March 31, 2014
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Senior catcher Mackenzie Sher was named Conference USA Softball Player of the Week as announced by the league office. Sher becomes the second player this season to earn the honor. It is the first time in the senior's career to earn Player of the Week accolades.
Earlier this season (March 17), Meaghen Nelson was tabbed C-USA Player of the week to become the first Southern Miss player since 2011 to earn the accolade. With Sher's honor, it is the first time since 2006 that the Golden Eagles have had multiple Player of the Week awards in the same season. (NOTE: Southern Miss had multiple Pitcher of the Week honors in 2010)
Sher helped Southern Miss to a 4-1 record on the week, including a C-USA series win against UTSA. The Bellaire, Texas native led the team with a .714, going 10-for-14 with two doubles, two home runs, five runs scored and six RBI. She boasted a team-best 1.286 slugging percentage and a team-high .706 on-base percentage. During the week, Sher led the team in hits, runs scored, doubles, home runs and total bases. She recorded base hits in all five games on the week, including multiple hits in four games.
Sher started the week against Arkansas-Pine Bluff, going 2-for-3 with two doubles and a RBI in game one. The senior went 1-for-2 with two runs scored, a three-run home run, a walk and a sacrifice fly in game two of the doubleheader against UAPB.
In conference play, Sher started the series against UTSA, going 2-for-3 with two runs scored and a hit by pitch, en route to an opening series victory. In game two against the Roadrunners, she finished 3-for-3 with a run scored, RBI and a home run - posting three of the Golden Eagles' four hits in the game. Sher concluded the series with a 2-for-3 performance at the plate.
In addition, Sher was perfect in the field in 34 total chances - 31 putouts, 3 assists and 0 errors.