Week 8 (3/20-26/2017)
And the Saints keep pitching big.
Limestone has enjoyed riding Josie Weber and her 97.1 innings pitched with a 14-2 record. But what if I told you the arm that has thrown 85.2 innings with a 12-2 record claims the second best ERA in Conference Carolinas with a 1.72. Courtney Smith came around full steam this past week logging an impressive 3-0 record, while shutting out offensive powerhouse Coker and allowing North Greenville to score only 1 unearned run. Pitching 20.0 innings this past week Smith only allowed 1 earned run while striking out 17 for an almost perfect 0.35 ERA on the week. Weber and Smith are currently 1 and 2 in the CC for total wins and 2 and 3 for ERA. Both are also in the top 8 of the conference for innings pitched, and total strikeouts. Limestone is currently 20-3 in their last 23 games and their 3 losses came in splits to, at the time, #14 Pfeiffer, receiving votes Anderson and a super strong Coker team who has received votes for the national polls. Limestone will play out of conference at Lincoln Memorial on Thursday before returning home for two conference series with Mount Olive on Saturday and Barton on Sunday.
Carson-Newman is winning while the winning is good.
The Carson-Newman Eagle softball team is no stranger to winning but this season they are putting it to new heights locking down the current best winning streak in the Southeast with 13 games. What’s more impressive is that in 9 of these last 13 wins the Eagles have won by the run rule. This past week Carson-Newman went 4-0 sweeping conference teams Mars Hill and Catawba while outscoring them 35-5. The Eagles offensive onslaught was led by freshman Taylor Scott who was 8-10. Scott logged a double and homerun while scoring 10 runs and hitting in 9 RBI. Scott’s .800 batting average was accompanied by an on base percentage of .875 and an out of this world slugging percentage of 1.200. While the offense has been cruising the one two punch of the pitching staff has made a name for itself. Everyone knew senior Allison Webster was an ace, but freshman lefty Lacie Rinus has come right in and dominated the rubber. Both pitchers are currently ranked in the top 3 of the SAC with strikeouts and wins. Rinus leads the SAC with 119 strikeouts and is second with 14 wins while Webster is third in wins (13) and strikeouts (107). The Eagles defeated Brevard on Monday 9-1 and 23-1. They will head to Erskine for a non-conference matchup before returning back home for the conference double header with Newberry on Saturday.
Coker Cobras clicking.
Heading into this week Coker was in the need of bouncing back after being swept by Anderson to put them at 0-2 in the SAC conference standings. Bounce back the Cobras did responding with a 5-1 record, sweeping conference foes Queens and Lincoln Memorial and then posting a split with the #22 team Limestone. This past week Coker has outscored their opponents 27-12 hitting 4 homeruns as a team. The offense power has originated with Maria Williamson who had 3 of the 4 homeruns this past week as well as 3 doubles for an outrageous 1.167 slugging percentage. Williamson was 9-18 for a .500 batting average while hitting in 8 RBI and scoring 4 runs. With the 3 homeruns Williamson is now tops in the SAC for homeruns while being tied with Shayna Finley from North Greenville for the most in the Southeast with 12 homeruns and tied for 2nd most in NCAA DII. Williamson also leads the NCAA DII in total bases with 98 on the season so far. Coker will play 2 conference series this week heading to Catawba on Wednesday and playing at Tusculum on Saturday.
Armstrong State looks to cement their lead in the PBC.
Since splitting with North Georgia, Armstrong State has ripped off a 10 game win streak in PBC play to sit atop the conference with a 13-1 record. This past week Armstrong went 6-0, with sweeps over USC Aiken, UNC Pembroke and Francis Marion outscoring them 46-15. Senior arm Jane Trzaska has helped spearhead the current win streak. Over the past week Trzaska went 3-0 while pitching 17.0 innings and only giving up 2 earned runs. Posting a 0.82 ERA for last week Trzaska improved on her team best and 2nd in PBC 1.05 ERA for the season. Trzaska has also helped with her bat this season hitting .333 with 6 homeruns. As a team Armstrong is second in NCAA DII with 53 homeruns and averaging 1.83 homeruns per game while having 5 players in the top 10 of PBC with homeruns. The Pirates will play two conference series this weekend heading to 2nd place Columbus State on Saturday for a big doubleheader and then at Georgia Southwestern on Sunday.
The quiet rise of the Young Harris Mountain Lions.
Young Harris started the year off with a bang reeling off a perfect 14-0 start to the season. However, heading into conference play the Mountain Lions faded off starting 0-5. Young Harris recorded their 5 losses in sweeps by Armstrong State and Flagler while losing game one to Montevallo. After winning game two against Montevallo, Young Harris has posted 9 straight conference wins including sweeps over UNC Pembroke, Francis Marion, Augusta University and then sweeping Georgia College who had swept #2 North Georgia the day before. Senior pitcher Jeanie Perucci is one of the key cogs in the recent success of the Mountain Lions. This past week Perucci recorded a 2-0 record including a no hitter against Augusta. Before this season Perucci posted ERAs over 4.00 in 2015 and 2016, but has found her groove this year posting a PBC 5th best 1.93 ERA and 13 wins. Perucci has also amassed 102 strikeouts which is a career high. Perucci is not only key in the circle but is hitting a team 4th best .348 while leading the team with 47 runs scored, 2 away from a career high. Perucci will help lead Young Harris this weekend as they look to win 4 more games in conference play at home. On Saturday the Mountain Lions take on Lander before taking on USC Aiken on Sunday.
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
- Week 7 – Jordan Deep, North Georgia
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
- Week 7 – Darby Demarest, Columbus State