NEW ORLEANS – ULM’s Brianna Love and Louisiana’s Ashley Brignac were named the Sun Belt's Player and Pitcher of the Week, respectively, as announced by the conference office on Monday.

The recognition is the first of the season for Love, who was also named the Sun Belt Conference Preseason Player of the Year earlier in the season. Brignac earned her fourth Pitcher of the Week accolade for 2011, and this award marks the second consecutive week the junior has earned the recognition.

Senior Brianna Love had an outstanding week to lead ULM to a 5-0 performance which included a scorching .667 batting average after going 8-for-12 and a 1.583 slugging percentage with a team-high 19 total bases. Love received a team-high six walks including two intentional and still managed to hit two home runs and ULM’s first grand slam of the season along with 11 runs, two doubles, eight RBI and six stolen bases. Love’s gran dslam was a crucial momentum shifter in ULM’s series finale against Middle Tennessee, putting the Warhawks ahead again 10-8 in the fifth inning before eventually winning 15-12.

Junior Ashley Brignac led the Cajuns to a Saturday sweep of Sun Belt foe Troy, including a complete-game, one-hit shutout in game two … The shutout was her fifth of the season … In 14.0 innings against the Trojans, who just two weeks ago were receiving votes in the USA Today/NFCA Top-25 poll, gave up one earned run, good for a 0.50 weekend ERA … Allowed just seven hits in those 14.0 innings.. The River Ridge, La., native has won the Sun Belt’s Pitcher of the Week honor four times this season, and this week marks her second consecutive Pitcher of the week accolade.

AROUND THE LEAGUE:

UL’s Christi Orgeron recorded seven RBI on the weekend, pushing her season total to 55. Last season she led the Sun Belt at seasons end with 56. Orgeron leads the league in batting average (.467), runs scored (40), hits (50) and RBI (55). She posted an .800 batting average on the weekend, going 8-for-10, and Gabriele Bridges was 4-for-4 with four runs scored, but was walked five times and posted a .909 on base percentage.

With the three-game sweep, the Cajuns move to 14-0 at Lamson Park on the season. A year ago, the Cajuns posted a 19-2 record at home.

In the FIU career record books, the reigning SBC Player of the Year junior Ashley McClain currently ranks first in batting average (.352), third in both doubles (36) and RBI (113), and tied for fifth in home runs (18). McClain also owns the third-longest hit streak in program history, having hit safely in 14-straight games in 2010.

FIU sophomore Kayla Burri tallied her first-career grand slam in game two of a double header at North Texas on Saturday, as the home run marked her second of the day against the Mean Green. Burri went on to finish the contest with a career-high five RBI, and she finished the weekend riding an 11-game hit streak, a mark which ranks tied for fourth all-time at FIU.

Florida Atlantic is coming through in the clutch this season, having scored 59 of their 128 runs with two outs in the inning. After struggling earlier in the year, the Owls have been on a hot streak as of late, winning seven of their last 10 games.

With her three walks this week, Lisa Johnson tied North Texas’ record for walks in a career with 61. She tied Susan Waters who set the record in 2007. Johnson already holds the single-season record with 29, set last year.

Troy’s Nikki Hollett is four home runs away from entering into a three-way tie for fifth place in the Sun Belt record books for home runs in a single season. Hollett stands at 16 for the season, currently leading the league. ULL’s Bridges is five away and Orgeron is six away from also tying for fifth place in the same category.

The Warhawks had their best performance of the season this past week, winning all five games to extend their winning streak to seven-straight including five-straight Sun Belt Conference wins. ULM claimed back-to-back five inning mercy rule wins over Centenary and Stephen F. Austin Tuesday and Wednesday before earning its first series sweep of the season over Middle Tennessee.


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