SEC SOFTBALL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK (Feb. 4 – Feb. 10)
SEC PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Kelsey Stewart – Florida
2B • Fr. • Wichita, Kan.
Stewart helped lead Florida to three upset wins over the weekend – two over top-five teams in No. 5 Oregon and No. 3 Cal and a W over No. 13 Arizona – as the Gators started the 2013 season undefeated at the Kajikawa Classic in Tempe, Ariz. She scored the game-winning run for UF against Creighton, Northridge, Cal and Arizona after also connecting for the leadoff hit for the Gators in all four of those games over the weekend. Stewart had four multiple-hit games and at least one hit in all five of the Gators’ games last weekend and is the only player for UF to have at least one double, triple and home run this season. She accounted for a quarter of Florida’s 40 hits over the weekend, finishing with 10 hits, 10 runs and five RBIs while hitting .556 from the plate. Stewart also added two HRs, two doubles, a triple and was a perfect 5-for-5 in stolen bases.
SEC PITCHER OF THE WEEK
Rachele Fico – LSU
Sr. • Oxford, Conn.
Fico tossed a pair of shutouts over the weekend which included a triumph over No. 22 North Carolina and was fueled by a 14-strikeout effort against Tulsa during a 1-0 victory in 10 innings. The 14 strikeouts were the second-most in her career only behind her 18Ks versus Syracuse at the 2011 NCAA College Station Regional. All three of Fico’s appearances during opening weekend came against NCAA Regional and 40-win programs from a season ago. She finished the weekend with 20 Ks and a 0.41 ERA in 17 innings of work. Fico moves to within 16 strikeouts of becoming the fifth player in program history to reach 600 career Ks.
SEC FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK
Haylie McCleney – Alabama
OF • Morris, Ala.
McCleney put together one of the best opening weekends in Tide history. In her first collegiate action, McCleney batted .722 (13-for-18) with nine runs, four RBI, two doubles, a triple, two home runs, two walks and five stolen bases. She reached base three or more times in each contest and had three hits in four of the five games. She also scored at least one run every game and stole one base or more in four of the games on top of playing stellar defense. In the win against Drake, the rookie batted 3-for-4, with an inside the park home run, a triple, scored twice and drove in two. Against NDSU, McCleney went 3-for-3, scored three runs, hit a double and a home run and stole a base.
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