Pitcher of the Week #1
Mississippi State’s season got off to a strong start going 4-0 in the Bulldog Kickoff Classic. A lot of that success can be attributed to senior pitcher Holly Ward. In her opening tourney game against Mississippi Valley State she pitched Mississippi State’s first perfect game in over two decades in 10-0 five innings run ruled victory. She ended the tournament a perfect 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA giving up only two hits while striking out 18 in her two games pitched. Ward’s other win was over Missouri State by a final score of 5-0. When asked about her perfect game Ward said, “We were really excited”, “We were pumped to be back on the field again at Nusz Park. Calyn [Adams] and Mia [Davidson] behind the plate were really working for me. Mia was getting me calls left and right and blocking balls up. Calyn closed the game with me. She did a great job. Sarai [Niu] she took a beating. She told me afterwards that that was for my perfect game. It shows that they’ve got my back, and I’ve got theirs.”
Player of the Week #1
Senior catcher for the Oregon Ducks Gwen Svekis is this weeks player of the week. She played a big part in the teams 6-0 start this season in the Kajikawa Classic. She ended the weekend with a .500 batting average that included five home runs and 12 RBI’s and nine runs. I got to see the Ducks play thanks to Pac-12 Networks coverage of the tournament and they looked really strong both on offense and with their pitching. This should be another great season for them.