Arielle Cooper Alyssa White
One Eastern softball veteran and one rookie were recognized by the Little East Conference in its weekly awards program, through games of March 24.
Senior All-America third baseman Arielle Cooper (Mystic) was recognized with a weekly award for the fourth time in her career when she was selected LEC Player-of-the-Week after batting .682 through the first six games of the season at the National Training Center in Clermont, FL. In the second weekly report of the season, freshman Alyssa White (Colchester) was named LEC Rookie-of-the-Week after batting .429 (6-for-14) with eight RBI and two runs scored.
A two-time Player-of-the-Week as a junior and one-time Rookie-of-the-Week as a freshman, Cooper is 15-for-22 with nine RBI and nine runs scored for the Warriors, who are 3-3. Cooper, alternating as leadoff and No. 3 hitter in the order, has four doubles, a triple and two home runs with a 1.227 slugging percentage and a .680 on-base percentage. She has had at least two hits in every game and at least one RBI in every game. Against Union College and SUNY New Paltz Saturday, she homered in each game - her 25th and 26th career home runs, which pulled her to within two of tying the career record.
A starter at in all five games in which she has appeared, the left-handed hitting White tied the program's 35-year-old record with seven RBI, four coming on a walk-off grand slam with two out in the bottom of the seventh of a 12-8 win over Fontbonne University. Having batted in the No. 5 through 8 spots in the order thus far, White added another RBI in the second game of the day in an 8-4 loss to Middlebury College. In addition to six hits, White has walked twice and reached on a hit-by-pitch. She has a .529 on-base percentage and .714 slugging percentage.