Francis Marion University junior infielder Ashtyn Patterson has been named the Peach Belt Conference Softball Player of the Week, for the week of Feb. 10-16, while shortstop Megan Matsil has been chosen the Freshman of the Week.
This marks the third consecutive week a Patriot has been named the PBC's Freshman of the Week.
Patterson batted .750 (9-for-12) in five games for the Patriots with six runs scored, three doubles, a triple, and seven runs batted in. The Andersonville, Tenn., native posted multiple-hit games in four of the five contests and registered an on-base percentage of .800 and a slugging percentage of 1.167, while leading FMU to five wins. She had a pair of three-RBI games in the tournament.
Patterson ranks second in the conference in on-base percentage (.667), doubles (5), and walks (10); fourth in batting (.516); fifth in runs scored (14) and hits (16); and 11th in RBIs (11). She has struck out only twice in 46 plate appearances.
Matsil hit .462 last week with five runs scored and six RBIs, while extending her hitting streak to six games. On Saturday, the Indian Trail, N.C., native had the game-winning 2-run single in a 6-4 win over Chowan University and had a two-hit, three-RBI performance in a 15-0 blanking of Mars Hill University. She also recorded a .533 on-base percentage in the five games.
Her season average is .317 and she leads the PBC in being hit by pitches (5), while ranking 11th for both RBIs (11) and runs scored (11). She has fanned only three times in 49 trips to the plate.
Francis Marion (12-1) is off to its best start since 2009. The Patriots are scheduled to play a non-conference doubleheader at Catawba College on Wednesday at 1 p.m. FMU will then host the Swamp Fox Sizzler Tournament this coming Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at the FMU Softball Stadium. On Friday, FMU will play Queens University of Charlotte at 5 p.m. Daily admission is $8 for adults, $5 for students, and FMU students are admitted free with identification.
Patterson is a product of Union County High School, and transferred to FMU this past summer from Carson-Newman University. She is majoring in elementary education (art).
Matsil is a graduate of Porter Ridge High School, where she earned both All-State and All-District honors. She is a biology major.