ATLANTA — After leading the No. 19 Berry College softball team to a perfect 4-0 record to start the year, Kassie Howard and Brittany Tuttle have swept the first Southern Athletic Association (SAA) softball Player of the Week awards of the season.
Howard, a senior pitcher from Alpharetta, Ga., opened the season against Covenant on Tuesday, tossing 3.0 innings in the win. She allowed no hits in her outing, collecting six strikeouts. She followed her performance on Friday, tossing a complete 5.0 innings as the Vikings bested Huntingdon 9-1. She allowed just two hits and no earned runs, fanning six. For the week, she pitched 8.0 innings, allowed just two hits, no earned runs, walked a pair and struck out 12. She is currently tied for the league-lead in ERA (0.00), wins (2) and strikeouts (12).
Tuttle, a senior outfielder from Snellville, Ga., started the week with a 3-for-3 outing against Covenant, scoring three runs and collecting three RBIs. Just a home run away from the cycle, she hit 1.000 with a 2.000 slugging percentage. In game two against the Scots, she went 3-for-4, scoring two runs and collected an RBI. Tuttle also collected three stolen bases during the Tuesday set. On Friday, she went 2-for-7 at the plate against Huntingdon, scoring a run and collecting an RBI. For the week, Tuttle hit .571 with a .786 slugging percentage, scoring six runs and five RBI. She is currently tied for the league-lead in runs scored (6) and hits (8). She was also selected as the Fastpitch News National Player of the Week.
Berry is back in action on Saturday at Emory.