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Notre Dame’s Karley Wester and Georgia Tech’s Kylie Kleinschmidt earn recognition
GREENSBORO, N.C. (theACC.com) – Notre Dame outfielder Karley Wester has been named this week’s Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Week, while Georgia Tech’s Kylie Kleinschmidt earned ACC Pitcher of the Week honors.
Georgia Tech’s Kleinschmidt (4-0) picked up her third and fourth victrories of the season this past weekend, as she pitched two complete games, including her second career complete game shutout against Bowling Green State. Against the Falcons, Kleinschmidt struck out a career-high 12 batters (her previous high was nine) including the first eight of 11 batters. She allowed just six hits in 59 batters and one unearned run for a 0.00 ERA on the weekend. On the season, Kleinschmidt owns a 0.25 ERA and has allowed just one earned run in 28.0 innings pitched with 31 strikeouts. She’s holding opponents to a .163 batting average and held last weekend’s opponents to a .125 batting clip.
Wester helped lead the Notre Dame offense to a .448 team batting average, 26 total runs and 39 total hits in three games this past weekend at the Jacksonville University Tournament, which included two wins over No. 23/25 Louisville. In just her second career collegiate tournament, the freshman left fielder batted .556 with a team-high five hits, seven RBI, two stolen bases and three runs, to go along with a.583 on-base percentage. The Huntington Beach, Calif., native also made six put outs in left field during the weekend, including a pair of diving grabs to rob opponents of extra base hits. The left-handed hitter singled up the middle in game one against Louisville with the bases loaded in the bottom of the fourth inning, tying the game at 3-3 as part of Notre Dame’s four-run inning and comeback win. She also reached base twice by way of walks, and added a stolen base. Wester went a perfect 2-for-2 against host Jacksonville in the second game Saturday, adding two more RBI, a stolen base and a run scored against the Dolphins. A 2-for-5 day with two additional runs batted in keyed Notre Dame’s second straight upset of nationally-ranked Louisville on Sunday.