NSU’s Perry, UCA’s Sanchez Named Southland Softball Players of the Week

first_imgFRISCO, Texas – Northwestern State’s Alexis Perry is the Southland Conference Hitter of the Week, while Central Arkansas’ Rio Sanchez is the Pitcher of the Week, the conference announced Tuesday. All Southland Conference Players of the Week are presented by MidSouth Bank.Perry claims the weekly hitting honor after eight hits on 16 plate appearances through six contests for Northwestern State. In addition to a pair of home runs, the freshman also registered a .875 slugging percentage and a .529 on-base percentage for the week.Sanchez marked a stellar week for Central Arkansas recording wins in both of her appearances and holding opponents to a .063 batting average. The sophomore allowed no runs across 10 innings pitched and twirled a no-hitter in her opening game of the week. Both awards are the first of the season for each recipient.Softball Hitter of the Week – Alexis Perry, Northwestern State – C – Fr. – Wylie, TexasPerry continued her impressive freshman season with eight hits and eight RBI in six games this week. The freshman cranked a three-run home run against Fairleigh Dickinson that broke a scoreless tie. Her two-RBI single against Houston Baptist also served as the Lady Demon’s first runs of the game. In Northwestern State’s second win over HBU, the Wylie, Texas, product had a pair of RBI as part of five-run NSU inning that extended a 1-run lead for the Lady Demons. Seven of her 8 RBI came against Fairleigh Dickinson and Houston Baptist.Honorable Mention: Kali Clement, Nicholls; Bobbi Smith, Southeastern Louisiana; Kaylyn Shpeherd, Central Arkansas; Justyce McClain, McNeese; Heidi Jaquez, Houston Baptist.Softball Pitcher of the Week – Rio Sanchez, Central Arkansas – So. – Erie, Colo.Rio Sanchez was dominant in her two starts this week, holding opponents scoreless across 10 innings. The sophomore tossed a no-hitter, the second of her career, Wednesday against Arkansas – Pine Bluff, striking out nine of 15 batters along the way. She followed that performances up with a complete game two-hit shutout victory over Jackson State Monday afternoon.Honorable Mention: Samantha Guile, Northwestern State; Amber Coons, McNeese; Elliot Estes, Houston Baptist.Southland weekly award winners are nominated and voted upon by each school’s sports information director. Voting for one’s own athlete is not permitted. To earn honorable mention, a student-athlete must appear on at least 25 percent of ballots.last_img

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