ATLANTA, Ga. – The Great South Athletics Conference announced the winter and spring sports Players of the Week for contests played February 17 -23 and, following voting by the league sports information directors, Salem's Allie Watkins captured Softball Pitcher of the Week and Kat Riale of Agnes Scott won Softball Player of the Week.
GSAC Softball Pitcher of the Week - Allie Watkins of Salem
Allie Watkins (pictured at right) pitched an outstanding game on Saturday as she went 8 innings allowing one earned run on 6 hits in Salem's 3-2 eight inning win over Wilson College. Watkins struck out seven and did not surrender a walk. In her second game against Meredith College she went 7 inning's allowing only one earned run striking out six with no walks allowed in a 3-2 loss. Overall 15 innings, 13 strikeouts, 0 walks, only 2 earned runs.
GSAC Softball Player of the Week - Kat Riale of Agnes Scott
Scotties junior catcher Kat Riale had a strong performance in the batters box and behind the plate in four games this weekend. The Scotties won both games against Maryville on Saturday and won both games against Rust College on Sunday. In total, Riale batted a .636 batting average on the weekend (.571 vs Maryville, .750 vs Rust). In her at bats, Riale had one walk and 7 hits, including one double and two triples. She scored 7 runs and drove in 8 RBI's, including one stolen base. Behind the plate, Riale threw out two runners caught stealing second base and picked off one runner off first base.
Riale of Agnes Scott
The GSAC sports information directors nominate Player of the Week candidates and then vote on the top two nominees in each sport as selected by the conference office. Player of the Week voting occurs on Tuesdays and the weekly announcement of the winners is released each Wednesday morning.