GUILFORD STUDENT-ATHLETES OF THE WEEK: Feb. 18-25
FOREST, Va. – Guilford College's softball team collected both of the Old Dominion Athletic Conference's (ODAC) weekly honors, the league office announced Monday. Senior Sarah Cutright was named the league's hitter of the week and freshman Casey Snead collected the loop's pitcher of the week. The pair also shared the Guilford Student-Athlete of the Week Award, presented by the school's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.
Cutright started her senior season off with seven hits in her first nine at bats in the Quakers' 4-0 week for a team-leading .779 batting average. She reached base safely in her first eight plate appearances of the season and knocked in five runs last week. The catcher matched her career high with three hits in the Feb. 20 opener versus William Peace University and homered in the nightcap of Guilford's sweep. Cutright hit a three-run double in Guilford's opening-game win over Gwynedd-Mercy College Feb. 24. She had two more hits, including her third double of the year, in the nightcap win over the Griffins.
Snead earned a save in Guilford's 4-3 game-two win over William Peace Feb. 20. She entered her first college game with two outs and the bases loaded in the fifth inning and struck out her first batter to escape the jam. The right-hander fanned a school-record 16 batters in her first college start Feb. 24 versus Gwynedd-Mercy. Snead broke the previous mark of 15 set by Jessica Burcham '13 in 2011. Snead struck out the side in three different innings and did not allow a base runner past second base after the first inning.
Coach Dennis Shores' team is off to a 4-0 start entering Wednesday's scheduled doubleheader at Greensboro College. The Quakers host Averett University Saturday (3/2) at 1:00 p.m.
The Student-Athlete of the Week Award is presented by Guilford's Student Athlete Advisory Committee, which is comprised of representatives from each of the school's 20 varsity teams. The group meets regularly to discuss the state of Guilford Athletics and seeks to build community among the school's student-athletes and non-student-athletes. Recent Guilford SAAC activities include a canned-food drive and participation in Champs Life Skills, which promotes intercollegiate athletics as a key part of the campus educational program and the student-athlete as an integral part of the student body. Its aim is to increase student-athletes' community involvement and to engage the greater Guilford community with the athletic department.