Hot Bat Earns Fernandez A-Sun Player of the Week Honor
Monday, March 18, 2013 | by Andrew Piper (@ADPiper7)
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A Fernandez single down the right field line in the bottom of the seventh vs. Valpo gave FGCU an 11-10 walk off win on Wednesday, March 13. (Photo by Dennis Snyder)
A Fernandez single down the right field line in the bottom of the seventh vs. Valpo gave FGCU an 11-10 walk off win on Wednesday, March 13. (Photo by Dennis Snyder)

MACON, Ga. – With a three-game sweep of conference opponent Stetson in the rear view mirror, senior outfielder Mariah Fernandez (Cape Coral, Fla./North Fort Myers HS was named Atlantic Sun Player of the Week, the league announced Monday afternoon after having powered FGCU (20-9, 3-0 A-Sun) to a 5-0 week with wins over Maine and Valparaiso to go with the sweep of Stetson.

This marks the first time Fernandez has been named A-Sun Player of the Week in her career, with Fernandez having previously received a conference honor by being named to the Atlantic Sun All-Freshman team after the 2010 season.

The senior outfielder finished the week with a .529 batting average, eight RBI, 16 total bases and a slugging percentage of .941. Fernandez had the game-winning RBI in the bottom of the seventh against Valparaiso to give FGCU an 11-10 walk-off win on Wednesday, March 13. Five of Fernandez’s nine hits on the week went for extra bases with four being doubles and one being a home run.

A versatile outfielder whether it is in center field or in right field, Fernandez posted a perfect fielding percentage of 1.000 in five contests this week.

This marks the second time this season that FGCU has collected an A-Sun Player of the Week honor, with Chelsea Zgrabik (Venice, Fla./Venice HS) having picked up the first one on March 4.

The Green and Blue will play host to Iowa State on Tuesday, March 19 at 6 p.m. and Dartmouth, in a doubleheader, on Thursday, March 21 with the first game to begin at 4 p.m. The three games will close out an eight-game home stand for FGCU with the Eagles currently 5-0 through the first five games.

In-game Twitter updates (@FGCU_Softball), results and a recap from the day’s action will be available at www.FGCUATHLETICS.com.

2013 Atlantic Sun Softball Weekly Awards

Date

Player of the Week (School)

Pitcher of the Week (School)

Feb. 11

Maddison Kieffer (USC Upstate) 

Amanda Henderson (Kennesaw State)

Feb. 18

Jackie Baird (ETSU) 

Amanda Henderson (Kennesaw State)

Feb. 25

Shellie Robinson (USC Upstate) 

Meredith Owen (Stetson)

Mar. 4

Chelsea Zgrabik (FGCU) 

Kayla Goff (North Florida)

Mar. 11

Chrissy Morello (Stetson) 

Jamie Ujvari (USC Upstate)

Mar. 18

Mariah Fernandez (FGCU) 

Amanda Henderson (Kennesaw State)