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HBCU Round-Up: Softball Players of the Week: March 21

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Alcorn State outfielder Mariah Ortiz and Prairie View A&M pitcher Ashley Higgins have been recognized by the Southwestern Athletic Conference as Softball Players of the Week for their performance in contests from March 15-20.

Hitter of the Week
Mariah Ortiz
OF | 5’3 | Junior | Glendale, Ariz.

Ortiz extended her hitting streak to nine games and recorded multiple hits in three of her last four contests. She batted .500 (11-for-22) on the week. Four of those 11 hits went for extra bases including two triples. She also scored a team-high seven runs. On the year, Ortiz is hitting .343 with 23 total hits and has scored 20 runs for the Lady Braves.

Pitcher of the Week
Ashley Higgins
So. | 5-3 | West Columbia, Texas

The sophomore lefty went 3-0 in her last three starts, winning two games against Jackson State and throwing her first collegiate no-hitter against Jarvis Christian. In her first start vs. Jackson State, she allowed five earned runs in 5.1 innings during a 7-5 win and she followed that with a complete-game outing where she allowed one run on six hits (7-1 W). In her no-hitter vs. Jarvis Christian (8-0 W), she struck out two and allowed just two base runners via walk.

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