March 17, 2014
BIG EAST Player of the Week
Kaitlin Fitzgerald, St. John’s, Fr., 3B
Fitzgerald finished the Delaware Spring Invitational batting .417 (5-for-12) with a pair of doubles, six RBI, two walks and a sac fly after hitting a walk-off double in the bottom of the seventh against Robert Morris to give the Red Storm a 3-2 victory on Saturday. The freshman earned both the game-tying and game-winning RBI in that game, leading the Red Storm to a 3-1 record last weekend. This is Fitzgerald’s second consecutive BIG EAST weekly award.
BIG EAST Pitcher of the Week
Becca Changstrom, Creighton, Senior, P
In four appearances at the Rebel Spring Games, Changstrom went 3-0, putting in 23.0 innings of work. The senior hurled the first Bluejay no-hitter since 2011 with her seven-inning, 11-strikeout showing against Army on Friday. Changstrom recorded double-digit strikeouts in three-of-four appearances last weekend, boasting a 0.30 ERA and allowing just one extra-base hit. This is Changstrom’s first BIG EAST Pitcher of the Week citation.
Weekly Honor Roll
Ashley Beza, St. John’s, Senior, P
Beza finished the weekend 2-0 with a 0.82 ERA, throwing a pair of complete-game, three-hit shutouts against Robert Morris and Cornell. The senior finished with only two runs in 17.0 innings of work, striking out 10 batters while holding opponents to a .197 average.
Kristin Gutierrez, Butler, So., P/OF
Gutierrez posted a 3-1 record with a 1.73 earned run average on Butler's six-game trip to Florida. She pitched 26 innings, allowing 14 hits and five earned runs in four starts. She had 24 strikeouts and six walks, pitching back-to-back shutouts to lead Butler to wins over Iona and Boston University to close the trip.
Megan Hyson, Georgetown, Junior, P/UT
Ali Lenti, DePaul, Junior, OF
In the circle, Hyson started against Columbia and threw a three-hit shutout. In the complete game, seven-inning affair, the junior recorded 12 strikeouts, one short of her career high. At the plate she went 3-for-6 with all hits going for extra-bases (two doubles and one home run).
Lenti batted .444 at the Cal State Fullerton Titan Classic, recording multiple-hit games against Texas Tech and Canisius. Lenti’s four hits and two stolen bases tied for the team lead.
Kate Poppe, Villanova, Sophomore, P
Poppe went 1-1 with a save and a no decision in four appearances last week. She totaled 19.2 innings of work, striking out 20 while allowing just 10 hits for an opponents’ batting average of .145. She had a no-hitter broken up in the bottom of the seventh against Robert Morris.