Week 7 (3/13-19/2017)
1. North Georgia is pretty Deep
Since splitting with Armstrong State and Flagler in conference, North Georgia is on a tear and having some unexpected names stepping up. The biggest this past week was sophomore and Georgia Tech transfer, Jordan Deep. Having only played in 13 games until last week, Deep put herself in the lineup and made a statement going 7 for 13, a .538 batting average while belting out 3 homeruns and a double for a crazy 1.308 slugging percentage. Deep also hit in 6 RBI while scoring 8 runs. She posted an on base percentage of .667 with 5 walks as well. Heading into this week, Deep had only logged 4 hits on the season for a .143 batting average Deep used this past week to bolster her average back to a .268 and post a team third best slugging percentage of .659. The arrival of another big bat to the Nighthawks lineup is scary for everyone in the southeast. Stephanie Hartness and Sydney Sprague continue on their offensive onslaughts, but now adding the power of Deep gives the Nighthawks a potent punch of power. After falling to Flagler, UNG has won 5 straight including sweeps over UNC Pembroke and Francis Marion. The Nighthawks will play two more conference series this weekend on the road heading to a scary Georgia College team on Friday and Augusta on Sunday. But if the bats stay hot for the North Georgia lineup, there is going to be trouble in the PBC.
2. Columbus State’s hot conference start.
If you took a look at the standings in the Peach Belt you may be a little surprised to see Columbus State sitting at the top tied with Armstrong State with a 5-1 record. While there is still a tough road ahead the Cougars have been able to come out hot and have been able to outscore their conference opponents 36-11. One of the biggest reasons for Columbus State’s hot start is on the arm of sophomore Darby Demarest. This past week Demarest logged a 0.54 ERA giving up 1 run in her 13.0 innings pitched with 12 strikeouts for a 2-0 record and a save. Demarest currently sits as 9th in the PBC for ERA with a 2.08 and 7th with 71 strikeouts. Columbus State will need Demarest and the rest of the team this week as they face a tough non conference game with Spring Hill before facing USC Aiken and Lander on the road this weekend in conference play.
3. Anderson’s Pena is finding her groove.
Anderson’s sweep over a strong Coker team who was receiving votes in the polls reestablishes their top seat in the SAC trailing only Lenoir-Rhyne. One of the biggest reasons for the latest success is the pitching of senior Augie Pena. Against Coker’s potent offense Pena threw a 1 hit shutout with 11 strikeout to record her 9th win and 2nd conference win on the season. This is also coming off a win last week against #14 Pfeiffer where Pena threw a 3 hit shutout for the win. Pena has a team and SAC conference best 1.20 ERA and in the last 4 wins has a 1.16 ERA. While leading the conference in ERA, Pena is tied for 1st in saves, 3rd in strikeouts per 7 innings pitched, and 6th in total strikeouts. Anderson has a busy week playing 8 games with 2 against top ranked Limestone and conference matchups against solid Lincoln Memorial and Newberry. If Anderson wants to stay in the top of the SAC, Pena will need to have another big week on the rubber.
4. The aces shined in Conference Carolinas first top 25 matchup.
It was an exciting weekend when #14 Pfeiffer hosted #23 Limestone and the game lived up to the hype seeing a split between the teams. What was more impressive was the performance of the two aces in each of the matchups. In game one it was Pfeiffer Caitlin Christian who came in for relief throwing the final 4.0 innings earning the win while posting 6 strikeouts and 0 hits to give Pfeiffer the victory. In Game two Limestone’s Josie Weber threw a gem by only giving up 3 hits in a complete game performance while logging 4 strikeouts. While the game did not clear up the picture anymore it has really gotten us excited for how good the CC tournament will be especially if these two teams a clicking on all cylinders.
5. Tierce is on a Tear
Georgia Southwestern’s Hayley Tierce received all the preseason awards and we new the sophomore was uber talented, but this past week may have opened up the door for the Tierce. In the four games GSW went 2-2 and Tierce only had 4 hits, but her impact was big. Going 4-8 she hammered out 3 while teams decided to just walk her giving her 6 free passes. Tierce’s .500 batting average, .714 on base percentage and 1.000 slugging percentage was made even more impressive with her 10 RBI and 7 runs scored. Tierce currently leads the PBC with 10 homeruns, 2nd with a .783 slugging percentage and ninth with 18 walks. GSW is currently 2-6 in the PBC and will needs to win some conference games this weekend against Lander and USC Aiken on the road to get back in the picture of making the tournament this season.
Previous Down South Players of the Week:
- Week 1 – Hannah Reppert; Armstrong State
- Week 2 – Abbey Walters, UNC Pembroke
- Week 3 – Shayna Finley, North Greenville
- Week 4 – Sam Chiudina, Francis Marion
- Week 5 – Hannah Riddle; King University
- Week 6 – Allie Jones, Lincoln Memorial
Previous Down South Pitchers of the Week:
- Week 1 – Sierra Hearp; Barton College
- Week 2 – Christine Carver, Coker
- Week 3 – Brandi Parks, Lenoir-Rhyne
- Week 4 – Kylee Smith, North Georgia
- Week 5 – Jane Trzaska; Armstrong State
- Week 6 – Ally Marcano, Flagler