NASHVILLE, Tenn. – For the first time in program history, a Belmont University Softball player has been named the Louisville Slugger/NFCA D1 National Player of the Week. Senior Lexi Rouse (Macon, Ga.) earned the distinction from the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) this week for shattering a 16-year old NCAA record, as announced Tuesday by the organization.
Rouse joins Miah Coe (1997) and Sherri Wright (1993, 1994), who were both named NAIA Player of the Week, as the only players in program history to garner this honor at the national level.
Rouse burst onto the national scene last week with her personal home run derby on the road at in-state foe Chattanooga. She notched her first solo shot of the week against the Mocs before the team traveled to compete in the Rafter Memorial Tournament, hosted by Kennesaw State. The senior launched a two-run homerun against Mercer to secure a 5-1 victory in Belmont's opening game of the tournament.
Later that same day, she went 3-for-3 at the plate, all solo home runs, in BU's game versus host-KSU. The outburst tied the 2002 NCAA D1 mark for most consecutive at-bats with consecutive home runs. Finally, Rouse shattered the previous record against Mercer the following day, connecting on her fifth homer of the week.
Earlier this week, she was also named the Player of the Week by the Tennessee Sports Writers Association (TSWA) for accomplishing the feat.
Rouse and the rest of the Bruins return to action on Friday for the opening of the Belmont/Tennessee State Invitational. The three-day tournament will be hosted by the Nashville crosstown rivals and runs from March 16-18.