBALL

Baseball Player of the Week
Brady Ballstadt, Piedmont - The junior outfielder from Suwanee, Georgia went a combined 9-for-18 (.500) with a .524 on-base percentage and a 1.222 slugging percentage to go along with six runs scored, nine RBI, one double, three triples, two home runs, two walks and two stolen bases as the Lions notched a 3-1 record last week. In a 9-8 loss to Oglethorpe, Ballstadt was held hitless. In a three-game sweep of USA South foe Berea, Ballstadt was a combined 9-for-13 with six runs scored, nine RBI, one double, three triples, two home runs, two walks and two stolen bases. Also Nominated: Joseph Calvert, Huntingdon; Joel Johnson, Covenant; Alex Kachler, Methodist; Caleb Narron, N.C. Wesleyan; Jimmy Short, Greensboro; Kyle Vidano, Averett.

Baseball Pitcher of the Week
Sam Carpenter, Piedmont - The sophomore from Gainesville, Georgia earned a victory over USA South foe Berea in his only appearance on the mound last week for the Lions. In eight shutout innings, he allowed three hits with zero walks and a career-high 12 strikeouts to give Piedmont the, 11-0, win. Also Nominated: Brooks Freeman, Huntingdon; Nate Gardner, N.C. Wesleyan; Will Hicks, Greensboro; Tristen Luck, Methodist; Richie Post, LaGrange; Dallas Smithers, Averett.

Baseball Rookie of the Week
McKinley Erves, LaGrange - The freshman designated hitter from Huntsville, Alabama went a combined 7-for-14 (.500) with a .556 on-base percentage and a .786 slugging percentage to go along with four runs scored, four RBI, two doubles, one triple, three walks and two stolen bases as the Panthers posted a 1-3 record last week. In a 10-6 loss to Birmingham Southern, Erves was 2-for-4 with two runs scored, one run batted in and one triple. In losing two out of three games to USA South rival Covenant, Erves was a combined 5-for-10 with two runs scored, three RBI, two doubles, three walks and two stolen bases. Also Nominated: Jacob Austin, Methodist; Blake Carroll, Greensboro; Bradley Harris, Huntingdon; Ryan Traylor, Averett; Gavin Wheeler, William Peace.

Baseball Rookie Pitcher of the Week
Tristen Luck, Methodist - The freshman from Fayetteville, North Carolina picked up two wins last week in two starts for the Monarchs. In ten innings pitched, Luck allowed one run (0.90 ERA) on five hits with one walk and five strikeouts. Luck collected the wins over Washington & Lee and USA South foe William Peace. Also Nominated: Tristen Green, Covenant; Cole Spain, Averett; Drew Tubb, N.C. Wesleyan.

 

SOFTBALL

Softball Player of the Week
Mariann Kennison, Piedmont - The junior outfielder from Queen Creek, Arizona went a combined 9-for-17 (.529) with a .600 on-base percentage and a 1.235 slugging percentage to go along with five runs scored, seven RBI, four home runs, three walks and two stolen bases as the Lions notched a 3-3 record last week. In a doubleheader sweep of Agnes Scott, Kennison was a combined 3-for-5 with two runs scored, four RBI, one home run and one walk. In a 4-0 loss to Pfeiffer, Kennison was 1-for-3. In a 5-4 victory over Methodist, Kennison was 1-for-3 with one run scored, one run batted in, one home run and one walk. In a 7-1 loss to top-ranked Virginia Wesleyan, Kennison was 2-for-3 with one run scored, one run batted in and one home run. Finally, in a 7-2 loss to Randolph-Macon, Kennison was 2-for-3 with one run scored, one run batted in, one home run, one walk and two stolen bases. Also Nominated: Nicole Cauthen, Averett; Kaitlyn Checkan, N.C. Wesleyan; Melissa Garcia, Greensboro; Brittany Morton, Salem; Erica Occena, Meredith; Alyssa Singleterry, Huntingdon.

Softball Pitcher of the Week
Taylor Jackson, Meredith - The senior from Hope Mills, North Carolina earned a 3-0 record with one save and a 0.59 ERA last week in five appearances in the circle last week for the Avenging Angels. In 23.2 innings pitched, Jackson allowed two runs on seven hits with seven walks and 24 strikeouts. Her victories over Shaw, Emory & Henry and McDaniel were all complete-game shutouts, including a no-hit performance in the win over McDaniel. Also Nominated: Taylor Bailey, Averett; Lindsey Selph, Huntingdon; Carsyn Stone, Covenant; Maddy Wetherholt, Greensboro. 

Softball Rookie of the Week
Jasmine Worthy, Greensboro - The freshman outfielder from Charlotte, North Carolina went a combined 7-for-11 (.636) with a .636 on-base percentage and a .727 slugging percentage to go along with three RBI and one double as the Pride posted a 3-1 record last week. In a doubleheader sweep of Southern Virginia, Worthy was a combined 4-for-5 with two RBI and one double. In a doubleheader split with Guilford, Worthy was a combined 3-for-6 with one run batted in. Also Nominated: Beth Braswell, N.C. Wesleyan; Makenzie Collins, Averett; Katie Dewey, Huntingdon; Kristina Mojica, William Peace; Brittany Todd, LaGrange.

Softball Rookie Pitcher of the Week
Miranda Barker, Salem - The first-year from Creedmoor, North Carolina earned a 2-1 record and a 1.33 ERA last week in three starts in the circle for the Spirits. In 21.0 innings pitched, Barker allowed six runs, four of which were earned, on 13 hits with five walks and 22 strikeouts. Barker collected a complete-game shutout in an 8-0 win over Brandeis before notched an eight-inning win over Eastern Mennonite. Also Nominated: Cheyanne Cox, Greensboro; Becca Eddins, Piedmont; Dani Kahn, Averett.

