Lynx Brixey, Knox, Apgar earn NECC weekly awards

Lynx  Brixey, Knox, Apgar earn NECC weekly awards

ATTLEBORO, MA -- Outfielder Gabrielle Brixey was named New England Collegiate Conference Player of the Week, starter Cassandra Knox notched the league's Pitcher of the Week award for a second straight week, and shortstop Sarah Apgar's power surge earned her Rookie of the Week honors, the league announced Monday.

Brixey emerged as one of the first-place Lynx premier run producers in the heart of the Lynx order in the team's 7-0 week. The junior hit .609 with two doubles, a triple and a home run, going 3-for-3 with five runs scored in the team's 37-0 win at Southern Vermont on Thursday. She then went 3-for-3 with a three-run homer in Lesley's 11-0 win on Sunday at Bay Path.

"Gaby has a powerful bat and consistently gets on base," said Lynx head coach Jen Benway. "As a tranfer, she has been a fantastic addition to our lineup, both offensively and defensively."

Knox threw 19 scoreless innings in picking up four wins, three wins in NECC play on the week. The junior struck out 30 and walked only four, giving up only seven hits. She grounded the Nighthawks to the tune of 11 strikeouts and two hits in a complete game road win over Newbury on Saturday. A day later, she twirled a one-hitter at Bay Path, striking out 10 in her team's 11-0 win.

"Cass continues to throw hard and get big outs," said Benway. "She works very hard and remains focused. She set the tone in the circle for the rest of the team and is looked upon as a leader."

Sarah Apgar enjoyed a career week, highlighted by a game for the ages in the Lynx 17-0 win over Newbury. The shortstop crushed two grand slams in the second inning, capping a week in which the freshman hit .609 with 18 RBIs in only 23 at-bats. Having settled in against NECC pitching, Apgar slugged an astounding .957 for the week, getting on base in over 65 percent of at-bats.

"She's coming in to her own offensively," Benway said. "She's seeing the ball really well and hitting with tremendous power. She's provided a spark to our lineup, and when she gets on base, she has great speed and is making things happen.

At 17-6 and tied for first place at 8-0 in NECC play, the Lynx return to the field on Friday against Wheelock at Buckingham Field at 3:30.