Fayetteville (SEC) - Two Ladyback softball players and one Razorback pitcher were recognized by the Southeastern Conference Monday.
Sophomore Drew Smyly was named the Pitcher of the Week. The lefthander from Little Rock held Kentucky to one run on four hits in seven innings on Saturday, striking out five. His 1.60 ERA is the lowest in the SEC.
Senior Miranda Dixon was named the SEC Player of the Week. The designated player led the Razorbacks in five offensive categories as Arkansas took two of three from the #8 Georgia Bulldogs. Dixon finished the three-game series with a .444 average, four hits, 4 RBIs, 7 total bases, a .778 slugging percentage and a .545 on-base percentage. In the Razorbacks, 3-2 extra inning win to open the series, Dixon combined with senior Sandra Smith to go 4-for-7 in the game with two RBIs. With Arkansas in front 7-5 in the sixth inning of the second game on Friday, Dixon's three-run home run extended the Razorback lead to 10-5 and allowed more breathing room for the pitching staff.
Dixon's teammate Hope McLemore was named the SEC Freshman of the Week. She led the Razorbacks to their first win over a ranked opponent this season and their first win over Georgia since 2006 with an eight-inning, complete-game performance to open the series Friday night. McLemore kept the Bulldog hitters off balance throughout the game and worked around 11 hits to surrender only two runs in eight innings. The freshman from Oklahoma walked only two and struck out 10. Despite taking the loss in Saturday's finale, McLemore finished the weekend with a 2.50 ERA and an 18:2 strikeout to walk ratio. Eclipsed the 100 strikeout (109) and 100 innings (108.1) pitched marks in 24 appearances this season.