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Sims, Long Tabbed Louisville Slugger/NFCA co-Players of Week

 

N.C. State pitcher Abbie Sims and Oklahoma shortstop Savannah Long have been named the Louisville Slugger/NFCA co-National Players of the Week for the week ending Apr. 22, the association announced Wednesday. 

The honor is the third of the season for an OU player, as Long hit .385 for the week with three home runs and five RBIs in sweeps of No. 10 Baylor and Nebraska. 

The junior sparked the sweep of Baylor with a two-run home run in game two that tied the game 3-3. She snapped a five-game slump by going 2-for-3 with two RBIs in the second game of the twin bill. 

The Midwest City, Okla., native carried that momentum into the weekend, where she tied the OU single game home run record with a pair of round-trippers against the Cornhuskers. She hit a solo home run in the fourth that cut Nebraska’s lead to a single run, but the biggest home run of her career came in the seventh when she delivered a two-run walk-off home run to right center on the first pitch of the at-bat to rally the No. 3 Sooners from a 9-8 deficit. 

Sims tossed a perfect game and three complete-game shutouts as N.C. State picked up five wins on the week and moved back into the USA Today/NFCA Top 25 Softball Poll. 

She kicked off the week by hurling her second career perfect game and second no-hitter in as many starts in a victory over Campbell, striking out 14 in the winning effort. She faced 72 batters on the week, not allowing a run on eight hits with 23 strikeouts and three walks. 

Sims, who moved to 24-5 on the year, closed out the week by picking up two victories on in-state conference rival North Carolina as the Wolfpack swept a third straight ACC series and ran its school-record win streak to 15 games. 

The senior opened the three-game set with the Tar Heels by hurling a complete-game shutout in which she surrendered three hits and struck out seven. The Artesia, N.M., native clinched the sweep the following day as she hurled another complete-game blanking, allowing five hits while striking out a pair.