Holifield Tabbed C-USA Player of the Week
HATTIESBURG, Miss. -- Southern Miss softball's Lauren Holifield was named Conference USA Player of the Week on March 14 for her efforts on the diamond. The junior transfer helped the Golden Eagles to a 2-2 record, defeating Southeastern Louisiana (W, 8-2) and Middle Tennessee (W, 12-6) with a pair of one-run road losses to Middle Tennessee (L, 6-5; L, 3-2).
Holifield becomes the first Golden Eagle player this season to earn C-USA Player of the Week honors and the first player in the Wendy Hogue Era to earn the accolade. The honor marks the 25th time since Southern Miss joined Conference USA in 2000 that a Golden Eagle has been named Player of the Week. The Columbus, Miss. native is the first player since Mackenzie Sher (2011-14) earned the distinction on March 31, 2014 to be recognized by the conference for a weekly award.
Holifield played and started all four games for Southern Miss on the week at shortstop, reaching base safely in all four games, recording hits in three games with multiple hits in two games. She batted .385 on the week, going 5-for-13 with three home runs, a triple, four runs scored, and nine RBI. Holifield also drew a walk for an on-base percentage of .429, while slugging a team-best 1.231. She did not strikeout during the week.
The junior started the week with a walk in a win against Southeastern Louisiana. Holifield opened up Conference USA play, going 2-for-3 with a home run, a run scored and three RBI in the series opener against Middle Tennessee. She went 2-for-4 with two home runs, three runs scored and five RBI, powering the Golden Eagles to a 12-6 win over the Blue Raiders. In the series finale, Holifield went 1-for-4 with a triple and a RBI.
Defensively, Holifield was perfect in the field in nine attempts.
Southern Miss returns to action on Wednesday, March 16 as the Golden Eagles play host to South Alabama. First pitch is slated for 6:00 p.m. Live stats, live audio, live video, and in-game tweets (@SouthernMissSB) will be available throughout the game.