Softball player Maddie Monroe was named the Appalachian Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Week and baseball player Zach Kles was named AAC Conference Player of the Week, for their plays from March 5-11. It marks the sixth time in her career that Monroe has earned the weekly conference honor. This is the first for Kles.
Monroe, a 5-foot-8 junior pitcher from Calhoun, Ga., made two appearances last week, posting a pair of wins as Reinhardt went 4-0, outscoring its opponents 22-0. In her two complete-game shutouts, Monroe gave up just two hits with 10 strikeouts over 12 innings as the opposition batted only .053 against her. In the Lady Eagles’ 8-0 five-inning victory over Truett-McConnell College, she tossed a no-hitter with four strikeouts and no walks, allowing just one player reach base (on a hit-by-pitch).
On the season, Monroe has pitched in 13 contests with 11 starts and 11 complete games. She has an 8-4 record and 1.63 ERA with 72 strikeouts and 15 walks in 81 2/3 innings.
Within the AAC, Monroe ranks first in strikeouts per game (7.93), tied for first in wins, tied for first in strikeouts, second in innings pitched, second in opponents’ batting average (.217) and third in ERA. Nationally in the NAIA, she is seventh in innings pitched, tied for eighth in strikeouts and tied for 14th in wins.
Reinhardt is ranked No. 19 nationally in the NAIA and has a 14-7 overall record. The Lady Eagles host an Appalachian Athletic Conference doubleheader with the Bluefield College Lady Rams on Saturday. The first contest is scheduled for 2 p.m. at Ken White Softball Field.
Kles is a 5-foot-11, 210-pound junior from Jefferson, Ga., who primarily plays third base. In three AAC games last week, he batted .643 with two home runs, three doubles, seven RBIs and six runs scored as Reinhardt went 2-1. Kles collected 18 total bases for a slugging percentage of 1.286.
On the season while starting all 22 games, Kles leads the Eagles in batting average (.462), at-bats (78), hits (36), doubles (eight), home runs (eight), RBIs (33), total bases (70) and slugging percentage (.897).
Within the AAC, Kles is tops in batting average, hits per game (1.64), home runs, home runs per game (0.36), RBIs, RBIs per game (1.50), total bases, total bases per game (3.18) and slugging percentage. Nationally in the NAIA, he is third in total bases, tied for third in home runs, fourth in total bases per game, fifth in home runs per game, fifth in slugging percentage, tied for fifth in RBIs and tied for seventh in RBIs per game (1.50).
Reinhardt is 8-14 overall and 4-1 in the AAC. The Eagles host a non-conference doubleheader on Wednesday with the Lee University Flames, who are ranked No. 3 nationally in the NAIA. The first contest is scheduled for 4 p.m. at Ken White Baseball Field.
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