Baseball, softball Player of the Week honors awarded by TSWA


BASEBALL: Bryan’s Scoggins, Tennessee’s Hunley garner TSWA accolades
– Bryan College’s David Scoggins and Tennessee’s Sean Hunley were named the Baseball Player and Pitcher of the Week, respectively, by the Tennessee Sports Writers Association on Tuesday for their performances for games March 12-18.

Scoggins collected six hits in eight official at-bats in a three-game series against St. Andrews University, posting two doubles, three home runs, 12 RBIs and seven runs scored. The Marietta, Ga., native hit a two-run homer, added a double and drove in five runs in the first game versus the Knights.

The sophomore registered a two-run homer in the second contest and doubled, homered, drove in five runs and scored twice in the final game of the series as well. Scoggins is batting .370 with three doubles, six home runs, 17 RBIs and 11 runs scored in 16 starts this season for Bryan.


Hunley tossed a complete-game shutout, scattering seven hits with no walks and three strikeouts in a 5-0 win versus Western Carolina. The Mt. Juliet, Tenn., native retired 12 of the first 14 batters of the game before a pair of singles in the fifth inning, but a line drive doubleplay erased the WCU threat.

Another twin-killing helped erase a baserunner in the eighth for Hunley, who extended his scoreless innings streak to 20.2. The righthander improved to 3-0 for the season with a 0.75 ERA this season with 12 strikeouts in 24.0 innings of work.

February 20 – Kyle Blackwell, Cumberland University (Player); Dillon Cate, Carson-Newman (Pitcher)
February 27 – Fernando Garcia, Bryan College (Player); Grant Boyd, King University (Pitcher)
March 6 – Sam Mang, Trevecca University (Player); Stephen Chamblee, Bryan College (Pitcher)
March 13 – Sam Mang, Trevecca University (Player); Will Neely, Tennessee (Pitcher)


SOFTBALL: Maryville’s Strambler, Cumberland’s Caplinger named TSWA award winners
– Maryville College’s Essence Strambler and Cumberland’s Kayley Caplinger were named the Softball Player and Pitcher of the Week, respectively, by the Tennessee Sports Writers Association on Tuesday for their performances for games March 12-18.

Strambler batted .471 (8-for-17) with two doubles, two home runs and 14 RBIs as well as six runs scored over six games for the Scots. The Freeport, Texas, native posted an RBI single and a three-run homer in the first of two games versus LaGrange College and added a double and a two-run shot in the second contest against the Panthers.

The sophomore outfielder drove in a run with a sacrifice fly and a groundout in the first game of a doubleheader at Covenant College and collected another sac fly and an RBI single in the second contest versus the Scots. Strambler posted a two-run single along with a double and three runs scored in the first of two games at Berea College and registered a sacrifice fly and an RBI single in the second contest against the Mountaineers.

Strambler is batting .449 with two doubles, five home runs, 28 RBIs and 17 runs scored in 22 games this season for Maryville.


Caplinger posted a 3-0 mark with a 0.39 ERA, scattering 14 hits over 18.0 innings while allowing just one run. The Auburntown, Tenn., native tossed five innings versus Bethel University, giving up one run on five hits with no walks and one strikeout.

The freshman righthander then pitched a four-hit shutout against Stillman College, striking out five while allowing four hits in a 2-0 victory. The next day she worked six scoreless frames versus the Tigers, giving up five hits with three walks and two strikeouts.

Caplinger holds a 9-1 mark with a 1.42 ERA in 11 starts covering 59.0 innings with 31 strikeouts and a .227 opponent batting average.

February 20 – Bailey Alexander, Trevecca University (Player); Lacie Rinus, Carson-Newman (Pitcher)
February 27 – Jocelyn De La Cruz, Middle Tennessee (Player); Caylan Arnold, Tennessee (Pitcher)
March 6 – Kyler Trosclair-Klatt, Memphis (Player); Caylan Arnold, Tennessee (Pitcher)
March 13 – Lexi Rouse, Belmont (Player); Molly Smith, Memphis (Pitcher)