WEST LONG BRANCH, N.J. – Monmouth University softball players Kayleena Flores (Atwater, Calif./Buhach Colony) and Sydney Underhill (Temecula, Calif./Chaparral) have been honored by the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference as Player and Rookie of the Week, respectively, the conference office today announced. Flores hit .500 (8-for-16) with several big hits, while Underhill earned all four wins of the Hawks’ wins in the circle.
In hitting .500, Flores had three doubles, two triples, eight RBI’s and five runs scored in the Hawks 4-2 week. She began the week with a 2-for-2 effort with a double, a triple, a sacrifice fly, three RBI’s and a run scored in Game 1 against preseason MAAC favorite Marist on Thursday. Flores drove in the Hawks’ first three runs of the game on a sacrifice fly and a two-run double, before scoring the go-ahead run after tripling to lead off the sixth. Flores then doubled in a 1-for-2 effort in Game 2 against Marist. On the day against Saint Peter’s on Saturday, Flores went 2-for-5 with three runs scored and an RBI as the Hawks swept the Hourglass Rivalry doubleheader. Included in the effort was an infield single that drove in the game-winning run in the bottom of the sixth. Flores wrapped up the productive week with three hits, including a bases-clearing triple, and four RBI’s at Quinnipiac. For the week, she posted a .550 on-base percentage and a .938 slugging percentage. For the season, Flores is now hitting .322 with a team-high four triples.
Underhill earned all four wins in the circle for the Hawks this week, posting a 3.39 ERA and 26 strikeouts in 33.0 innings pitched. She began the week with a season-high 13 strikeouts in a victory over preseason MAAC favorite Marist on Thursday. On the day, she struck out 16 Red Foxes, including three more in 2.1 innings of Game 2 relief duty. Underhill then hurled a complete-game, six-hit shutout in Game 1 against Saint Peter’s, striking out four. She then picked up another win against the Peacocks in Game 2. Underhill moved to 4-0 on the week with 3.1 innings of two-hit ball at Quinnipiac. She pitched the first three innings before being removed with the Hawks in possession of a 14-0 lead. After the Bobcats scored four runs, Underhill came back in to record the final out of the 14-4 victory. Her lone loss of the week came in a come-from-behind effort by Quinnipiac in Sunday’s Game 2. For the season, Underhill is now 11-11 with a 3.66 ERA and 83 strikeouts.
The Hawks return to action Wednesday when they play host to Pennsylvania. First pitch of the single game is scheduled for 3:30 p.m.