SOUTH PRINCE GEORGE, Va. -- Richard Bland College freshman softball standout outfielder and pitcher Brooklynn Bilyard/Culpeper has been named the Athletics Department's Athlete of the Week for the period May 3-9. She helped the Statesmen win three of five games at the 2017 NJCAA Region 10 Tournament May 5-6 in Burlington, North Carolina, finishing as tournament runners-up. At the plate, Bilyard hit .429 (6-14) with a grand slam home run, one triple, eight runs, 10 RBIs, three walks, two sacrifice flies and a stolen base in the five games. In the circle, she was 2-1 with a 3.31 earned run average and 13 strikeouts over 12.2 innings with one complete game in four appearances, including one start.
Bilyard started 38 of 39 games for Richard Bland (25-21) this season with a .413 batting average (52-126), six home runs (two grand slams), two triples, 12 doubles, 41 runs, 50 RBIs, 12 walks and 10 stolen bases. She added a .455 on-base percentage and a .683 slugging percentage, along with a .981 fielding percentage (53 chances, 40 putouts, 12 assists) in center field and in the circle … where she posted a 9-3 record with a 3.12 ERA and 86 strikeouts (7.25) over 83.0 innings with seven complete games and four shutouts in 23 appearances, including 12 starts and two saves. Bilyard led the team in stolen bases and sac files, as well as pitching wins, ERA, strikeouts, shutouts and saves. She was second on the team in batting average and RBIs, as well as innings pitched, appearances and complete games. Bilyard earned All-Region 10 First Team honors as both an outfielder and a pitcher.
This is the second time that Bilyard has been selected for the weekly honor, as she previously garnered the award for the period February 15-21, when she was also named the NJCAA Division II Player of the Week. Brooklynn was named to the Athletic Director's Academic Excellence List for attaining a 3.13 grade point average during the 2016 fall semester, as well.
Please click on this link for Brooklynn's full biography. Athletes of the Week are chosen by members of the Richard Bland Athletics Department.