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April 1st, 2008
Ragan Blake wins Pitcher of the Week for sixth time

By Jared Florreich
Director Of Media Services
The Southland Conference

Southland Conference Announces Softball Players Of The Week

FRISCO, Texas – After hitting over .800 in six games last week, McNeese State’s Jenny Clay was named SLC Hitter of the Week, while Texas State’s Ragan Blake earns SLC Pitcher of the Week honors after posting a 2-0 record, including a road win over No. 18 Baylor, last week. Clay wins her second career honor, first winning the award on May 7, 2007, while Blake wins the honor for the sixth time of her career.

Hitter of the Week:

Jenny Clay, McNeese State – Sr., C/DP, Arnaudville, La.

Clay helped the Cowgirls to a 5-1 record on the week and picked up two Southland Conference series victories with wins over Sam Houston State and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi to improve to 8-7 in league play. For the week, Clay produced a .824 batting average with 14 hits in 17 at bats, six doubles, one triple and three home runs.  She also had nine RBI and scored seven runs. In the Cowgirls final game of the series against Texas A&M-CC, Clay missed hitting for the cycle by a home run.

Honorable Mention:  McKenzie Baack, Texas State, Audrey Wood, Nicholls State, Leanne Risberg, UTSA, Allyson McCubbins, Southeastern La.

Pitcher of the Week:

Ragan Blake, Texas State -Sr., P, Houston, Texas

Blake picked up a pair of nonconference wins on the week, beginning with a complete game victory at No. 18 Baylor. Blake allowed only one earned run to the Bears on seven hits, striking out two and walking three. She then threw another complete game win over New Mexico, holding an offense that had scored 15 runs the previous day against UTSA to three runs on five hits. She also struck out seven Lobos, raising her total on the year to 125 punch outs.

Honorable Mention:  Amanda Nikolenko, UTSA, Rachel Ray, Southeastern La., Lauren Luetge, Stephen F. Austin, Krystalin Ensminger, Nicholls State.

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