Softball Team Named BCBSNC Blue Chip Performers 05-11-2013

GREENSBORO, N.C. – The UNCG softball team has been named this week's Blue Chip Performers sponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina. The Blue Chip Performer is chosen weekly from all sports in season and runs throughout the 2012-13 UNCG Athletics season.

The Spartans finished the 2013 Southern Conference Championship with a 3-1 record falling in the title game to Georgia Southern, 1-0, in 11 innings after a walk-off home run ended UNCG's fantastic season. 

UNCG played 57 games in the 2013 campaign earning a 38-19 record, which is the most victories since the 2003 season. Under first-year head coach Janelle Breneman, the Spartans entered the postseason as the No. 4 seed and picked up wins against Furman (W 1-0), Appalachian State (W 3-0) and Samford (W 12-2) en route to the title game.

Hosting the SoCon Tournament for the first time since 2007, the Blue and Gold received great pitching all tournament and it continued in the title game after 10 scoreless innings from redshirt junior Raeanne Hanks (Rainier, Ore./Rainier Senior). Hanks was named SoCon Tournament Most Outstanding Player after 24.2 innings pitched, allowing one earned run, two shutouts with 20 strikeouts. Hanks went 24 straight innings without giving up an earned run until the 11th inning in the championship game.

SoCon Freshman of the Year Lindsay Thomas (Irvine, Calif./Northwood) added to her record-setting home run total, blasting two home runs in the semifinal against Samford. Thomas finished her freshman campaign with 17 home runs and a team-leading .377 average landing on the SoCon All-Tournament team. 

Be sure to follow all updates about the UNCG softball season on or on twitter @UNCGsports/@UNCGsoftball.  

Blue Cross Blue Shield Of North Carolina Blue Chip Performer Weekly Winners

Sept. 4 – Hakan Ilhan, Men's Soccer
Sept. 10 – Katherine Santiago, Volleyball
Sept. 17 – Abraham Kemboi and Chelsea Sumney, Cross Country
Sept. 24 – Fanny Cnops, Women's Golf
Oct. 1 – Hakan Ilhan, Men's Soccer
Oct. 8 – Niltooli Wilkins, Women's Tennis
Oct. 15 - Jamie Simmons, Women's Soccer
Oct. 22 - Katherine Rodriguez, Women's Soccer
Oct. 29 - Paul Chelimo, Men's Cross Country 
Nov. 5 - Kelvin McNeil, Men's Basketball 
Nov. 12 - Paul Katam, Men's Cross Country
Nov. 19 – Ciara Morris, Women's Basketball
Nov. 26 – Thanksgiving Break
Dec. 3 - Trevis Simpson, Men's Basketball  
Dec. 10 - Breonna Patterson, Women's Basketball
Dec. 17 - Lucy Mason, Women's Basketball
Dec. 23 - Lucy Mason, Women's Basketball
Dec. 31 - Holiday Break
Jan. 7 - Janae' Stevenson, Women's Basketball
Jan. 14 – Derrell Armstrong, Men's Basketball|
Jan. 21 – Paul Katam, Indoor Track & Field
Jan. 28 – Trevis Simpson, Men's Basketball  
Feb. 4 - Randy Phillips, Men's Tennis 
Feb. 11 - Lindsay Thomas, Softball
Feb. 18 - Raeanne Hanks, Softball
Feb. 25 – Nicholas Paulos, Men's Basketball
March 4 - Lindsay Thomas, Softball
March 11 - Cambric Moye, Baseball
March 18 - Raeanne Hanks, Softball 
March 25 - Alex Whitehead, women's tennis
April 1 - Cambric Moye, Baseball
April 8 – Fanny Cnops, Women's Golf
April 15 - Tatiana Alcala, Softball

April 22 – Women's Golf Team
April 29 - Taylor Coalson, Men's Golf
May 6 - Christian Wolfe, Baseball
May 13 - Softball Team




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