NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – La Salle’s Mackenzie Obert and Rhode Island’s Kylie Shivery were named the Atlantic 10 Co-Softball Players of the Week while, Fordham’s Madison Aughinbaugh earned Pitcher of the Week. Also honored was George Mason’s Bekah Ansbro who was named Rookie of the Week. The awards were based off performances from games held Mar. 27-April 2.
Obert, a senior from Fairless Hills, Pa., had three home runs and six RBI as La Salle took two of three games at St. Bonaventure after a midweek tilt at Villanova. The infielder had a 1.333 slugging percentage, hit .500 (6-for-12) through four games and scored five runs. Two of her three home runs came in Sunday’s doubleheader against the Bonnies, where she also tallied four of her six RBI.
Shivery batted .667 (6-for-9) with a home run, a double, four runs batted in and four runs scored to lead Rhode Island to a three-game sweep of Saint Louis over the weekend. For the week, she had a .727 on-base percentage, reaching base safely eight times in 11 plate appearances, and she had a 1.111 slugging percentage. The junior shortstop hit a walk-off three-run home run in the last game of the series. In that game alone, she was 4-for-4 with two runs scored. The Newark, Del., product also had a perfect fielding percentage in three games, handling 10 chances cleanly. Shivery led the Rams to their first three-game winning streak in A-10 play in 11 years.
Aughinbaugh made two starts and two appearances in relief, picking up three wins for the week. Against Stony Brook on Wednesday, the freshman started and tossed two perfect frames, notching one strikeout, before making way for Taylor Stocks as the Rams had jumped out to a big lead. Aughinbaugh came on in relief later in the afternoon against Seton Hall, picking up the win by allowing just three hits in three innings, also tallying one strikeout. The freshman appeared in both games of Sunday’s doubleheader against A-10 foe Saint Joseph’s. She was excellent in a game one start, hurling six two-hit innings with one walk allowed and six strikeouts. Game two went into extra innings and Aughinbaugh earned the win, coming on in the seventh inning in relief of Lauren Quense. For the week, Aughinbaugh allowed just one run on eight hits and one walk in 15.0 innings, striking out nine. She tallied a 0.47 ERA for the week and is now 9-3 on the year with a 2.21 ERA.
Ansbro, a freshman from Woodstock, Va., picked up her first intercollegiate win on Saturday after pitching the majority of Mason's 6-5 extra-inning win at Dayton, which allowed the Patriots to sweep day one of the series against the Flyers. In 5.0 innings, Ansbro struck out six batters and gave up only one run. She pitched 2.0 innings in Sunday's series finale and was the only Mason pitcher to not give up a run in the loss. Ansbro completed the weekend with 1.00 ERA.