April 21, 2014
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Coastal Carolina University's Kory Hayden was named the Big South Conference Softball Player of the Week, the league announced on Monday.
Hayden hit .700 (7 for 10) with three multi-hit efforts in four games last week, leading a balanced team offensive performance that helped the Chanticleers go a perfect 4-0 to take sole possession of first place in the conference.
Hayden started the week by going 2 for 2 with two doubles and two RBIs against Charleston Southern and then went 2 for 3 with her 16th home run of the season in the second game of Friday's doubleheader with Longwood. In the series finale, she added another two-hit performance. She also drew three walks in the four games, allowing her to reach base on 10 of her 13 plate appearances. For the week, she had a 1.200 slugging percentage and a .769 on-base percentage.
It is her third career Player of the Week honor and second of the season. With 46 career homers, Hayden now ranks tied for fourth in Big South Conference history.
As a team, Coastal hit .350 over the four games with 16 extra-base hits, including seven home runs and eight doubles. A total of seven Chanticleers batted .375 or better, five contributed at least five hits and three players tied for the team-lead with four RBIs.
Meanwhile, Kiana Quolas and Ashley Bagwell combined to limit Longwood, the league's highest scoring team, to just four runs on 13 total hits in the three-game series. Quolas also recorded 22 strikeouts during the week to move into third place in Coastal history with 459 for her career, passing both Ashley Frederick and Sara Norwood.
Coastal (33-13, 15-3 BSC) begins a six-game regular-season-ending road trip with a key series at Radford on Tuesday and Wednesday. The teams are scheduled to play a doubleheader starting at 4 p.m. on Tuesday and conclude the series on Wednesday with a single game at 2 p.m.
The Highlanders are just 19-20 overall, but now stand second in the conference at 11-4. Senior Jessie Hutchens leads the team with a .369 average, 14 home runs, 41 RBIs and 31 runs scored. Radford has the second-best team ERA in Big South Conference games behind Coastal.