Southern Miss and East Carolina meet for a three-game Conference USA series this weekend.
Southern Miss hosts Arkansas-Pine Bluff in a nonconference doubleheader on Wednesday.
Southern Miss enters the weekend 4-2 in C-USA play, while FAU is 3-3 in the league.
Meaghen Nelson was named Conference USA Player of the Week for the first time in her career.
It is the fourth-straight year a Southern Miss player was named to the team.
Expected to provide leadership ... Solid skills ... Will see playing time at shortstop and second base ... Good arm ... Has a lot of range defensively ... Had a .240 batting average during the fall with six hits and a home run ... 2010 (Jr.): Played in all 53 games with 29 starts at shortstop and 23 at designated player ... Batted .317 to lead the team ... Shared the lead with 53 hits ... Tallied 13 doubles, one triple and seven home runs ... Led the team in RBI with 37 ... Scored 29 runs ... Named Conference USA Hitter of the Week (2/15) ... Had the game-winning double and RBI in the upset win over No. 19 Florida State to start the season ... Was 3-for-3 against Belmont (2/28) ... Hit her first home run against Indiana (2/27), giving USM a 5-2 lead ... Had two six-game hitting streaks (2/11-2/10) and (2/21-2/28) ... Was 2-for-4 against Houston-2 (3/13) with three RBI ... Went 2-for-4 against Nicholls State (3/24) ... Had two hits, two RBI and scored a run against Jackson State (3/31) ... Hit safely in 17 of her last 21 games ... Collected three hits in the Tulsa series including a double ... Had a bases clearing double against Marshall, tallying three RBI in game one ... Registered two doubles in game two against Marshall, scoring two runs and two RBI ... Belted four home runs including a grand slam against Northwestern State (5/5) and collected 10 RBI ... Had 10 multiple hit games and 10 multiple RBI games ... Named to the Conference USA All-Academic Team ... Community College: Attended Gulf Coast Community College where she played shortstop for Coach Susan Painter ... Earned 2009 Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division I First Team All-South Region honors ... Named third team All-American ... Helped her team finish 38-22, tying 12th at the NJCAA Nationals ... Led her team in batting with a .380 average ... Finished her sophomore campaign with a team-leading 71 hits, including 11 doubles, three triples and 12 home runs ... Tallied 45 runs batted in ... The home run mark ranked in the top 40 nationally ... Prep: A four-year letterwinner at Marianna High School for Coach Robyn Gauger ... Named the Athlete of the Year in 2007 ... Earned All Big Bend honors ... Also played in the FACA All-star game ... Lettered in volleyball for two seasons ... Travel Ball: Played travel ball for the Tallahassee Bullets Gold for Coach Dave Fannin ... Personal: Daughter of Danny and Bunnee Mathis ... Brother Jeff plays catcher for the Los Angeles Angels ... An interdisciplinary studies major.
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