NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – Dayton’s Alysha Isaacson and George Mason’s Brooke Blankenship have been named the Atlantic 10 Conference Softball Co-Players of the Week for games played Mar. 24–30. Brianna Lore of Saint Louis was named Pitcher of the Week while Fordham’s Sydney Canessa was also honored as the Rookie of the Week.
Isaacson, a senior from Chula Vista, Calif., made five starts as the designated player and batted 10-for-16 (.625) with three multi-hit games for the Flyers. She went a combined three-for-six with three RBI in a doubleheader against IUPUI on Wednesday. Isaacson followed with a three-for-four performance against Wright State on Thursday in which she drove in and scored a run. Against La Salle, she was a perfect three-for-three in game one with an RBI and then one-for-three in game two with two RBI. For the week, she scored three runs and seven RBI with an on-base percentage of .647.
Blankenship, a junior from Glen Allen, Virginia, went four-for-nine (.444) at the plate with three home runs and 10 RBI for the week. In a doubleheader against Virginia, the Patriots combined for 32 runs to defeat the Cavaliers. Blankenship delivered a three-run home run in game one and followed with her second three-run home run of the day in game two. Blankenship would also go on to hit a two-run home run later in game two.
Lore, a sophomore from Sullivan, Mo., was 2-0 from the circle this week with an ERA of 0.00 over 17 innings pitched. Lore, who earned her second consecutive A-10 Pitcher of the Week honor, tossed her first collegiate no-hitter against Southern Illinois as the Billikens won 1-0. Lore would also pick up the victory against Rhode Island as she tossed seven innings, allowing two unearned runs on three hits while striking out seven. For the week, Lore posted a record of 2-0 over 17.0 innings pitched while allowing only six hits and four walks while striking out 15.
Canessa, a freshman from Wall, N.J., went four-for-five (.800) with a home run, a double, four runs scored, four RBI and a walk, leading the Rams to a pair of victories over Marist. After going two-for-three with a home run in game one, Canessa safely reached base in all three of her plate appearances in game two, finishing with an on-base percentage of .857 for the week.