Feb. 24, 2014
BIG EAST Player of the Week
Nicole Pihl, DePaul, Fr., 1B
In five games at the NFCA Leadoff Classic in Clearwater, Fla., Pihl batted .462 with seven RBI and three home runs. Her first career homer came as a pinch hitter in a 2-2 game in the sixth inning against UMass, with Pihl’s two-run shot proving to be the game winner. Her very next at bat was another jack, this one for three runs in a five-inning rout of UConn. She was named to the All-Tournament Team at the conclusion of the weekend. Pihl is the second consecutive Blue Demon to be tabbed BIG EAST Player of the Week.
BIG EAST Pitcher of the Week
Leah Bry, Butler, Sr., RHP
In three games at the Frost Classic in Chattanooga, Tenn., Bry went 2-1 with a 0.90 earned run average. In 20 innings in the circle, she allowed just two earned runs, striking out 23 and walking five. She was credited with a complete-game shutout over Radford, fanning 10 in the 2-0 victory. Bry’s lone setback came against Northwestern State, in which she gave up just one earned run. This is her first career BIG EAST weekly award.
Hannah Penna, DePaul, Sr., P
Penna went 2-0 in the circle, boasting a 1.31 ERA in 10.2 innings of work. She struck out 14, allowing just one extra-base hit (double) at the NFCA Leadoff Classic.
Megan Hyson, Georgetown, Jr., P/UT
Hyson went 4-for-10 in four games last weekend at the Gamecock Invitational, racking up four RBI, with three of her hits going for extra bases. She also pitched 13.0 innings for the Hoyas, giving up three earned runs and striking out eight.
Kate Poppe, Villanova, So., P/DP
Poppe went 3-1 in the circle last weekend at the FGCU Tournament, boasting a 1.99 ERA and holding batters to a slim .180 average. Her lone setback was due to two unearned runs with the score knotted at 2-2.
Sara Haefeli, Seton Hall, Jr., OF
Alexis Cantu, Creighton, Sr., DP/P
Haefeli led the Pirate offense with a .500 batting average and a pair of extra-base hits. Her 1.000 slugging percentage was a team-high at the Arizona State Diamond Devil Invitational.
In the circle, Cantu went 1-1 including a four-hit shutout over Texas Tech. In 7.1 innings of work over the weekend, she showed a 1.91 ERA, allowing six hits and striking out seven. At the plate, she batted a team-high .364 with three RBI.