March 25, 2013

McMillan Named PBC Player, Poole Freshman of the Week

AUGUSTA, Ga. – University of North Georgia softball players Kim McMillan and Courtney Poole have been named the Peach Belt Conference's Player of the Week and Freshman of the Week the conference office announced Monday.

A sophomore transfer, McMillan claims her second straight weekly award after hitting .533 with an .800 slugging percentage in four conference games last week. The sophomore from Powder Springs, Ga. collected at least one hit in every game, with multiple hits in three of the four contests.

She went a combined 4-for-6 with a double and a home run in a split at Georgia College, then went 4-for-9 in a sweep at Francis Marion. McMillan scored three runs on the week, struck out only once in 15 at-bats and stole a base. The starting catcher in all four games, she made no errors in 27 chances.

For the season, McMillan leads the conference with 49 hits, a .445 batting average, .534 on-base percentage and a .882 slugging percentage and is also tied for the lead in the PBC with 33 RBI and 12 home runs.

A freshman pitcher, Poole gave up just one earned run in 18 innings pitched last week, going 2-0 with 20 strikeouts and a 0.39 ERA. 

She opened her week with a complete-game, two-hit shutout over Georgia College, striking out eight. She followed that up with 11 innings pitched in an extra-inning win over Francis Marion, giving up one earned run on four hits and striking out 12.

The PBC's leader in wins (17), she also leads the league in innings pitched (140.1) and complete games (19) and is third in the PBC in strikeouts (143) and sixth in opponent batting average (.193).