SEC SOFTBALL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK (April 16 – April 22)
SEC PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Amanda Locke - Alabama
DP/P • Sr. • Mesquite, Texas
Locke led the Tide over the week at the plate and in the circle. The Mesquite, Texas native batted .545 (6-for-11) with three runs and six RBI. Locke added a double, a triple and two home runs to slug an incredible 1.364. The senior recorded at least one hit and one RBI in the three games against No. 13 Georgia, and had multi-hit and multi-RBI games in the final two decisions. On Friday, Locke nearly hit for the cycle as she hit a home run, a triple and a double while adding a walk in a 3-for-3 effort at the plate. She added two runs scored and two RBI. In the series finale against Georgia, Locke batted 2-for-4 with a home run and three RBI. Also in the series finale against UG, Locke tossed her longest outing since her freshman season in 2009. The right-hander went 6 2/3 innings with five strikeouts. With her two home runs over the weekend, Locke is now tied with former Alabama All-American Whitney Larsen for third all-time at the Capstone with 48 career home runs.
SEC PITCHER OF THE WEEK
Stephanie Becker – Mississippi State
Jr. • Aurora, Ill.
Becker was the only SEC pitcher to pick up three conference victories in the past week, going a perfect 3-0 against Kentucky for Mississippi State’s first series sweep vs. UK in over four years (2008). In Friday’s 4-3 series-opening win against the Wildcats, Becker picked up her 14th win of the season, doubling her win total from a year ago. The southpaw struck out nine and walked none in her team-best 11th complete game of the 2012 campaign. In Saturday’s contest, the junior entered the tied game in the top of the seventh and threw two hitless innings en route to the eighth inning walk-off win. With the three wins this weekend, the Bulldogs earned a berth in the SEC Tournament and guaranteed a team winning record in the regular season.
SEC FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK
Paige Wilson - Georgia
IF • Chicago, Ill.
Wilson batted .600 (6-for-10) in the series against No. 2 Alabama with six hits, five RBI, four runs, two HRs and one double. In the win over UA on Thursday, Wilson was a perfect 3-for-3 at the plate with two runs and three RBI. She led team this week in most offensive categories and had a 1.300 slugging percentage for the series. Wilson is the Georgia team leader in season hits, multiple hit games (14) and multiple RBI games (12).