Spartanburg, S.C. – After hitting .800 over four games and leading the USC Upstate softball team to a 4-0 start to the 2013 season, standout sophomore shortstop Maddison Kieffer has been named the A-Sun Player of the Week.
It marks the first time in her career that she has won player of the week honors from the A-Sun.
"I am really excited that Maddie has received the recognition she deserves," said Upstate head coach Chris Hawkins. "She was a leader in our program last year as a freshman and we expect great things from her. She certainly led us to the success we had this past weekend. She was just great throughout the four games and led us to four wins. I couldn't be more proud of her, and happy for her, that she earned player of the week honors."
Kieffer, from Middleburg, Fla., was simply outstanding over the weekend in leading Upstate to a 4-0 start and the championship of the Subway Upstate Classic hosted by Upstate at Cyrill Stadium. She finished the weekend hitting .800 (8-for-10) with four doubles, two RBIs and six runs. She had an .833 on-base percentage and a 1.200 slugging percentage with four of her eight hits coming as doubles. She also made several key defensive plays throughout the weekend en route to earning tournament Most Valuable Player honors.
Kieffer was the catalyst for the team in the season opener against Maine Saturday. Hitting in the sixth hole, she doubled in her first at bat of the season to spark Upstate and the Spartans went on for a 5-1 victory. She finished the game 2-for-3 with two runs and an RBI. In the second game of the day, she was 2-for-2 with a run and a walk in the 7-1 win over UMKC. She finished the weekend going 2-for-2 with a run in the 14-0 trouncing of N.C. Central, then was 2-for-3 with two runs and an RBI in the 9-0 win over Western Carolina Sunday afternoon.
Kieffer gained hold of the starting position at shortstop as a freshman last year and started 48 of the 51 games she played. She hit .295 last year and is the leader of the infield unit again this season.