Brittany Tucker and Elena Crabtree were named the Southland Conference Hitter and Pitcher of the Week on Monday afternoon after a vote by the league Sports Information Directors. The pair of Texas A&M-Corpus Christi softball players helped lead their team to its first ever appearance in the Southland Conference Tournament starting this Thursday.
Tucker powered hit three home runs and six RBI in the series against Southeastern Louisiana over the weekend. Two of Tucker's home runs came in the third game with the Islanders in a must-win situation. Down three runs with just two outs left in the game for the Islanders, she hit a three-run home run over the right field wall to knot the game at 7-7. In the top of the ninth Tucker hit the first pitch she saw over the left field fence to give the Islanders an eventual 8-7 victory. The home runs brought her to 11 on the season and set a new single-season school record.
Crabtree came into all three games in relief this weekend against the Lady Lions and picked up all three wins as the Islanders swept SELA to earn the school's first appearance in the Southland Conference Tournament. She allowed just four earned runs all weekend out of six total and had a 1.83 ERA while striking out four batters.
The team is on a tear and has won its last five games entering the league tournament. They will face off against McNeese State in the opening game of the tournament on Thursday at 11 AM. The Islanders have play the Cowgirls five times this season, going 4-1 against them including taking 2-of-3 on the road in Lake Charles, La. during the conference weekend.