Munson, Newton sweep SSAC weekly awards

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Libby Munson and Lakyn Newton

Libby Munson and Lakyn Newton

April 28, 2008

Rome, Ga. - In the final weekly Southern States Athletic Conference softball awards, Shorter College's Libby Munson and Lakyn Newton picked up both awards for Pitcher and Player of the Week. The awards come on the heel of Shorter's SSAC tournament title this weekend with a victory over Lee University.

Munson, a freshman from Suwanee, Ga., pitched in three of Shorter's four conference tournament games this week, pitching two complete game shutouts, and giving up only one run in 21 innings pitched. She struck out a week-high seven batters in Shorter's 1-0 victory over Brenau, and gave up her only run in the SSAC Championship game against Lee.

"Libby has been consistent all year for us," said head coach Melanie Carter. "Now in the postseason, she has continued to get better as our season has progressed. If she can finish the season as strong as she can finish a game, we're in good shape."

Newton, a senior from Greenville, Ala., batted a nearly perfect .889 on the week, going 8-for-9, with three runs, a double and three RBI. In the SSAC Championship game against Lee, she had three hits and two RBI in Shorter's 6-1 win.

"Lakyn stepped up and had a good tournament for us," added Carter. "She came out of a little slump she was having and came up big at the plate this week."

Shorter will have a week-long break before the Region XIII tournament in Orange Beach, Ala., on May 6-8.

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