McNeese’s Lopez, Northwestern State’s Brown Secure Weekly Softball Honors

first_imgFRISCO, Texas – McNeese’s Kaylee Lopez and Northwestern State’s Mikayla Brown are the Southland Conference Players of the Week, the league announced Monday. Southland Players of the Week are presented by MidSouthBank.com.Lopez capped a perfect week for the Cowgirls (28-28, 19-8 SLC) who concluded their regular-season schedule with a three-game series sweep over Lamar. The freshman outfielder went 6-for-11 from the plate, brought in five RBI and stole two bases over the three-game stretch. Lopez also tabbed a .545 batting average and a .583 on-base percentage.Brown completed the final regular season of her career last week for Northwestern State (28-25, 15-12 SLC), locking up a 2-0 record with wins over Prairie View A&M Tuesday and Central Arkansas on Sunday. The senior tossed a pair of complete-game shutout victories while ringing up 10 batters over 14 innings.Both winners will now look ahead to the 2019 Southland Conference Tournament, beginning Tuesday morning at 11 a.m. CT on Lady Demon Diamond in Natchitoches, La.Softball Hitter of the Week – Kaylee Lopez, McNeese – OF – Fr. – Indian Bayou, La.Lopez came up big in the regular-season finale against Lamar, most notably in Friday’s doubleheader where she hit 5-for-8 with five RBI’s and one double. She ended the series collecting at least one hit in each game for a .545 batting average.Honorable Mention: Ashley Goetz, Sam Houston State; Cayla Jones, Northwestern State; Caitlyn Brockway, Houston Baptist.Softball Pitcher of the Week – Mikayla Brown, Northwestern State – Sr. – Deville, La.Brown threw two shutouts last week, the second of which clinched the series win over Central Arkansas to secure the No. 6 seed in the Southland Conference Tournament for Northwestern State. She allowed just eight hits over the week. Sunday’s win moved Brown into sole possession of sixth place all-time on NSU’s career wins list (46).Honorable Mention: Megan Landry, Nicholls; Alexsandra Flores, McNeese; Lindsey McLeod, Sam Houston State.Southland weekly award winners are nominated and voted upon by each school’s sports information director. Voting for one’s own athlete is not permitted. To earn honorable mention, a student-athlete must appear on at least 25 percent of ballots.last_img read more