MACON, Ga. – After opening the 2014 season at the FGCU/Four Points by Sheraton Invitational this past weekend, junior Kelsey Carpenter (Oviedo, Fla./Hagerty High School) earned Atlantic Sun Player of the Week honors, as announced by the conference Monday afternoon. The accolade is Carpenter’s first of the season and second of her career.
Carpenter began her junior campaign with a two-run homerun in her first at bat in Friday’s game against Ole Miss and hit another two-run bomb in Friday evening’s game versus Georgetown. The left fielder’s offensive prowess was shown again in Sunday’s come-back victory over Liberty. She led the team with four hits in four at bats and crossed the plate each of the four times she reached base. Carpenter’s hits sparked an offensive surge in each inning that she approached the plate. Her singles in the first, third, fifth and seventh innings enabled the Eagles to produce six runs in those innings.
Through six games this weekend, Carpenter produced a batting average of .625 with 10 hits in 16 at bats. She hit three doubles and two homeruns and crossed the plate eight times. The junior led the team with six RBI and 19 total bases for a slugging percentage of 1.888 and went 1-for-1 in stolen base attempts. Defensively, Carpenter produced a perfect fielding percentage with six putouts in left field.
Carpenter’s offensive ability led the team to a 5-0-1 record at the FGCU/ Four Points Invitational for the best start in program history.
The Eagles will travel to Miami, Fla. next weekend for the FIU Invitational Friday, Feb. 14 through Sunday, Feb. 16. FGCU will face Wisconsin, FIU and Southern Georgia in five games over three days. The team will return to the FGCU Softball Complex the following weekend for the FGCU/Four Points by Sheraton Round Robin invitational which will feature North Dakota, Villanova, Arkansas, Harvard and Eastern Michigan.