Shannon Smith named WKU Scholar Athlete of the year
Lady Tops senior co-captain Shannon Smith has been awarded the honor of the WKU Scholar-Athlete of the year.
Smith earned a GPA of 3.5 or higher for fall 2009. She was a 2008 ESPN The Magazine All-Academic Region IV honoree and has also been named to the Sun Belt Conference commissioner’s list three times.
“I am extremely honored to have received this award,” Smith said via text message. “It shows that all my hard work and dedication to school has paid off.”
Smith follows in the footsteps of her two sisters, Kristalyn and Ashley, who both won the award.
Kristalyn played softball for Western from 2000-2003, while Ashley played at South Carolina and plays professionally for the Philadelphia Force.
“It is also very special to receive the same award that Kristalyn won,” Smith said. “My other sister Ashley won the scholar athlete award at South Carolina so it’s nice to follow in their footsteps.”
Head Coach Tyra Perry said that Smith’s achievement is the definition of a student-athlete.
“It’s a direct indicator of how hard Shannon works and what kind of character she possesses,” Perry said.
Freshman Wagner named SBC Pitcher of the Week
Freshman pitcher Kim Wagner has been named the Sun Belt Conference Pitcher of the Week for the first time in her career after her performances against Troy this weekend.
Wagner (13-5) finished with a 0.49 ERA after giving up only seven hits and one run after 15 innings of pitching. While facing 56 batters, she walked just three and struck out eight.
“I just feel grateful to be considered for the award,” Wagner said. “It’s a good feeling since there are so many good pitchers in our conference.”
Wagner’s domination over the weekend began on Friday in game one against Troy when she pitched eight innings, giving up just one run and four hits. Later that night, she recorded her first save of her career going two innings with zero hits.
Wagner pitched 5.2 innings and gave up just three hits and no runs against the Trojans on Saturday.
“My team backed me up and made me look better this weekend so I hope we continue to do well as a team,” Wagner said.