Sirus, Kiihnl Sweep A-Sun Softball Weekly Awards

Monday, March 01, 2010

MACON, Ga. – Lipscomb’s Kellie Sirus claimed A-Sun Softball Player of the Week accolades after her performance during the Frost Classic, while Whitney Kiihnl earned her second A-Sun Softball Pitcher of the Week honor after pitching a perfect game against Austin Peay.

Sirus drove in two runs and scored once to account for all three runs in Saturday’s 3-0 win against Kentucky in the second day of the Frost Classic hosted by Tennessee-Chattanooga in Chattanooga, Tenn. The Sarasota, Fla. native collected at least one hit in each game. The Lady Bisons won the tournament with a 5-0 record, adding to a 12-1 mark for the season.

Kiihnl pitched a perfect game against Austin Peay in the first round of the Frost Classic on Friday. In the 15-0, five-inning win, the sophomore struck out 13 of the 15 batters she faced. It marked the first perfect game for a Lipscomb pitcher in the NCAA era and only the second in the history of the program with the last one in 1998. Kiihnl did not allow a run in 18.1 innings, winning three games (Austin Peay, Kentucky and Kansas). Saturday, the Batesville, Ky. native shut down Kentucky, 3-0, allowing two hits and striking out 10. Kiihnl came back later in the afternoon in relief with the Lady Bisons down 3-0. In 6.1 innings, she gave up one hit and struck out 11 as the Lady Bisons rallied for a 7-3 win. Kiihnl also batted .556 with five hits in nine at bats and scored four runs.

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Other Top Performers
Morgan Childers, USC Upstate (Jr. - P - Kings Mountain, N.C. - Secondary Education) – Childers turned in another dominant performance on the week, finishing 2-0 without surrendering a run while striking out 27 in two appearances. The junior began the week with 12 strikeouts, while allowing just one hit in the complete game win against Tusculum. Childers finished the week with 15 strikeouts and allowing just three hits in the 6-1 win against Siena.

Jessica Cross, Kennesaw State (So. - P - Tunnel Hill, Ga.) – Cross went 7-for-14 with four home runs and eight RBIs over four games, leading Kennesaw State to a 3-1 record over that span. The sophomore also pitched a seven inning, three-hit shutout against Georgia State on Saturday, striking out nine, and a complete game against Troy on Tuesday, Feb. 23, giving up just one run on six hits. Both pitching performances led to Owls wins.

Jessica Duncan, ETSU (Jr. - P - Ooltewah, Tenn. - Exercise Science) – Duncan earned two of ETSU’s three wins in the circle this weekend in Chattanooga, going 2-1 with a 0.79 ERA (2ER/17.2IP) and eight strikeouts. The Ooltewah, Tenn. native tossed six scoreless innings of five-hit ball in the 5-0 win against Rutgers on Saturday, marking 18 straight innings of allowing zero earned runs. On Friday, Duncan pitched a complete game in the 2-1 win against Ball State. The junior right-hander scattered seven hits while fanning a pair of Cardinal hitters and surrendering one unearned run. Then on Sunday, Duncan suffered the loss, despite going 4.2 innings and giving up six runs (two earned) on three hits.

Amy Joyce, Stetson (Sr. - CF - Lake Mary, Fla. - Psychology) – Joyce stood once again as the lightning-quick sparkplug at the top of Stetson's lineup, getting eight hits in 13 at-bats over four games for a .615 batting average. The Lake Mary, Fla. native also walked twice and reached base two-thirds of the time (.667 OBP) during the Hatter Classic. Joyce stole six bases on the weekend, including three in Sunday's 5-1 win against Albany. In the first inning of Sunday evening's 5-3 win versus Boston College, the senior scored the 121st run of her career, setting a new Stetson program record. Joyce ranks sixth all-time in the A-Sun in stolen bases (78) and stands just 13 runs shy of joining the top-10 in that category as well. On the season, the psychology major is batting an astounding .475 with 11 stolen bases.

Amanda Miller, Campbell (Jr. - SS - Dunn, N.C. - Elementary Education) – Miller posted three hits on the week, including the game-winning two-run double in the second game against College of Charleston. The elementary education major tied for the team lead with three RBIs and also stole a base and scored a pair of runs.