For the second consecutive year, USC Beaufort softball pitcher Ashlie Layman has been won the first Sun Conference Pitcher of the Week award of the season.
Layman, a sophomore from Ridgeland, was selected as the league's top pitcher Monday in voting by the conference's sports information directors. It's her second such award, as she also picked up the first honors as a freshman in 2013.
The Thomas Heyward Academy product has been the workhorse for the Sand Sharks so far this season with reigning Sun Conference Pitcher of the Year Kristy Cook sidelined by illness. She has appeared in four of USCB's first six games, pitching 26 2/3 innings and compiling a 3-0 record and a 2.89 ERA.
The sophomore has won all three of her starts, including a four-hit shutout vs. St. Andrews and victories over NCAA Division I opponents Morgan State and Savannah State, to improve to 14-0 in her career.
Through Sunday's games, Layman ranked third in the nation in wins (3), innings pitched (26 2/3) and strikeouts (22).