NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – Dayton’s Jordan Jennings and Saint Louis’ Brianna Lore have been named the Atlantic 10 Conference Softball Co-Players of the Week for games played April 28-May 4. George Mason’s Anna Blessing was named the Pitcher of the Week while Dayton’s Gabrielle Snyder and Saint Louis’ Alex Nickel were honored as Co-Rookies of the Week.
Jennings, a senior from Flower Mound, Texas, batted 3-for-7 (.429) at the plate with two home runs, five RBI and four runs scored as the Flyers swept Fordham to secure a spot in this week’s Atlantic 10 Softball Championship. In the Flyers’ 10-inning, 10-9 win over the Rams, Jennings was 2-for-4 with a double, a two-run home run, three RBI and two runs scored. In the second game of the doubleheader, she added on another two-run home run in Dayton’s 7-3 win.
Lore, a sophomore from Sullivan, Mo., batted 5-for-11 (.455) for the week with a home run and seven RBI as the Billikens closed out the regular season and secured the No. 2 seed in the week’s championship. Against Bradley on Wednesday, Lore went 2-for-3 with a home run and four RBI. Lore followed up with another strong performance against La Salle on Saturday as she went a combined 3-for-8 at the plate with three RBI and two runs scored. Lore also posted a record of 3-0 from the circle last week to lead the Billikens.
Blessing, a senior from Ashburn, Va., was 1-0 last week for the Patriots allowing only one earned run on nine hits over 10.0 innings pitched against Massachusetts. She tossed a complete game shutout in a 5-0 game one victory in which she allowed only four base hits. In game two, she tossed three innings while allowing only one earned run.
Snyder made an impact for the Flyers last weekend both offensively and defensively. The freshman from Grapevine, Texas, made two pitching appearences over the weekend, earning both a win and a save against Fordham. She worked the final four innings of Dayton’s 10-inning victory over Fordham and closed out game two to pickup the save. The save marked Snyder’s fifth of the year, which tied a Dayton school record for saves in a season. Offensively, Snyder batted 5-for-7 (.714) with a home run, two RBI and four runs scored.
Nickel, a freshman from Steger, Ill., hit safely in every game for the Billikens as she went 6-for-10 for the week with a home run, three RBI and five runs scored. She recorded two multi-hit games and both scored and drove in a run in each game. Nickel finished the week with an on-base percentage of .615.