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Notre Dame’s Brooks, UNC’s Lynch, Louisville’s Hensley honored
GREENSBORO, N.C. (theACC.com) – Notre Dame designated player Caitlyn Brooks has been named the final ACC Softball Player of the Week for the 2016 season, while North Carolina’s Kendra Lynch and Louisville’s Megan Hensley earned Pitcher of the Week honors.
Brooks batted .667 and slugged 1.444 while posting an on-base percentage of .750 as the Fighting Irish took two of three from NC State. The Burbank, California, freshman drove in seven runs in the three-game series while blasting four extra base hits –a home run and four doubles. Brooks played a key role in the series opener, going 3-for-4 at the plate while driving in five runs to spark Notre Dame from a six-run deficit to a 15-14 win. The five RBI are the most by a Fighting Irish batter in a single game this season. Brooks enters this week’s ACC Softball Championship as Notre Dame’s team leader in home runs with 11. She has added 12 doubles and 52 RBI in 47 games.
Lynch pitched every inning for the Tar Heels in a three-game sweep of Georgia Tech. The Indianapolis junior allowed just two earned runs over 21 innings for a 0.67 ERA. Lynch tossed a three-hit shutout in Saturday night’s 7-0 UNC win, facing just two batters over the minimum, then homered to back her own effort. She did not allow an earned run in Sunday’s series finale, giving up just four hits without a walk, while again helping her own cause with an RBI double and a home run. Lynch drove in more runs at the plate than she allowed on the week, slugging 1.300 with two doubles, two home runs and four RBIs at the plate. She moved into second place all time at UNC in single-season innings pitched and starts, third in appearances and fifth in wins.
Louisville’s Hensley did not allow a run in two appearances against No. 5 Florida State while holding the Seminoles to a .111 batting average, surrendering only two hits in 8.2 innings of work. The freshman from Ashland, Kentucky, pitched a complete-game, two-hit shutout to help the Cardinals to a 4-0 win in the series opener and did not allow a hit or a run in 1.2 innings of relief in Louisville’s 4-3 loss on Sunday. Hensley’s effort came against a Florida State team that ranks third in the nation in runs scored, averaging nearly eight per game. She now has a 2.23 ERA and a 15-4 overall record heading into postseason play.
Florida State holds the top seed for the 2016 ACC Softball Championship, set to begin Thursday, May 12, at NC State’s Dail Softball Stadium in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Daily tickets are available for $5 for adults and $3 for youth 18 and under, while tournament passes are available in advance of the tournament for $9. Students from an ACC school can enter for free with valid student identification. Tickets can be purchased online: http://theacc.co/sb16tix.
ACC fans will be able to watch all seven games of the championship as Thursday’s four quarterfinal games and Friday’s semifinal contests will be televised by the league’s Regional Sports Networks, and Saturday’s title game will be carried live on ESPN.