Northwestern State’s Delafield named Southland Conference Hitter of the Week

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NSU's E.C. Delafield went 5-for-8 with two home runs, a triple and six RBIs in a series sweep of Abilene Christian. Chris Reich/NSU Photographic Services

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Northwestern State sophomore designated player E.C. Delafield was named the Southland Conference Hitter of the Week, the league announced Monday.

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Delafield went 5-for-8 as NSU (13-13, 5-1 SLC) swept Abilene Christian in the second league series of the season.

The Stonewall native provided six RBIs and four runs scored as she was an offensive engine that slugged 1.625.

“It’s awesome for (Delafield) to get this kind of recognition, and she was part of a lineup that had production from top to bottom this weekend,” Pickett said. “She’s stepped into that designated player and has been huge for us in the middle of our lineup.

“Her home run in the first game was big for us because it pushed our lead out for the first win of the series.”

The weekly hitting honor is NSU’s second of the season after freshman Alexis Perry took home the award on Feb. 26.

Three of Delafield’s five hits went for extra bases — a home run and a triple that was part of a 7-2 win in the opener before she delivered a home run in the 9-0 finale win.

The pair of home runs were Delafield’s first in her career.

Delafield set the offensive tone for the series when her second-inning triple gave NSU a 2-0 lead in the opener. ACU hung around down 5-2 and threatened to take momentum, but Delafield crushed a two-run home run that sealed the win.

Her solo home run in the finale also started the scoring.

With the fantastic weekend, Delafield raised her season batting average to .341 and has 10 RBIs as she’s cemented herself in the heart of the NSU lineup.

NSU returns to action Wednesday when they host Louisiana Tech in a 6 p.m. contest. The Lady Demons get back into conference play with a weekend series at McNeese starting Friday.