Southeast Missouri swept the Ohio Valley Conference weekly softball honors for the first time in nine years Monday. Junior Rachel Anderson was named OVC Player of the Week and senior Haley Thogmartin was voted OVC Pitcher of the Week unanimously.
SEMO last swept the awards on Feb. 15, 2010 when Renee Kertz secured OVC Player of the Week and Whitney Dupuis took OVC Pitcher of the Week accolades.
A native of Edwardsville, Illinois, Anderson had another huge week leading SEMO to a 3-1 record. She hit .750 (9-for-12) with four runs scored, four doubles, two home runs and five RBI in four starts. Anderson also drew five walks and stole two bases. She boasted a 1.583 slugging percentage and .824 on-base percentage as well. Anderson went a perfect 5-for-5 with four runs, a double, two home runs, three walks, four RBI and two stolen bases in SEMO's doubleheader sweep of Eastern Kentucky (Apr. 1). She raised her batting average to .505 and is tied for second in the nation in that category.
Thogmartin, who hails from St. Louis, was outstanding in the circle going 2-0 with a save and a pair of complete game victories. She did not allow an earned run in three appearances and two starts. Thogmartin began the week going 1-0 with a save in the Redhawks doubleheader sweep of Eastern Kentucky (Apr. 1). She recorded a career-high 10 strikeouts to get the win in game one. Thogmartin then got the final out when EKU had the go-ahead run at the plate to nail down her second save of the season. Five days later, Thogmartin tossed another complete game victory with six strikeouts against SIU Edwardsville (Apr. 6). She is 12-3 with a 1.74 ERA this year.
Both Anderson and Thogmartin won their respective awards for the second time in 2019. The Redhawks will return home for a pair of doubleheaders this weekend. They’ll host Austin Peay this afternoon beginning at 2 p.m. for the Softball Green Up Games, in honor of National Donate Life Month of raise awareness for organ and tissue donation. Then on Sunday, SEMO will host Murray State for a doubleheader starting at 1 p.m., featuring a free tailgate.
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