Softball Weekly Honors - Feb. 19
PLAYER OF THE WEEK:
Paige Nowacki • Georgia State
McDonough, Ga./Ola HS, Sr., Third Baseman
Nowacki receives Player of the Week honors after clubbing six home runs in four games at the Panther Invitational, and leading GSU to a 3-1 record at the event. She recorded a slugging percentage of 1.846 over the weekend to go with an on-base percentage of .529. Nowacki also added 14 RBIs and three walks, while finishing with a .462 batting average. With 26 home runs in her career, Nowacki moved up to third all-time on the all-time school home run list.
PITCHER OF THE WEEK:
Jailyn Ford • James Madison
Hot Springs, Va./Bath County, Fr., Pitcher
Ford opened her collegiate career at JMU in thrilling fashion over the weekend after finishing with a 2-0 record with 19 strikeouts in two appearances at the Cougar Classic. In her collegiate debut Friday, Ford pitched a complete-game shutout with six strikeouts, three walks, while surrendering just four hits. She followed that up against Syracuse on Saturday by tossing a one-hit shutout and tying a JMU freshman record with 13 strikeouts in a game. Ford also made her presence known at the plate over the weekend by going 6-16 with two home runs, a double, three runs scored, and seven RBIs.
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK:
Caryn Bailey • Hofstra
Elizabethtown, Pa./Elizabethtown Area, Fr., Outfielder
Bailey picks up her first career Rookie of the Week honor after helping Hofstra to two victories in the Florida State Invitational last weekend. Bailey started all five of her first collegiate games in right field, batting .438 with five RBIs and a home run, tying for the team lead in both power categories. She had there multi-hit games in her first weekend at Hofstra, and had at least one hit in four of the five games along with an outfield assist.