Baseball, softball Players of the Week announced by TSWA


BASEBALL: Vanderbilt’s Paul, Maryville’s Joiner recognized with TSWA weekly accolades
– Vanderbilt’s Ethan Paul and Maryville College’s Samuel Joiner were named the Player and Pitcher of the Week, respectively, by the Tennessee Sports Writers Association for their efforts in contests from March 4-10.

Paul batted .389 (7-for-18) with four runs scored and 13 RBIs in five games for the Commodores. The Bellevue, Wash., native started the week with three hits and two runs scored along with five RBIs against Davidson, including a bases-clearing double and a two-run double.

The senior followed that with a 2-for-4 effort versus East Tennessee State with a run-scoring single and a two-run single. Paul posted a single and a sacrifice fly in the first of a three-game series against Illinois State and added another sac fly and an RBI groundout in the second game versus the Redbirds. He finished the series with a two-run homer.

He is batting .415 with six doubles, two homers, 22 RBIs and 11 runs scored through 17 contests this season.


Joiner posted a win and two saves, all in relief, for the Scots. The Sandersville, Ga., native picked up saves in both ends of a doubleheader versus Wittenberg University, posting a walk and a strikeout in a 6-4 victory in the first game and striking out two in one full inning of work in the second contest.

The senior righthander tossed 2.2 innings of relief in an 11-inning victory against Brevard College. He did not allow a hit, walked one and struck out two to post the victory. Joiner improved to 1-0 with three saves in 12.1 innings over nine appearances this season, giving up just three hits with five walks and 17 strikeouts.

February 19 – Lake Burris, Bryan College (Player); Trey Holland, University of the South (Pitcher)
March 1 – JJ Bleday, Vanderbilt (Player); Peyton Wigginton, Middle Tennessee (Pitcher)
March 6 – Aaron Antonini, Middle Tennessee (Player); Chase Douglas, Trevecca University (Pitcher)


SOFTBALL: Trevecca’s Odom, Maryville’s Smith selected for TSWA weekly honors
– Trevecca University’s MaKray Odom and Maryville College’s Katlyn Smith received Player and Pitcher of the Week accolades, respectively, from the Tennessee Sports Writers Association for their efforts in contests from March 4-10.

Odom batted .586 (13-for-22) with eight runs scored, nine stolen bases and two RBIs in six games for the Trojans. The Dickson, Tenn., native posted two hits with a run versus Gannon University and collected a two-run single and a stolen bases against Seton Hill.

The junior singled, walked, stole a base and scored a run against The College of Saint Rose and was 3-for-4 with three runs scored and two stolen bases versus Franklin Pierce. She finished the weekend with two more three-hit games, adding a walk, a run and one stolen base against Concordia University [MN] and stealing four bases with two runs scored versus Stonehill College.

Odom is batting .621 with two doubles, six RBIs and 26 runs scored in 17 games this season.


Smith posted two complete-game victories, allowing two runs on 10 hits with 18 strikeouts for the Scots. The Loganville, Ga., native struck out 14 and gave up one run on three hits in a 3-1 win against seventh-ranked Berry College. The sophomore righthander then allowed one run on seven hits with four strikeouts and no walks in a 2-1 victory versus Emory University.

Smith improved to 4-1 with a 1.65 ERA in 34.0 innings this season, giving up 26 hits with 13 walks and 39 strikeouts.

February 19 – Abby Fiessinger, Carson-Newman (Player); Brooklin Lee, Belmont (Pitcher)
March 1 – Kay Brokering, King University (Player); Morgan Rackel, Austin Peay (Pitcher)
March 6 – Danielle Liermann, Austin Peay (Player); Alyssa Arden, Tennessee Tech (Pitcher)