FGCU Duo Guides Eagles to Championship Berth; Take Honors

Monday, April 23, 2012

MACON, Ga. - FGCU's Chelsea Zgrabik and Shelby Morgan helped the Eagles lock up a spot in the 2012 Atlantic Sun Conference Softball Championship and in the process earned this week's Player and Pitcher of the Week honors.

PLAYER OF THE WEEK:
Chelsea Zgrabik, FGCU
(C - So. - Houston, Texas - Biology)

  • First Career A-Sun Player of the Week award
  • Batted .476 with three homers, two doubles and 10 total hits
  • Led Eagles to 5-1 week to clinch first-ever spot in A-Sun Championship
  • Drove in nine runs during the week, while crossing the plate thrice
  • Eagles are tied for first place in A-Sun with Kennesaw State
OTHER NOMINEES:
  • Jessica Cross (DP/INF, Kennesaw State) – Hit walk-off grandslam vs. Belmont in fifth inning; finished with eight RBI on week
  • Courtney Brandt (P/DP, Stetson) – Knotched two multi-hit games; went 1-1 as a pitcher
  • Cheyenne Griffin (1B, USC Upstate) – Hit two homers vs. FGCU; batted .333 on the week
  • Mia Vierra (Util., Belmont) – Posted three wins in circle; recorded seven hits at the plate
  • Kelsey Cartwright (IF, Lipscomb) – Drove in seven runs with five hits and two homers
PITCHER OF THE WEEK:
Shelby Morgan, FGCU
(Fr. – High Springs, Fla. – Nursing)
  • Second Career A-Sun Pitcher of the Week Award; second of the season
  • Went 2-1 with a save and a 0.59 ERA on the week
  • Hurled three complete games including one shutout
  • Tossed an 11-inning complete game win against Jacksonville
  • Struck out 13 batters to held FGCU clinch spot in A-Sun Championship
OTHER NOMINEES:
  • Abbey Mixon (Jr., Kennesaw State) – Struck out 19 batters in 12 innings of work to record a 0.58 ERA and clinch Owls a spot in A-Sun Championship
  • Whitney Kiihnl (Sr., Lipscomb) – Recorded two wins with a 2.19 ERA and 16 strikeouts in 16 innings pitched
  • Meredith Owen (So., Stetson) – Went 1-1 with 2.05 ERA with a four-hit shutout vs. ETSU
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)
Mar. 19 Kirsten Bembnowski (FGCU) Kaylie Wallace (North Florida)
Mar. 26 Shellie Robinson (USC Upstate) Whitney Kiihnl (Lipscomb)
Apr. 2 Jessica Cross (Kennesaw State) Kaylie Wallace (North Florida)
Apr. 9 Mia Vierra (Belmont) Shelby Morgan (FGCU)
Apr. 16 Gracey Aguirre (Lipscomb) Hannah Alexander (USC Upstate)
Apr. 23 Chelsea Zgrabik (FGCU) Shelby Morgan (FGCU)

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