NSU’s Delafield, SFA’s Wilbur Claim Southland Player of the Week Honors

first_imgFRISCO, Texas – Northwestern State’s E.C. Delafield and Stephen F. Austin’s Kassidy Wilbur are the Southland Conference Softball Players of the Week, the league announced Monday. Southland Conference Players of the Week are presented by MidSouth Bank.Delafield headlined Northwestern State’s (13-13, 5-1 SLC) three-game sweep of Abilene Christian over the weekend, where she produced a .667 on-base percentage and a 1.625 slugging average. The NSU sophomore logged five hits on eight appearances at the plate to finish the week with a .625 batting average. Delafield also brought in six RBI while launching a pair of homers against the Wildcats.Wilbur scorched the plate helping the Ladyjacks (15-12, 3-3 SLC) to a pair of wins in their three-game series against McNeese over the weekend. The freshman registered a pair of complete games, giving up just two runs throughout the series, while dealing 17 strikeouts.The award marks the first of the season for Delafield and the second of the year for Wilbur.Northwestern State will travel to McNeese for a three-game series beginning this Friday, March 22 at 6 p.m. CT.Stephen F. Austin is slated for four games this week beginning with a trip to College Station to face off with Texas A&M. First pitch against the Aggies is slated for 5 p.m. Wednesday, March 20.Softball Hitter of the Week – E.C. Delafield, Northwestern State – DP – So. – Stonewall, La.Delafield went 5-for-8 in the weekend sweep of ACU. Delafield knocked in the first two runs of the contest with a two-run triple. The home runs were the first of her career. In game one, Delafield’s two-run triple were the first of the contest. Up 5-2, her two-run home run effectively ended ACU’s comeback bid as she went 3-for-3 with four RBIs in the series opener. Delafield began the third game with a solo home run shot and added another RBI in the run-rule conclusion. Two of the Lady Demons’ three wins were decided in five innings.Honorable Mention: Margarita Corona, Stephen F. Austin; Brooke Malia, Sam Houston State; Shaina Amir, Lamar.Softball Pitcher of the Week – Kassidy Wilbur, Stephen F. Austin – Fr. – Bridge City, TexasFreshman righty Kassidy Wilbur continued her outstanding rookie campaign by nearly tossing a no-hitter against McNeese Friday in a series-opening one-hit complete game shutout (7-0). Her third complete game shutout of the season, Wilbur gave up just one hit in the top of the seventh inning and fanned nine of 25 batters faced with just three walks. She followed up that performance by claiming her eighth complete game win of the season Saturday as SFA earned its first Southland series win of 2019 with a 4-2 victory in the decisive game three. Wilbur notched eight strikeouts in 29 total batters faced, allowing just two walks and two earned runs for her ninth win of the season.Honorable Mention: Lindsey McLeod, Sam Houston State; Samantha Guile, Northwestern State; Erin Kyle, Lamar; Alley McDonald, Southeastern Louisiana.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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