March 24, 2014
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Coastal Carolina University softball player Morgan Noad has been named the Big South Conference Player of the Week, the league announced on Monday.
It is the first career Player of the Week honor for Noad, who batted .750 (6 for 8) with two home runs during the Chanticleers' three-game sweep of Gardner-Webb over the weekend.
The sophomore catcher/designated player from Valley Forge, Pa., had two hits in each of the three games while driving in at least one run and scoring at least once in each of the victories. She totaled five RBIs, four runs scored and had 1.500 slugging percentage in the series, while also drawing one walk and stealing one base. Noad homered in both games of the doubleheader on Saturday, including a three-run homer in the first inning of the opener.
Noad has had multiple hits in each of Coastal's last five games, batting .714 (10 for 14) with three home runs and six RBIs. Further, she has recorded at least one hit in 12 of the last 13 contests, raising her season average to .349, second-best on the team. Noad caught fire when the calendar turned to March, hitting .460 with seven home runs and 23 RBIs in 17 games dating back to March 1. For the season, she ranks fourth in the Big South with eight home runs, third with 29 RBIs, fourth in total bases (59), fifth in slugging (.711) and eighth in batting.
Noad is the third Chanticleer to earn conference Player of the Week honors this season, and she gave Coastal its eighth total weekly honor (Player or Pitcher).
Also announced Monday, the Chanticleers' three-game series at Campbell has been moved back a day due to a forecast for rain. The two teams will now play their doubleheader on Wednesday at 4 p.m. and then conclude the series with a single game on Thursday, also at 4 p.m. Coastal (20-9, 3-0) and Campbell (19-14, 5-1) finished first and second in the conference, respectively, last season.