Barnes Wins First Career A-Sun Softball Player of the Week Award
Monday, March 12, 2012 | by Justin Glover (@Jglove3)
Photo by Jim Dostie
Photo by Jim Dostie

FORT MYERS, Fla. – Due to her strong offensive performance this last week, FGCU softball sophomore Jessica Barnes (Winter Haven, Fla./Haines City) was the named the Atlantic Sun Player of the Week for the first-time in her career, as announced by the league office on Monday for the week of Mar. 6-11.

Barnes led the Eagles to a 5-1 record on the week with victories against BIG EAST foe Georgetown (W, 4-0), PAC-12 member Utah (W, 1-0), Colgate (W, 8-3), Stony Brook (W, 1-0) and a split against A-Sun opponent Kennesaw State.

With two multi-hit performances against Kennesaw State and Georgetown, the Winter Park, Fla., product also led the team with a .467 batting average, three doubles and a game-winning home run. Barnes had the game-winning solo home run against Stony Brook, who had their seven-game win streak snapped by the Eagles. Barnes also swiped five stolen bases and scored four runs in the six games last week.

Barnes capped off a great weekend at the leadoff spot by leading the team with a .867 slugging percentage, seven hits and five walks to set the tone for the Green and Blue last week.

FGCU returns to the field on Tuesday for a mid-week battle against Canisius and Nothern Illinois at 3:45 p.m. and 7:00 p.m., respectively, at the FGCU Softball Complex.

Live stats, box scores, Twitter updates (@FGCUEagles) and recaps for every FGCU contest are available at www.FGCUAthletics.com. 2012 A-Sun Softball Player and Pitcher of the Week

Player of the Week
Feb. 13 - Mariah Reynolds (UNF)
Feb. 20 – Kelsey Carpenter (FGCU)
Feb. 27 – Shellie Robinson (USC-Upstate)
Mar. 5 – McKenzie Woody (Mercer)
Mar. 12 – Jessica Barnes (FGCU)

Pitcher of the Week
Feb. 13 – Hannah Alexander (USC-Upstate)
Feb. 20 – Amanda Henderson (KSU)
Feb. 27 – Whitney Kiihnl (Lipscomb)
Mar. 5 – Sarah Sigrest (Jacksonville)
Mar. 12 – Whitney Kiihnl (Lipscomb)