The Southeastern Conference announced its softball weekly honors on Monday, recognizing outstanding performances on the diamond from the opening week of the season.
Player of the Week
Griffin Joiner • Kentucky
Junior • Hopkinsville, Ky.
• Paced Kentucky offensively over the weekend with a .667 batting average, belting three home runs and two double.
• Had two home runs in UK’s season opener vs. Santa Clara, tying the school record for most home runs in a game.
• Third homer came against Loyola Marymount and was a grand slam, the first of her career.
• Went 4-for-4 against Loyola Marymount with a double, grand slam and five RBI.
• Started the year on a five-game hitting streak.
• Had a hit against No. 2 Oklahoma to get UK’s offense going.
• Has recorded an extra-base hit in three of UK’s four games.
• Four hits vs. Loyola Marymount tied a career high.
• Her performance helped Kentucky to a 5-0 start for the first time in school history.
Pitcher of the Week
Lauren Haeger • Florida
Junior • Peoria, Ariz.
• Pitched her first career no-hitter Sunday in UF’s 5-1 win over Wisconsin.
• Tied her career-high with 11 strikeouts in the win over the Badgers.
• Had seven strikeouts in the Gators win over Illinois State.
• Sunday marked the 11th time the junior has worked 4+ innings (or 3+ in a 5-inning win) while allowing 0 runs.
• For the weekend, pitched 13.0 innings in two wins. She allowed two earned runs in three hits, walking five.
Freshman of the Week
Baylee Corbello • LSU
Pitcher • Lake Charles, La.
• Made her LSU debut over the weekend at the Tiger Classic and became the fourth freshmen in team history to record double-digit strikeouts in consecutive games as she earned a 1-1 record.
• She was named to the Tiger Classic All-Tournament Team after she fanned 10 against Minnesota to become the fifth pitcher in program history to reach double digit Ks in their first start.
• She then tied for the third most strikeouts in a game by a freshman with 13 against Oklahoma State. She held the Cowgirls to just one hit in the complete-game shutout.
• At one point, the Lake Charles, La. native retired 11-straight OSU batters in the win.
• She closed out the game in style and worked her way out of a bases loaded with back-to-back strikeouts.
• Her 23 Ks is tied for the SEC lead after one weekend of play.