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Kiihnl, Billington Lead Lipscomb to Weekly Award Sweep

Monday, April 25, 2011

MACON, Ga. – Lipscomb’s Whitney Kiihnl and Courtney Billington secured the Atlantic Sun Player of the Week awards with sweeps against Kennesaw State and Mercer this week. Kiihnl picked up two wins and a save against the Owls and Bears to pick up the Pitcher of the Week honor, while Billington posted two game-winning hits for Lipscomb to receive her first career A-Sun Player of the Week nod.

PLAYER OF THE WEEK:
Courtney Billington, Lipscomb (SS – Jr. – Mount Juliet, Tenn. – Biology)
  • First Career A-Sun Player of the Week award
  • Recorded game-winning hits against Kennesaw State and Mercer in back-to-back days
  • Notched game-winning home run against the Owls in a 1-0 victory
  • Edged the Bears with a RBI double to give the Lady Bisons the 1-0 advantage
  • Only Lipscomb player to post multi-hit games in both games against Mercer
OTHER NOMINEES:
  • Amanda Miller (SS, Campbell) – Had game-winning RBI in game two of ETSU doubleheader
  • McKenzie Woody (OF, Mercer) – Swiped five bases on the week while batting .450
  • Jessica Cross (DP/OF, Kennesaw State) – Hit two homers against Belmont in 9-0 win against Bruins
  • Emily Lanier (C, FGCU) – Batted .583 on the week which included a three-run homer at UNF
  • Kim Brasil (OF, USC Upstate) – Collected three RBI against the Camels on three hits
  • Kelley Cash (OF, Belmont) – Drove in one run, scored once and recorded three hits
PITCHER OF THE WEEK:
Whitney Kiihnl, Lipscomb (Jr. – Batesville, Miss. – Biology)
  • Ninth Career A-Sun Pitcher of the Week; third this year
  • Picked up two wins and a save in sweeps of Kennesaw State and Mercer
  • Fanned 23 batters in 14.2 innings pitched with a 0.00 ERA
  • Hurled a four-hit shutout against Kennesaw State in a 2-0 victory
  • Clinched the Lady Bisons either a one or two seed in A-Sun Championship
OTHER NOMINEES:
  • Katie Woodcock (Sr., Campbell) – Led Camels to two wins on the week against ETSU
  • Jessica Cross (Jr., Kennesaw State) – Allowed only one hit in 9-0 shutout of Belmont
  • Kari Chambers (Sr., Mercer) – Compiled a 0.30 ERA in five appearances to earn a 2-0 record with one save
  • Sarah Sigrest (Jr., Jacksonville) – Earned both wins against FGCU with 10 strikeouts
  • Catherine McDaniel (Sr., FGCU) – Pitched final games of her career with a shutout against Stetson and a save
  • Morgan Childers (Sr., USC Upstate) – Hurled a one-hit shutout against shutout against Campbell to clinch tourney spot