Duff and Martin earn PBC softball honors

Georgia Southwestern took two of three weekly Peach Belt Conference softball awards as junior Lyndi Duff was named Player of the Week and sophomore Jessica Martin was the Pitcher of the Week for the week ending April 4.

Duff hit .667 with a 1.250 slugging percentage in four games last week to become the first GSW softball player to ever be named the Player of the Week. She cracked two home runs and drove in eight with three runs scored.

The junior from Box Springs was 6-for-7 in a doubleheader sweep at Albany State, hitting a grand slam in Game 2. She hit her second round-tripper as GSW earned a doubleheader split with Armstrong Atlantic in a 2-1 game.

Duff also stole two bases in two attempts over the week, drew three walks and did not strike out as GSW went 3-1. She is ranked in the PBC top 15 in hits, total bases and runs scored.

Martin earns PBC Pitcher of the Week honors after tossing 13 innings with a 0.00 ERA in two complete-game outings.

The sophomore from Canton began with a three-hit shutout at Albany State, striking out six. She then came away with the victory against Armstrong Atlantic after allowing one unearned run - in the seventh inning - on four hits with seven strikeouts.

For the week, Martin held batters to a .159 average and issued only two walks. She is currently 10th in the PBC in opponent batting average and 13th in earned run average.   

Martin becomes the second GSW pitcher this spring to receive the PBC weekly award. Tiffany Milstid earned the honor on March 1.  

The Lady Hurricanes are only the third school this season to have multiple winners in the weekly softball release. Awards are given for Player of the Week, Pitcher of the Week and Freshman of the Week.

GSW is back in action on Wednesday with a PBC doubleheader against Columbus State beginning at 5 p.m. at Lady 'Canes Field.

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