Haylie McCleney Earns SEC Softball Honor

Alabama is having only so-so luck in getting softball pitchers honored by the Southeastern Conference, but in the second week of the season an established Crimson Tide star has been selected the SEC Player of the Week.

There will likely be a number of weeks where Alabama star Haylie McCleney is the SEC Player of the Week. Last week, the junior led the Crimson Tide offense with a .571 batting average, 12 hits and 11 runs batted in.

McCleney was selected to the Stanford Invitational All-Tournament team as the Crimson Tide improved its record to 11-1.

McCleney delivered at least one hit in five of Bama’s six games last week and had four multi-hit games. Five of her 12 hits were for extra bases (four doubles, one triple). She scored a career high four runs and drove in a season-high four in a 15-6 win over Stanford.

She scored from third on a fly out to shallow left field for the winning extra inning run against Cal-Poly.

McCleney matched her four-RBI performance in the tournament finale against Pacific. She was 3-3 with a pair of doubles in that win.

The Morris native leads the Tide with a .568 batting average (21-37), seven doubles, and 15 RBI. She is 11-12 in stolen bases and has drawn seven bases on balls, giving her a .660 on-base percentage.

She has a career batting average of .463, on-base percentage of .557, and stolen base success rate of .938.

After the first week of the season Alabama sophomore pitcher Sydney Littlejohn got a share of the SEC Pitcher of the Week. It’s hard to figure what Littlejohn could have done to get the award by herself. All she did was deliver the second perfect game in Bama softball history.

Florida’s Lauren Haeger is this week’s SEC Pitcher of the Week and LSU freshman pitcher Allie Walljasper is the SEC Freshman of the Week, both beating out Alabama freshman Alexis Osorio, who had a no-hitter against Pacific. The only batter to reach base against Osorio was on an error.

This week, Alabama heads to Birmingham to play UAB at 6 p.m. Tuesday before returning to Tuscaloosa for the first time this year to host the Easton Bama Bash, starting on Friday. Alabama welcomes three teams that all made the NCAA Tournament last season: No. 8 Michigan, James Madison, and Lipscomb.


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