MELBOURNE, FL - Following a 3-1 season-opening road trip to South Carolina, Florida Southern has landed the Sunshine State Conference Player of the Week with centerfielder Shannon Bell winning that award for the first time in her career. The senior from Plant City, Florida led the Moccasins with a .462 batting average, two home runs and five RBI as they split one doubleheader with Francis Marion and swept another with South Carolina-Aiken.
Bell hit safely in three of the four games played, and she still had a sacrifice fly and one RBI in the one game she didn't. Overall, she was 6-for-13 with one walk and a .467 on-base percentage in addition to her .462 average. Bell started the trip by going 1-for-3 in each game of the Francis Marion doubleheader, and her 2-run homer in the nightcap put Florida Southern ahead 2-0 in the top of the third inning. She later walked and scored the final run of the game as the Moccasins defeated the Patriots 6-3 for their first win of the season.
One day later, Bell drove in one run with a sacrifice fly in game one, an 8-0 run-rule victory over USC-Aiken, before going 4-for-4 in game two. Her home run leading off the top of the fourth inning provided the Mocs with their first run of a 5-0 victory and she later capped the scoring with an RBI single in the top of the seventh. That also finished off the second 4-hit game of her Florida Southern career.
In the field, Bell handled all five chances hit her way, one of them a long running catch in the last game of the road trip that took an extra-base hit away from the Pacers in the bottom of the seventh inning and helped preserve the shutout.