ESU Sweeps Softball Honors

By: From: ESU Sports Information
By: From: ESU Sports Information

March 27, 2007 -- The #6 Emporia State softball team swept the Worth/MIAA Player of the Week honors after going 6-0 last week. Courtney Reed earned her third straight weekly honor while Jessie Wiard picked up the award for the first time this season.

Wiard hit .588 (10-of-17) and scored seven runs for the sixth-ranked Hornets as they extended their winning streak to nine games. She was 2-for-3 with a walk and two stolen bases in a 7-0 win over Upper Iowa Friday (March 23), and followed up later in the day by going 3-for-4 with two runs scored in a 6-0 win over Concordia-St. Paul (Minn.). In ESU's come-from-behind, 5-2 win over St. Cloud (Minn.) State Saturday (March 24), Wiard singled and scored the tying run to spark a four-run top of the seventh. In a 9-2 win over Minnesota State-Mankato later that day, Wiard scored three runs -- reaching on a single and two booted sacrifice bunts. She also stole her 18th consecutive base without being caught, a streak dating back to the NCAA Division II Championship Tournament last spring. She ended the week with a 2-for-3 performance Sunday (March 25) against Upper Iowa, scoring ESU's first run of the game. Wiard, who saw her batting average for the season go up 65 points with her efforts, is a graduate of Prairie Village (Kan.)-Shawnee Mission East High School.

Reed was 4-0 with a 0.47 earned run average in four starts and 30 innings of work for the No. 6 Hornets last week. She began by posting a 10-inning complete-game win at No. 21 Nebraska-Omaha on Wednesday (March 21). She allowed six hits and one walk with eight strikeouts, as ESU claimed a 2-0 win. Reed extended her scoreless innings streak to 34 with a one-hitter over Concordia-St. Paul (Minn.) on Friday (March 23). She fanned 12 and walked one in a 6-0 victory. Her streak ended in the first inning of her next start against St. Cloud (Minn.) State on Saturday (March 24). After allowing another run in the second to the Huskies, Reed settled down to get the complete-game, 5-2 win with 12 strikeouts against five hits and two walks. Reed fanned 14 in six innings of one-hit scoreless work against Upper Iowa on Sunday (March 25), walking one before giving way to reliever Megan Grisell to complete the two-hit, 3-0 win.

The Hornets begin MIAA play on Wednesday as they play host to Pittsburg State. The doubleheader is scheduled to begin at 4 p.m. on Turnbull Field in the Trusler Sports Complex.

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