February 25, 2014

Melcher, Light sweep TSWA softball awards

BRISTOL, Tenn. – Coming off a 5-0 weekend at the Tusculum College Pioneer Classic, King University swept the Tennessee Sports Writers' Association Softball Players of the Week awards. Chrissy Melcher was named the TSWA Softball Player of the Week, and Hannah Light earned pitcher of the week honors.

Melcher collected five multi-hit games in nine contests for the week, batting .562 (18-for-32) with seven runs scored and seven runs batted in for the Tornado. The Orlando, Fla., native posted one hit in each of the first four games during the week, doubleheaders against UVa-Wise and Lincoln Memorial University.

During the Pioneer Classic over the weekend, the junior infielder batted .737 (14-for-19) in five outings with three doubles, a triple, seven runs batted in and six runs scored. She was 3-for-5 with two doubles and two runs batted against #23 Kutztown University and added two hits and two runs batted in against East Stroudsburg University.

Melcher recorded three hits, two runs batted in and two stolen bases in a win over Mercyhutst University and posted three more hits in the second meeting with East Stroudsburg. She finished the weekend with three hits, including a double, and three runs scored versus UVa-Wise. She leads Conference Carolinas with a .521 batting average and a .771 slugging percentage and has 25 hits with five doubles and 11 RBIs through 14 games this season.

Light posted a 4-2 mark in seven appearances, including six starts, for King, collecting 49 strikeouts with just nine walks in 41 and two-thirds innings of work. The Coeburn, Va., native tossed four complete games in the Pioneer Classic, picking up all four of her wins, with 43 strikeouts while allowing just 18 hits.

The righthander struck out a career-high 14, giving up one earned run on six hits in a 2-1 victory over #23 Kutztown and followed that with 12 strikeouts while allowing only three hits versus East Stroudsburg. The next day against ESU, Light gave up six hits and struck out seven in a 3-2 win and posted 10 punchouts, allowing one run on three hits against UVa-Wise.

She leads the conference with 64 and two-thirds innings pitched and 77 strikeouts and ranks third with a 2.06 ERA while registering a 6-3 mark in 11 appearances this season.

The Tornado softball team opens Conference Carolinas play on Saturday at Erskine College before taking on USC Aiken on Sunday.