Senior Brianna Hesson was named SEC Player of the Week on Monday.
March 28, 2011
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. --- Senior Brianna Hesson and freshman Morgan Montemayor were recognized as weekly Southeastern Conference award winners for softball on Monday according to an announcement from the league.
Hesson, a native of Sugar Hill, Ga., was named the SEC player of the Week while Montemayor, a native of Phoenix, Ariz., was named the SEC Freshman of the Week.
This marks the first SEC weekly award of Hesson's career, and it is the second time this season that the Bulldogs have had a player named SEC Player of the Week. Senior Megan Wiggins earned the honor on Feb. 28. For Montemayor, it is the second time she has been named SEC Freshman of the Week having first earned the honor on March 14.
Hesson and Montemayor helped the Bulldogs go 4-0 last week with a win over USC Upstate at Jack Tuner Softball Stadium before going on the road and sweeping the second-ranked Florida Gators, 10-7, 13-5 and 5-1. It marked the first series win over UF for UGA since 2006.
Hesson batted .500 with a team-best six runs scored, 10 RBI and five extra-base hits on the week including tying for the team lead with three home runs while also slugging 1.188. Eight of Hesson's 10 RBI came in Georgia's sweep over Florida, and all eight came with two outs as she led a Bulldog squad that scored 20-of-28 runs with two outs in the series.
In game one of the series with Gators, Hesson drove in Georgia's first run on a two-out single, and in the seventh, Hesson hit a two-out, three-run home run that proved to be the difference in the 10-7 victory. In game two at UF, she hit another two-out, three-run home run in the fourth that also proved to provide the Bulldogs with the enough runs as it gave Georgia six runs en route to winning 13-5. Both of the three-run home runs followed walks to fellow senior Alisa Goler including an intentional walk to face Hesson in game one. In the series finale, Hesson once again drove in Georgia's first run with two outs in the first.
Hesson, Georgia's everyday first base man for the first three years of her career and the better half of her senior season has transitioned to right field. Last week's games were just the fifth through eighth appearances for Hesson at the position as she began playing there at South Carolina on March 16.
Montemayor made three appearances at second-ranked Florida earning the win in each outing while compiling a 2.80 ERA and striking out 12. In game one against the Gators, Montemayor tossed 2.0 innings of scoreless relief allowing just one hit. In game two, she went six innings holding the high-powered Florida offense to five runs while striking out six. In the series finale, Montemayor had her best outing of the weekend by tossing a complete game surrendering just one run on three hits and no walks while striking out another six.
On the season, Montemayor now has pitched complete game victories over a No. 1 ranked Arizona squad and a No. 2 ranked Florida team.
Hesson, Montemayor and the Bulldogs (27-4) return to action with five home games this week beginning with an in-state showdown against Georgia Tech (28-5) on Wednesday. First pitch at Jack Turner Stadium is scheduled for 6:30 p.m.