Blackford, Beaver Nab Week One Softball Honors

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first_imgFRISCO, Texas – Southeastern Louisiana’s Madisen Blackford is the Southland Conference Softball Hitter of the week, while Central Arkansas’ Kayla Beaver is the Pitcher of the Week, the league announced Tuesday.The Lady Lions opened up their season with a perfect 5-0 record and the tournament title at the 2020 Lion Classic in Hammond, La., over the weekend. Blackford was instrumental in SLU’s flawless start, racking up seven RBI, five runs and seven hits on 13 at-bats. The junior also secured a .538 batting average and a .556 on-base percentage to go along with the game-winning RBI single over UT Martin on Saturday.Beaver opened up her collegiate career in impressive fashion for the Bears (3-3) over the weekend, stamping a 2-0 record in the circle with a pair of complete-game performances. The freshman pitched five innings on Saturday against Jackson State, striking out five batters en route to a no-hitter and an 8-0 win. She then followed suit with seven more innings against Louisiana Tech on Sunday, leading UCA to a 3-0 shutout victory.Softball Hitter of the Week – Madisen Blackford, Southeastern Louisiana – Jr. – OF/C/1B – Des Moines, IowaBlackford led Southeastern Louisiana with a .538 batting average (7-of-13), two triples and seven RBI on a 5-0 opening weekend for the Lady Lions. The preseason first team All-Southland performer singled home the game-winning run in a 6-5 extra-inning victory over UT Martin. Honorable Mention: Blair Clayton, Abilene Christian; Heidi Jaquez, Houston Baptist; Brenique Wright, McNeese; E.C. Delafield, Northwestern State; Megan McDonald, Sam Houston State.Softball Pitcher of the Week – Kayla Beaver, Central Arkansas – Fr. – Jackson, Tenn.Beaver became just the second UCA pitcher to throw a no-hitter in her pitching debut over the weekend, an 8-0 victory over Jackson State on Saturday. She opened her weekend with five strikeouts in five innings of work over Jackson State before notching a second complete-game shutout over Louisiana Tech on Sunday. In the 3-0 victory over LA Tech, she retired 13-straight hitters and concluded the contest with five strikeouts. The freshman did not walk a single batter in either of her appearances.Honorable Mention: Madison Cotton, Houston Baptist; Caroline Settle, McNeese; MC Comeaux, Southeastern Louisiana; Ashley Kriesel, Stephen F. Austin.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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