ATLANTA - Brittany Tuttle and Kassie Howard have been named Players-of-the-Week at their respective positions by the Southern Athletic Association (SAA), the league office announced on Monday.
Tuttle earns Player-of-the-Week after leading the Vikings to a 4-0 start to the season. In the first contest, Tuttle was 2-for-4 at the plate, with four RBIs, three runs scored and two stolen bases in the win. Her two-run homer in the top of the second inning also gave Berry the 3-2 lead, opening up scoring for the Vikings. In game two, Tuttle was a perfect 3-for-3 at the plate, scoring two runs and adding another two stolen bases in the contest.
On Sunday, Berry remained undefeated, sweeping Piedmont College 5-2 and 8-0. Tuttle hit 2-for-3 at the plate in the first game, scoring one run and adding three more stolen bases. She finished the week hitting 2-for-2 in the second game against the Lions, scoring twice in the outing. On the week, Tuttle was 9-for-12 at the plate, hitting a team-high .750. She added one homerun, knocked in four RBIs, scored eight times and stole seven bases. She also posted a .769 on base percentage, as well as 1.000 slugging percentage. Defensively, she posted a 1.000 fielding percentage in center field for the Vikings. Tuttle currently tops the conference in batting average, home runs and stolen bases as well.
Howard earns Pitcher-of-the-Week after earning two wins on the mound. She opened up the season for the Vikings in their first game of the year against the Hawks of Huntingdon College. Throwing five innings in the outing, Howard allowed only two hits and one earned run, adding seven strikeouts in the 14-3 victory.
Howard then earned her second win of the year on the mound for Berry against the Piedmont College Lions on Sunday afternoon. Howard threw six innings in the contest, allowing only three hits and no earned runs, while striking out five in the 5-2 victory. On the weekend, Howard posted a 0.64 ERA, striking out 12 in her 11 innings of work.
She allowed a mere five hits and three runs, holding her opponents to a .156 batting average. Howard is currently tied for first in the conference in wins on the year. She also ranks third in both ERA and strikeouts.
The Vikings are back in action on Friday when they will host No. 7 Texas Lutheran University.