Softball Team Headed to Nationals; Roddy, Monroe Earn AAC Weekly Honors for Softball
This past Friday (April 27), the Reinhardt softball team, under head coach Glen Crawford, won the Appalachian Athletic Conference Tournament championship in Kingsport, Tenn., earning the AAC's automatic bid to the NAIA Softball National Championship event for the second straight year. The 2012 NAIA national tournament begins on Thursday, May 17 in Gulf Shores, Ala. The Lady Eagles have a 34-11 overall record and tied for the AAC regular season crown at 14-4.
Reinhardt University softball players Nikki Roddy and Maddie Monroe were named the Appalachian Athletic Conference Player of the Week and Pitcher of the Week, respectively, for their plays from April 23-29. It marks the 10th time in her career that Monroe has earned the weekly conference honor, including five times this season. Roddy has received the award on five occasions, including twice this year.
Roddy, a 5-foot-5 senior utility player from Woodstock, Ga., batted .500 (7-for-14) with two home runs, a triple, two doubles, six RBIs and three runs scored in leading Reinhardt to four straight wins last week and the AAC Tournament championship. She posted a 1.214 slugging percentage and .533 on-base percentage.
On the season, Roddy has started all 45 games for the Lady Eagles and leads the team in batting average (.417), hits (58), home runs (four), doubles (20), total bases (94), slugging percentage (.676) and on-base percentage (.494). She has two triples, 37 runs scored and 30 RBIs.
Within the AAC, Roddy ranks first in doubles, second in batting average, second in slugging percentage, second in hits per game (1.29), second in doubles per game (0.44), second in total bases per game (2.09), third in hits and third in total bases. Nationally in the NAIA, she is ninth in doubles per game and tied for 10th in doubles.
A 5-foot-8 junior pitcher out of Calhoun, Ga., Monroe pitched all 26 innings for Reinhardt last week, picking up four consecutive victories as the Lady Eagles won the AAC Tournament title for the second year in a row. In her four complete games, including three shutouts, she posted a 0.81 ERA, allowing 10 hits with 31 strikeouts and one walk. Opponents batted just .119 (10-for-84) against her.
Monroe tops Reinhardt in almost every statistical pitching category, including appearances (29), innings pitched (175), starts (25), complete games (24), wins (20), shutouts (15), ERA (1.12), strikeouts (198) and opponents’ batting average (.172). She has a 20-7 record and has walked just 27.
Monroe leads the conference in ERA, opponents’ batting average and strikeouts per game (10.18) while ranking second in wins, second in strikeouts and fourth in innings pitched. On the national level, she is tied for 12th in opponents’ batting average, 13th in ERA, 13th in strikeouts, tied for 15th in wins, 24th in innings pitched and 27th in strikeouts per game.