SEC SOFTBALL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK (April 22 – April 28)
SEC PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Lauren Haeger- Florida
P/DP • So. • Peoria, Ariz.
Haeger helped lead the Gators to a series win against No. 23 Georgia, UF’s seventh series win of the conference season. She had a team-best five RBIs on the weekend, two HRs and a sac fly, while turning in a .556 hitting clip. Her sac fly Friday plated one of Florida’s two runs in the series opener, while her three-run blast Saturday was the game-winner – her eighth game-winning RBI of the season for UF. Haeger also picked up the complete game win in the circle Saturday, giving up just one walk with nine Ks to improve to 13-2 overall and 4-2 in SEC play. Haeger’s 3-for-3 performance Sunday tied a career-high for hits.
SEC PITCHER OF THE WEEK
Audrey Broyles – South Carolina
R-Sr. • Pembroke Pines, Fla.
Broyles tossed two complete games last week, shutting out both Charlotte and Mississippi State to help the Gamecocks to a 5-0 week, including the team’s first weekend road SEC sweep in six years. The redshirt senior got a season-best seven strikeouts against the 49ers before clinching the Gamecocks’ second-straight series win at Mississippi State. She gave up only seven hits in the two games, including three to the Bulldogs, with just one walk. The sweep at Mississippi State put the Gamecocks in position to make the SEC Tournament for the first time since 2007.
SEC FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK
Kelsey Nunley - Kentucky
P • Soddy Daisy, Tenn.
Nunley posted two wins over the week against top-15 teams No. 7 Louisville and No. 11 Missouri. She started the week with a complete game against Louisville, allowing one run on seven hits with three strikeouts. Nunley’s impressive outing snapped a 15-game win streak for the highly ranked Cardinals. She finished the week with a complete-game win over Missouri, allowing one earned run on six hits with four strikeouts. Nunley pitched in all four games this week, going 2-1 with a 1.50 ERA, striking out 16 in 23.1 innings pitched.