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Monday, March 15, 2010MACON, Ga. – Jacksonville’s Kayla Shavers claimed A-Sun Softball Player of the Week accolades, after strong showings at the Dolphins two home contests and during tournament play at the FAU Parents Weekend Tournament, while Lipscomb’s Whitney Kiihnl earned her third consecutive A-Sun Softball Pitcher of the Week honor after tossing another no-hitter.
Shavers paced Jacksonville in four wins in five games while hitting .529 (9-17) with eight RBIs, three runs scored, two doubles and a game-winning inside the park home run. The Largo, Fla. native raised her average from .286 to a team-best .395 (109) points with that stretch this week. Shavers finished 5-for-8 with five RBIs in two victories against Toledo on Wednesday. She opened the two-game set with the Rockets with a 2-for-4 effort, as well as a run scored and two RBIs, including the run-scoring double to end the contest in the sixth for a 12-4 victory. In game two against Toledo, the exercise science major had a season-high three hits and three RBIs, while ending the contest early again with a two-run double in the fifth.
Shavers began the weekend at the FAU Parent’s Weekend Tournament with a RBI single against Syracuse, before recording two hits and a run scored in the win against Virginia Tech. Trailing 3-2 in the bottom sixth inning against Charleston Southern, the sophomore had a two-run inside the park home run to right field to help Jacksonville erase a three-run deficit for a 4-3 victory to end the weekend on high note.
Kiihnl pitched her third no-hitter of the season on Thursday in a 6-0 win against Evansville. The sophomore pitcher threw two shutouts on the week, beating Tennessee Tech, 5-0. Kiihnl owns a 13-0 mark on the season, with two wins and one save for the week. The Batesville, Miss., native followed her complete game shutout by tossing two scoreless innings in relief to close out a 2-1 win at Tennessee Tech on Tuesday.
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