Loving, a senior from Elizabethton, Tenn., hit safely in all six games played last week as the Wasps went 5-1 in ODAC play to improve to 9-5 in league play. Loving went 8-for-23 with a double, three homers, nine runs driven in, six runs scored, and four stolen bases as she registered a .348/.375/.783 slash line. Her first homer of the week proved the biggest and she belted a grand slam in Emory & Henry's 8-4 victory over Roanoke. Loving added a homer in both games of a sweep of Bridgewater, going 4-for-8 with four RBI and four runs scored in those two contests. For the season, Loving is hitting .397 with an ODAC-best nine homeruns and 78 total bases. She is third in triples (2), RBI (29) and slugging percentage (.709).
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Mikalia Guard, Bridgewater (So. - 3B)
Guard went 6-for-14 with two doubles, a homer, four RBI and three runs scores in six games last week. Her homer was a two-run blast in the Eagles 8-4 setback to Emory & Henry. She also walked three times on the week, helping her to a .500 OBP.
Savannah Jones, Eastern Mennonite (Fr. - OF/IF)
Jones went 6-for-11 as EMU went 3-1 versus ODAC teams. She smacked two doubles in an 8-2 win over Bridgewater, and went 3-or-5 with three RBI and three runs scored combined in a sweep of Sweet Briar.
Kayli Blankenship, Guilford (Fr. - OF)
Blankenship led GC to a sweep of Bridgewater by going 5-for-8 with a walk and two runs scored. She also stole two bases. She has now hit safely in her last five games.
Skylar Dickens, Lynchburg (Jr. - OF)
Dickens went 8-for-14 with a triple, two RBI, and five runs scored in the Hornets 3-1 week. She had three hits including a triple in a 3-1 win at Shenandoah, and followed with a second three-hit game in a 9-4 setback to 16th-ranked Randolph-Macon.
Kerstin Roth, Randolph-Macon (So. - UT)
Roth went 7-for-18 with a double, seven RBI, six runs scored, two walks and three stolen bases in R-MC's 3-3 week. She went a combined 4-for-8 with a double, walk, four RBI and three runs scored in a split at Lynchburg. She stole all three bases in a 9-0 victory over Methodist.
Cassetty Howerin, Virginia Wesleyan (Jr. - 1B)
Howerin went 4-for-10 with a homer and three RBI as VWC earned sweeps over Randolph-Macon and Roanoke. She cracked a two-run homer with a walk in a 4-1 win at R-MC. She walked twice and stole a base in a 4-0 victory in game one of that series.