- Armstrong State has all the makings of repeating. We knew they were going to be good and though they dropped 1 game to Angelo State, they easily ran through their competition to post a 4-1 weekend in the first week. Headlining the Pirates was Hannah Reppert who hit .500 and posted a slugging percentage of 1.250. Reppert launched 3 homeruns on the weekend with 6 RBI. This is great but what was even better was as a team they hit 10 homeruns and scored 34 runs in 5 games. They will need to sure up their pitching staff, which pitched a team 3.50 ERA, however, the Pirates were able to get 4 players innings for valuable experience and saw sophomore Sierra Peebles throw a majority (17.1) innings and post a team best 2.42 era.
- Junior College players putting up some numbers. Looking to help their teams Anderson and Limestone picked up some players from Spartanburg Methodist. Brianna Hagerty with Anderson posted a conference best .857 batting average and a .900 on base percentage in her first week of Southeast play. Mary Hart at Limestone showed off the power by hitting 2 homeruns. Also for Limestone transfers Kaylee Freeman and Bailey Person each threw some innings and Freeman posted a 0.88 ERA while Person posted a 0.00 ERA.
- The SAC is already upside down. While we know this is a quick overreaction this early in the season there are some surprises in the SAC. The big one for us is the loss Lenoir-Rhyne posted to Chowan. This was the only win Chowan had in the opening week falling to Southeast teams. However, Lenoir-Rhyne dropped the game and almost lost another to Belmont Abbey to start the season. Freshman arm Sydney Miller has seen a lot of time while primary arms haven’t seen action except for Brandi Parks who was in control of Chowan for 6 innings before being pulled in the 7th where Miller came in relief and blew the save. There are a lot of questions about the Bears who will need to play better if they are looking to compete against the best in the Southeast.
- Barton who? Ok we know this is crazy especially since they only beat Saint Augustine’s, but they may be better than we think and this is just the start of the turnaround for the new Head Coach Junior Bailey. Freshman Sierra Hearp was the big surprise who hit .400 on the weekend and hit a homerun. For a team that only had 15 homeruns last season they already have 2. While Hearp was great in the box, her presence in the circle was even more impressive, posting a complete game no hitter with 6 K’s in 5 innings of work. This may be a jump but we think Barton is going to surprise some people. We are excited to see this weekend’s series with UNC Pembroke now.
- Peach Belt remains supreme. The Peach Belt Conference saw every team that was in action win at least 1 game. As a conference they posted a 31-19 overall record, while against other Southeast schools they posted an 8-4 record.