Bri Anna Hope wins C-USA Hitter of the Week|
March 4, 2013
HUNTINGTON, W.Va.- Senior Bri Anna Hope has won Conference USA Hitter of the Week after a stellar performance in this past week’s games against Drexel, UNC Greensboro, Buffalo and Robert Morris. Hope is the first Marshall softball player to win this honor in the 2013 season, and it is her first time winning a C-USA honor.
“It feels great,” says the senior second baseman about being awarded C-USA Hitter of the Week. “I have so many emotions running through me. I feel happy, excited and all types of emotions. It gives me a boost for this weekend coming for Tulsa, not just me, but for my team.”
Hope began her dominant week in the last day of the Spartan Classic in Greensboro, N.C. in the matchup between Drexel and Marshall. She went 1-for-1 with a walk, hit-by-pitch and a run in the close 4-3 loss.
In the second game on Monday, Feb. 25, Hope delivered a home run in the top of the third inning against UNC Greensboro. The run ultimately proved to be the game-winning run as the Herd defeated the host team 4-3.
Hope’s hot streak continued as the Herd hosted the Marshall Invitational over the weekend in its 2013 home opener. In the Herd’s first game of a double header against Robert Morris on Saturday, Hope hit a grand slam in the second inning to propel Marshall to an early 6-1 lead. Later in the game, Hope connected for an RBI single, which allowed the Herd to end the game early via the mercy rule, as she drove in Kaelynn Greene to secure the necessary eight-run advantage.
In game two, Hope came through with a two-out, walk-off hit to secure the come-from-behind victory for the Herd in the bottom of the seventh inning for a 4-3 victory.
“In the home opener and last at bat (in both games), coach told me, ‘Bri just go up there. You’ve been hot. You’ve been hitting the ball well, just go up there and hit the ball.’ And I had two walk-off hits.”
In the Herd’s 5-1 week, Hope went 8-for-17 with eight RBI’s and a 1.059 slugging percentage. She scored six runs, hit two doubles, a triple and two home runs within the six-game span.