COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Texas A&M softball freshman Abby Donnell had the best week of her young career en route to Southeastern Conference Freshman of the Week honors, announced by the conference office today.
Donnell (Wichita Falls, Texas) led the Aggies on the week with five RBI as she became a regular in the batting order at designated player. The rookie baffled No. 14 Georgia’s best pitchers as she hit .467 on the week and added two saves in the circle to continue to lead the league with four saves and 14 games in relief on the season.
Practically a stranger to opponents’ offensive scouting reports, Donnell went 7-for-15 at the plate vs. Northwestern State and Georgia, picking up her first extra-base hits – a double and a home run – of the season. In the Aggies’ extra-inning loss to UGA in game one of the series, Donnell contributed the game-tying RBI as well as a solo home run and an infield single. The freshman added two RBI on two hits in game two as Texas A&M evened the series with the Bulldogs, while tossing two perfect innings in relief for the fourth save of her young career. Donnell’s five at bats, three hits and two RBI against Georgia in the game-two win were career highs for the youngster.
The Aggies started the week with a 6-3 win over Northwestern State, to which Donnell contributed two hits and an RBI at the plate, and a save in the circle. Donnell entered the Aggies’ batting order against South Carolina last weekend for the first time since February, and has made the most of her opportunities at the dish, while continuing to be reliable in the circle as the Aggies’ go-to closer.
This is the first SEC honor of Donnell’s career, and the second of the season for the Aggies. To learn more about Texas A&M softball, log on to AggieAthletics.com and follow @AggieSoftball on Twitter.