CHARLOTTE, N.C. (www.BigSouthSports.com) – Charleston Southern freshman Amanda Matsumoto (Palatine, Ill.) has been selected as the Big South Conference Choice Hotels Softball Player of the Week for games played the opening weekend of the 2014 softball season, it was announced today by the Conference office.
Matsumoto batted .545 (6-for-11) with a .545 on-base percentage, five runs scored and five stolen bases to help Charleston Southern to a 3-0-1 record. The freshman started her career with a triple, RBI and a run scored in the Buccaneers 5-1 victory over Maryland-Eastern Shore. She added another hit, a run and a stolen base in the 2-1 win against UNC-Wilmington. In CSU's second meeting of the weekend with UMES, Matsumoto recorded her first career multi-hit game (2-for-3) while adding three stolen bases and two runs. She followed that up with another 2-for-3 game at the plate with a run scored in a 5-5 tie against Elon.
"We got off to a solid start as a team this weekend and Amanda played a huge part in that success," commented CSU head softball coach Shane Winkler. "Her speed is going to continue to put pressure on opposing defenses as it did all weekend, and we'll continue to rely on her setting the table for the top of our order throughout the season. She's a fun player to coach and watch play."
Matsumoto and the Buccaneers will look to continue their early season success next weekend as the Buccaneers host their second Charleston Southern Tournament next weekend, taking on St. Bonaventure, Maine and Jacksonville State from February 14-16.