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May 10, 2011
GREENSBORO, N.C. - Boston College freshman Tory Speer and Georgia Tech junior Kelsi Weseman have been selected to share Atlantic Coast Conference Softball Player of the Week honors, while North Carolina freshman Lori Spingola has been recognized as the league's Pitcher of the Week presented by Chevrolet for the period of May 2-8. Speer tallied a career-best seven RBI in the Eagles' win against Boston University, Weseman recorded three multi-RBI games as the Yellow Jackets won their series versus Florida State and Spingola picked up a win and a save in the Tar Heels' series victory at Maryland.
An outfielder from Trabuco Canyon, Calif., Speer went 3-for-3 at the plate, hitting two home runs and tallying a career-best seven RBI as Boston College topped Boston University, 10-3. She recorded the second multi-home run game of the season. In her first at-bat, Speer sent a shot to straightaway center, plating three runs, while also setting the program's freshman home run record. When BU pulled within one, Speer hit her second home run of the game, bringing in three more runs to widen the Eagles' lead. She capped BC's scoring with a single in the sixth inning.
Weseman hit .700 for the week, including two home runs, two doubles and a triple as Georgia Tech took two of three against Florida State. The shortstop from Hutto, Texas, opened the series by going 3-for-3 at the plate in the first game of the doubleheader Saturday with a triple and a home run, driving in five runs. The Yellow Jackets prevailed 11-3 in five innings. She followed that performance by going 3-for-4 in the second game with two doubles and two RBI as Georgia Tech won 7-2. Weseman recorded at least one hit and two RBI in all three games of the series. She now ranks third in Georgia Tech's single-season records with 21 home runs, while her 64 RBI are good for fourth. Her career numbers of 42 home runs and 164 RBI rank fifth and fourth, respectively, in school history.
A right-handed pitcher from Atlanta, Ga., Spingola pitched a complete game shutout and picked up a save as North Carolina took two of three at Maryland. In her first appearance Saturday, Spingola surrendered four hits, of which none went for extra bases, and struck out eight en route to a complete game shutout as the Tar Heels prevailed 2-0. She pitched 5.2 innings in the second game, allowing no earned runs and fanning four batters. North Carolina went on to win 6-5 and claim the series victory. Spingola finished the week with a 0.79 ERA and 15 strikeouts.
ACC softball action continues Friday, May 13 through Sunday, May 15 as all eight league teams compete at the 2011 ACC Softball Championship at Mewborn Field on the campus of Georgia Tech in Atlanta, Ga. The second-seeded Tar Heels and seventh-seeded Eagles face off Friday at 2:30 p.m., followed by the top-seeded Yellow Jackets taking on eighth-seeded Virginia at 5 p.m. Games on Friday and Saturday will be available via web-stream on The ACC Network on theACC.com, while Sunday's championship game will be televised on the league's regional sports network. Live statistics will be available throughout the weekend at the official championship website, http://www.theacc.com/championships/11-softball-championship.html.