WACO, Tx. (LSUA) The LSUA softball team took home both of the Red River Athletic Conference’s initial weekly awards for the 2019 season as Abbey McMillian was named the conference’s Pitcher of the Week with Emily Daniel taking home Player of the Week honors, the conference office announced on Tuesday.
McMillian, a sophomore pitcher from Many, La., couldn’t have given LSUA a better start from the circle than she did, throwing a five inning, complete game no-hitter in the Generals’ 8-0 run-rule, season-opening win over #20 Truett McConnell. The no-hitter was the first of McMillian’s LSUA career. She followed that by giving up just one earned run in a LSUA’s 5-4 loss that closed out the LSUA Tournament. In the two games she played, McMillian struck out a combined four batters and while only walking two hitters in a combined 9.1 innings of work. The 2018 RRAC Freshaman of the Year, McMillian earned her first Pitcher of the Week award of the season and fifth of her career.
Daniel, a sophomore catcher from Shreveport, La., played in three of the four game this weekend, going five of six at the plate, and five other times drew bases on balls. She ended the weekend with three RBI and three runs scored, including a solo home run, the back half of back-to-back home runs, in the sixth inning of the second game against Central Baptist. Her patience at the plate allowed her to attain a .909 on base percentage during LSUA’s opening weekend of softball play.
McMillian, Daniel, and the rest of the Generals (2-2) head to Fort Worth for five tough games as part of the Cowtown Classic, which starts on Friday. LSUA’s first game of the Cowtown Classic is set for 10:00 A.M. on Friday as the Generals take on the Hastings Broncos, with other games Friday set against (RV) Ottawa Braves at noon and an 8:00 P.M. contest against the top-ranked team in the NAIA Preseason Coaches’ Poll, Oklahoma City. All games of the Cowtown Classic will be played at Gateway Park in Fort Worth.