Limestone's Butler and Smith Named Conference Carolinas Softball Players of the Week

HIGH POINT, N.C. – Limestone College's Audra Butler was named the Conference Carolinas Softball Player of the Week, while teammate Courtney Smith was tabbed the Conference Carolinas Softball Pitcher of the Week for games played Mar. 26 - Apr. 1, the Conference announced today.

Butler, a freshman from Cheraw, S.C., made the most of her three plate appearances for the Saints, as she registered a .667 average on two hits with four RBI to help lead the team to a 4-0 record last week. Butler would go hitless in her lone at bat in a 1-0 game one win over North Greenville, but would redeem herself with a two-run homer in a 5-0 game two win over the Crusaders. Butler would then be the hero in game one against King, as she laced a game-winning two-run double to earn the 2-0 win for Limestone.

This is Butler's first POTW honor and Limestone's sixth overall of the season.

A senior from Bluffton, S.C., Smith picked up her 13th and 14th wins of the season with a pair of complete game shutouts against North Greenville and King, respectively, last week. In a 1-0 victory over the Crusaders, Smith allowed four hits and struck out 10 in seven innings of work. Smith would post nearly identical numbers against the Tornado, again only allow four hits and striking out 10, but also issuing two walks in seven innings of action.

Smith ranks first in Conference Carolinas in wins (14) and ERA (.76), while ranking second in strikeouts (106), shutouts (6) and saves (1). This marks the third straight POTW honor for Smith and her fourth overall and Limestone's sixth overall of the season.


Also nominated for Softball Player of the Week: Anna Mixa (Belmont Abbey), Sarah Tucker (Lees-McRae), Ashton Pegram (Barton) & Hannah Riddle (King)

Also nominated for Softball Pitcher of the Week: Leslie Odom (King), Kara Cunningham (Lees-McRae), Ivorie Maltby (Belmont Abbey) & Amanda Coffrin (North Greenville)

2018 Softball Players of the Week

Week One (Feb. 6) - Jordan Blake (Barton)
Week Two (Feb. 13) - Taylor Koon (North Greenville)
Week Three (Feb. 20) - Kate Lee (North Greenville)
Week Four (Feb. 27) - Hannah Riddle (King)
Week Five (Mar. 6) - Jaelin Griffin (North Greenville)
Week Six (Mar. 13) - Jessica Onega (Barton)
Week Seven (Mar. 20) - Kay Brokering (King)
Week Eight (Mar. 27) - Ashley Parnell (Limestone)
Week Nine (Apr. 3) - Audra Butler (Limestone)

2018 Softball Pitchers of the Week
Week One (Feb. 6) - Morgan Hendrix (Erskine)
Week Two (Feb. 13) - Amanda Coffrin (North Greenville)
Week Three (Feb. 20) - Kara Cunningham (Lees-McRae)
Week Four (Feb. 27) - Amanda Coffrin (North Greenville)
Week Five (Mar. 6) - Courtney Smith (Limestone)
Week Six (Mar. 13) - Morgan Hendrix (Erskine)
Week Seven (Mar. 20) - Courtney Smith (Limestone)
Week Eight (Mar. 27) - Courtney Smith (Limestone)
Week Nine (Apr. 3) - Courtney Smith (Limestone)