Miranda, from Miami, Fla., led the Hawks (35-12, 20-7 SSAC) to a crucial three-game sweep of SSAC rival Belhaven on Friday and Saturday of last week. The junior went 7-for-13 with three home runs, a double, a triple and six RBI as Shorter outscored the Blazers 21-5 over the life of the series.
Miranda opened the series on Friday with a 2-for-5, two home run performance that paced Shorter's 7-2 victory. After homering again in Shorter's 5-1 win in Saturday's opener, Miranda finished a home run away from the cycle in the series finale, when he went 4-for-5 with a double and a triple. Miranda added two RBI in that game.
On the year, Miranda leads Shorter and ranks No. 5 in the SSAC with eight home runs while also ranking No. 7 in the league with a .610 slugging percentage.
Miranda and the Hawks close out the regular season this Friday and Saturday with another important three-game conference set, this time on the road at SSAC leader and fourth-ranked Faulkner (41-9, 24-3). Shorter enters the series on a seven-game winning streak while Faulkner has won 17 in a row.
Shorter can lock up third place and a No. 3 seed in the SSAC Tournament by winning one of three in Montgomery.
Broome, a native of LaFayette, led Shorter to four conference wins last Friday and Saturday with a series of excellent performances as the Lady Hawks swept both Emmanuel and Southern Wesleyan. The conference honor is Broome's first of the season.
Broome finished the week going 9-for-14 at the plate over the four-game stretch while hitting two doubles, a triple and three home runs with eight RBI.
Broome led Shorter to a sweep of Emmanuel by going 4-for-7 in the doubleheader on Friday with a double in each game and a triple in the opener. Broome wrapped up the week with five hits in Shorter's sweep of Southern Wesleyan, a series during which she hit three homers to tie teammate Jackie Castaneda for the SSAC lead with 11 home runs on the year. Broome hit two homers and drove in four of Shorter's five runs in Shorter's 5-0 win in Game 2 against SWU.
For the season, Broome is hitting a career-high .416, ranks second in the SSAC in slugging percentage (.708), leads the league in runs scored (49), ranks second in hits (64), and is No. 1 in the SSAC with 23 stolen bases.
Broome and the 10th-ranked Lady Hawks (38-7, 18-3 SSAC) travel to Cleveland, Tenn., tomorrow, Wednesday, April 18, for a doubleheader with SSAC East Division co-leader and 12th-ranked Lee University (41-7, 18-3).
Shorter and Lee split in their doubleheader in Rome earlier in the season and should one team sweep, that team would be in sole possession of first place in the division with four league games remaining.