March 19, 2012

Six Earn USA South Awards

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. - Shenandoah University had six student-athletes earn USA South Conference weekly awards in selections announced Monday by the league office.

The baseball team, coming off of a 4-0 week that included a victory over No. 25 Bridgewater and a USA South Conference sweep versus Greensboro, swept their awards while women's lacrosse had two student-athletes honored.

Nick Beall and Cory Nelson were named as the league's Player and Pitcher of the Week, respectively, with freshman teammates Corbin Lucas and Matt Riegler earning Rookie of the Week and Rookie Pitcher of the Week honors.

In lacrosse, sophomore Ashley Cross was selected as the league's Defensive Player of the Week and freshman Liz Bereit earned Rookie of the Week accolades.

For Bereit, it is the third straight week that she has been honored by the league.

She earned her third straight honor by tallying nine points on eight goals and one assist as Shenandoah dominated both Agnes Scott, 23-3, and N.C. Wesleyan, 17-2. Bereit had six of those goals, along with one assist and five draw controls, in the Agnes Scott contest. 

The Latrobe, Pa. native then had two goals, four groundballs and three caused turnovers in the 15-goal victory at NCWC.

Cross, who has been named as the league's Defensive Player of the Week two times this season, had to make just six total saves in the two contests.

Cross now has a goals against average of 5.25 and a save percentage of .567. Both marks lead the USA South.

Beall picks up his first-ever USA South honor after hitting an even .500 (5 for 10) in the four games last week. He had two hits in both the PSU-Altoona and Bridgewater contests before going a combined 1 for 3 with five walks in the weekend sweep over Greensboro.

Nelson allowed just three hits and four unearned runs in the Hornets 6-5 victory over Greensboro on Sunday. He struck out six in earning his second pitching victory of the spring.

Lucas hit .400 on the week (6 for 15) with six RBI on one double and a home run from his No. 7 spot in the Hornets batting order.

In Sunday's 6-5 win, Lucas started things off with a solo HR and then had what proved to be the game-winning RBI with an eighth-inning single to left. Lucas had at least one hit in every game and posted two hits in both the Bridgewater and second Greensboro contests.

Riegler settled into his role as the squad's closer by finishing out all four games last week and posting one win and two saves in the process. In Sunday's one-run victory over GC, Riegler struck out the side with the tying and winning runs in scoring position.

Riegler had four strikeouts in 4 1/3 innings pitched and allowed just one run on three hits.

The baseball team is in action tomorrow at 4 in a non-league game against future ODAC rival Randolph-Macon with women's lacrosse returning home on Wednesday evening to take on Hood College.