 

MEN'S LACROSSE

Men's Lacrosse Player of the Week
Kendrick Ballard, Huntingdon - The Raleigh, North Carolina senior midfielder scored seven goals with one assist in a 2-0 week for the Hawks. In an 18-7 win over Oglethorpe, Ballard scored four goals. In a 13-12, overtime, victory over Brevard, Ballard notched three goals, including the game-winner, and added one assist. Also Nominated: Brady Jenks, Piedmont; Keshawn Downing, Averett; Davis Miller, Greensboro.

Men's Lacrosse Defensive Player of the Week
Lamont Nesbitt, Piedmont - The Evans, Georgia sophomore midfielder was 15-of-19 in faceoffs, grabbed six ground balls and assisted on a goal as the Lions defeated USA South foe Methodist, 9-7, in the team's only action last week. Also Nominated: Patrick Bell, Greensboro; Tyler Keiser, Huntingdon; Jacob Shriver, Averett.

Men's Lacrosse Rookie of the Week
Patrick Bell, Greensboro - The Greensboro, North Carolina freshman midfielder was a combined 33-of-47 in faceoffs with 11 ground balls in a 1-1 week for the Pride. In an 18-8 loss to Guilford, Bell was 15-of-25 in faceoffs with five ground balls. In an 18-2 victory over USA South rival Averett, Bell was 18-of-22 in faceoffs with six ground balls. Also Nominated: Bryce Coates, Huntingdon; Keshawn Downing, Averett; Chase Goff, Piedmont.

 

WOMEN'S LACROSSE

Women's Lacrosse Player of the Week
Monti Hendrix, Methodist - The Buford, Georgia sophomore midfielder scored nine goals with six assists, 25 draw controls, eight ground balls and five caused turnovers in a 2-0 week for the Monarchs versus USA South competition. In a 26-2 win over Salem, Hendrix totaled four goals, four assists, 17 draw controls, four ground balls and two caused turnovers. In a 22-4 victory over Huntingdon, Hendrix notched five goals, two assists, eight draw controls, four ground balls and three caused turnovers. Also Nominated: Cassidy Heflin, Piedmont; Carlee Joseph, Meredith; Madeline Lacavera, LaGrange; Natalie Richey, Greensboro; Alixis Roccia, Averett.

Women's Lacrosse Defensive Player of the Week
Cameron Ruffin, Meredith - The Raleigh, North Carolina senior defender led an Avenging Angel defense which allowed just five goals in a 2-0 week versus USA South members. In a 19-0 win over N.C. Wesleyan, Ruffin scored a goal and added an assist to go along with one ground ball and one caused turnover as just two shots on goal were allowed. In a 17-5 victory over Pfeiffer, Ruffin nabbed four ground balls and four caused turnovers. Also Nominated: Stephanie Carr, Greensboro; Kaitlyn Morris, Piedmont; Breanne Sawall, Averett.

Women's Lacrosse Rookie of the Week
Madison Blashaw, Greensboro - The Raleigh, North Carolina freshman attacker scored four goals with three assists as the Pride defeated Brevard, 17-9, in the team's only action of last week. Blashaw also added four ground balls and one caused turnover in the victory. Also Nominated: Hanna Anderson, Meredith; Sydney Bonner, Methodist; Caitlin Jordan, Piedmont; Shelby Martin, Huntingdon; Elizabeth Peasley, Averett; Brie Shepler, LaGrange.

 

MEN'S TENNIS

Men's Tennis Player of the Week
Sebastian Sikh, N.C. Wesleyan - The senior from Eskilstuna, Sweden earned a 2-0 record at number-one singles and a 1-1 mark at the top doubles position last week for the Bishops against two nationally-ranked teams. The singles victories came over opponents from 28th-ranked Christopher Newport and 15th ranked Case Western Reserve. In doubles, Sikh teamed with Ioannis Brokakis for a win over Christopher Newport. Also Nominated: Nathan Metzger, Piedmont; Felipe Andreazza, Averett; Chris Cox, Covenant; Dylan Betancourt, William Peace.

Men's Tennis Rookie of the Week
Aditya Iyer, N.C. Wesleyan - The freshman from Pune, India earned a 2-0 record at the number-three singles and the number-two doubles positions last week for the Bishops against two nationally-ranked teams. The singles victories came over opponents from 28th-ranked Christopher Newport and 15th ranked Case Western Reserve. In doubles, Iyer teamed with J.D. Telles for the wins. Also Nominated: Samuel Niebanck, Piedmont; Felipe Andreazza, Averett; Taylor Galloway, Covenant; Daniel Carter, William Peace; Carlos Valdez, LaGrange.

 

WOMEN'S TENNIS

Women's Tennis Player of the Week
Heidi Sarkkinen, Averett - The junior from Oulu, Finland earned wins at both the number-one singles and doubles positions versus opposition from Guilford in her only action of last week. Sarkkinen teamed with Hannah Mattson for the doubles victory. Also Nominated: Josie Waddell, Huntingdon; Grace Wilson, Salem.

Women's Tennis Rookie of the Week
Eleanor Crane, Averett - The freshman from Tallwood, Australia earned wins at the number-three singles and number-two doubles positions versus opposition from Guilford in her only action of last week. Crane teamed with Carolyne Dunn for the doubles victory. Also Nominated: Lauren Holman, Salem.


PLEASE NOTE: At least half of the teams in a sport must have competed within the previous week for honors to be awarded.