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Meanwhile, the Bearkats (8-12) next see game action when they begin league play, hosting Northwestern State for three weekend games starting Friday at 4 p.m. Honorable Mention: Kaitlyn Huseman, Abilene Christian; Libby Morris, Central Arkansas Softball Pitcher of the Week – Lindsey McLeod, Sam Houston State – Sr. – Austin, TexasMcLeod was dealing in the circle, helping the Bearkats to a 3-1 record at the Blues City Classic. Brockway smashed three home runs to help the Huskies reel off three-straight wins. The week started with a loss against Texas on Wednesday, before HBU topped Jackson State 5-3 on Friday, Samford 6-2 on Saturday, and Evansville on Sunday, also by a 6-2 margin. The victories all came during the Samford Tournament in Birmingham, Ala. McLeod threw a perfect game against UT Martin en route to two winning decisions to catapult the Bearkats to a 3-1 mark at the Blues City Classic tournament in Memphis, Tenn. Following Friday’s perfecto and 8-0 win over the Skyhawks, SHSU dropped a 5-3 decision to Memphis in the nightcap. They bounced back Saturday to top Loyola-Chicago twice, the first a 4-3 extra-inning thriller, and then a 5-3 decision to close the tournament. The Huskies (8-6) when they host UTSA at 3 p.m. CT Wednesday at Husky Field before traveling to Corpus Christi for three games against the Islanders on Friday and Saturday to commence Southland action. Softball Hitter of the Week – Caitlyn Brockway, Houston Baptist – DH – Fr. – Tomball, TexasThe freshman began her weekend with a 3-for-4 effort in Friday’s tournament opener, plating two RBI and scoring a run. Brockway again went 3-for-4 Saturday, this time against host Samford, hitting a pair of round-trippers that gave her three RBI and two runs scored. In the nightcap Saturday, the Tomball, Texas, product’s lone hit was a homer that added two RBI and a run scored to her stat line. Her total numbers at the plate last week: Seven hits, seven RBI in 13 at-bats. Her exploits have fueled the Huskies’ auspicious start that includes eight wins – one away from their season total in 2018. FRISCO, Texas – Houston Baptist designated hitter Caitlyn Brockway and Sam Houston hurler Lindsey McLeod are the Southland Conference Softball Players of the Week, the league announced Tuesday. Southland Conference Players of the Week are presented by MidSouth Bank. The highlight of the weekend came in the tournament opener Friday when she threw the first SHSU perfect game since 2009 against UT Martin. McLeod needed just 63 pitches to retire 15 hitters in five innings of work – 10 of which came via strikeout. It was her 14th career game with at least 10 strikeouts and she had at least two punchouts in four of the game’s five frames. One day later she entered with two outs in the third inning and proceeded to pitch 6.2 scoreless innings, giving the Bearkats’ offense the chance to stage a comeback that ended in a 4-3 win in nine innings over Loyola-Chicago. She struck out eight more hitters, with her weekend total giving her 507 for her career, leaving McLeod just 21 punchouts shy of tying the SHSU career strikeouts record (528). Honorable Mention: Amber Coon, McNeese; Megan Landry, Nicholls Southland weekly award winners are nominated and voted upon by each school’s sports information director. Voting for one’s own athlete is not permitted. To earn honorable mention, a student-athlete must appear on at least 25 percent of ballots. The senior from Austin picked up the win in both games she pitched in, doing so in dominant fashion. Over the two contests, McLeod fanned 18 and walked just one in 11.2 frames, allowing just two hits and throwing only 137 pitches total. Brockway’s selection is the first for Houston Baptist softball in 2019 and McLeod’s honor is the first for Sam Houston this season.