Memphis Sweeps C-USA Weekly Softball Awards
Feb. 14, 2011
IRVING, Texas – Following a no-hitter to open the 2011 season by sophomore pitcher Carly Hummel and a program first victory over a ranked opponent, the University of Memphis softball team swept the weekly awards as announced by the league office on Monday.
Hummel earns her second career Conference USA Pitcher of the Week honor after posting a 3-0 record in week one of the season, including the sixth no hitter in program history on Friday against North Florida. With her no-hit performance, Hummel helped head coach Windy Thees secure her 300th victory.
Junior Jessica Phillips earned C-USA Hitter of the Week honors after posting a .462 batting average in four games played. Memphis sweeps the C-USA weekly awards for the first time in program history and Phillips is the second player to collect hitter of the week honors (Nikki Moreno – 4/13/09).
On Saturday, Hummel posted her second victory by pitching eight innings in the 7-3 victory over No. 22/24 Ohio State. With the victory, Memphis won its first game over a ranked opponent in program history. The Bakersfield, Calif., native earned her third win over a Kentucky team that started the season 3-0 and finished the tournament 4-1. Hummel stranded six Kentucky players in scoring position, including a bases load jam in the fifth and sixth innings. She struck out seven Kentucky batters to finish week one with 22.2 innings pitched, a 1.24 ERA, 19 K’s. Opponents batted .156 against her with 12 hits, only three for extra-bases.
Phillips earns her first career weekly award after hitting .462 with five RBI’s in the first week of the season. The Tiger first baseman began the season by hitting two home runs against DePaul, which gave Memphis a 3-0 lead. Later in the game she hit another homer to tie the game at 5-5 and by hitting the second home run she tied the school record for home runs in a single game. Phillips went 2-for-3 with two runs scored and a key RBI against No. 22/24 Ohio State in Saturday’s action at the FIU Combat Classic.
The Tigers return to action on Saturday in Atlanta, Ga., as they take on Appalachian State at 2:30 p.m. and host Georgia State at 4:45 p.m. in the Panther Invitational.