Changstrom Collects BIG EAST Pitching Honor

Becca Changstrom, Creighton

Becca Changstrom, Creighton

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
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).



Ali Lenti, DePaul, Junior, OF
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.