Barnes' Game-Winner, Kiihnl's 4-0 Week Take Honors

Monday, March 12, 2012

MACON, Ga. – FGCU's Jessica Barnes and Lipscomb's Whitney Kiihnl claimed the Atlantic Sun Conference Softball Player and Pitcher of the Week Honors, announced by the league office on Monday. Barnes totaled five stolen bases and tacked on a game-winning home run against Stony Brook, while Kiihnl tallied her 1,000th career strikeout and went 4-0 on the week.

PLAYER OF THE WEEK:
Jessica Barnes, FGCU
(OF - So. - Winter Haven, Fla. - Biology)

  • First Career A-Sun Player of the Week award
  • Finished the weekend hitting .476 and scored four runs
  • Grabbed five stolen bases and added three doubles on the week
  • Tacked on the game-winning home run to top Stony Brook, 1-0
  • Went 5-for-9 in the FGCU Tournament with two RBI
OTHER NOMINEES:
  • Casey Horner (1B/DP, ETSU) – Hit .435 with two doubles, three homers and five runs scored
  • Kelsey Cartwright (IF, Lipscomb) – Hit a grand slam with seven RBI on the week
  • Amanda Schmidt (3B, Jacksonville) – Went 3-for-7 with six RBI and a grand slam
  • Kat Hollingsworth (OF, Belmont) – Helped lead Belmont to a three-game sweep of Alabama A&M batting .625
  • Bianca Durant (OF, Kennesaw State) – Had three runs and four RBI with four multi-hit games
PITCHER OF THE WEEK:
Whitney Kiihnl, Lipscomb
(Sr. – Batesville, Miss. – Biology)
  • Eleventh Career A-Sun Pitcher of the Week; Second of the season
  • Became the third player in A-Sun history to record 1,000 career strikeouts
  • Threw a five-inning three-hit shutout against IPFW
  • Tied a season-high with 11 strikeouts against Drake
  • Went 4-0 on the week with 28 total strikeouts
OTHER NOMINEES:
  • Amanda Josie (So., FGCU) – Pitched a combined shutout against Utah and a five-hit shutout vs. Stony Brook
  • Sarah Sigrest (Sr., Lipscomb) – Extended her scoreless inning streak to 27
  • Whitney Leon (Fr., ETSU) – Went a perfect 3-0 while holding the opposition to a .176 batting average
  • Meredith Owen (So., Stetson) – Pitched all 27 innings on the week and topped ACC foe Boston College 7-1
  • Mia Vierra (So., Belmont) – Threw the first shutout of the season for the Bruins against Alabama A&M
  • Jessica Cross (Sr., Kennesaw State) – Led the Owls to a 3-1 victory over FGCU
2012 Atlantic Sun Softball Player and Pitcher of the Week
Date Player of the Week (School)
Pitcher of the Week (School)
Feb. 13 Mariah Reynolds (North Florida) Hannah Alexander (USC Upstate)
Feb. 20 Kelsey Carpenter (FGCU) Amanda Henderson (Kennesaw State)
Feb.27 Shellie Robinson (USC Upstate) Whitney Kiihnl (Lipscomb)
Mar. 5 McKenzie Woody (Mercer) Sarah Sigrest (Jacksonville)
Mar. 12 Jessica Barnes (FGCU) Whitney Kiihnl (Lipscomb)

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