Emory University senior outfielder Ally Kersthold (San Luis Obispo, CA) and classmate Amanda Kardys (Union, NJ) have been selected by the University Athletic Association as the Hitter and Pitcher of the Week, respectively, following their performances at the 3N2 Elite Event. It is the first time in Kersthold's career that she has been tabbed for the honor and the second occasion for Kardys.
Kersthold hit a team-high .667 and topped the squad with eight RBIs as the No. 12-ranked Eagles posted two wins over both Greensboro College and Eastern Mennonite University. Kersthold collected six hits in nine plate appearances and scored a team-high tying six runs over the four games. She drew a team-high five walks and finished the weekend with a team-high .786 on-base percentage. On the first day of action, she went a combined 5-for-5 at the plate with seven RBIs. She led off the Greensboro contest with a triple and scored the team's first run, and later in the same inning knocked in a pair of runs with a single. She followed that effort with a 2-2 performance at the plate with four RBIs in an 11-3 decision vs. Eastern Mennonite. Her two-run single was a key blow in a five-run second inning and she came through with a two-run double the following frame that helped Emory cross the plate six times. In the final game of the weekend, she scored three runs, including the eventual game winner, and went 1-for-2 at the plate in a 9-3 verdict over Greensboro.
Amanda Kardys figured in all four of the Eagles' victories, tossing 19 of the 24 innings that the Emory circle corps compiled and finishing with an ERA of 0.73, allowing just two earned runs and striking out 11. On the final day of action, she tossed a complete game in a 7-2 verdict vs. Eastern Mennonite and followed that performance by pocketing another victory when she tossed three innings of scoreless relief, allowing two hits and fanning two. Kardys stands 7-0 on the year.
Emory returns to action this Saturday and Sunday (Feb. 22-23) when it plays two games against both Case Western Reserve University and Centre College.