SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- For the fourth time in five weeks, Sacramento State senior pitcher Nicole Deatherage was named Pacific Coast Softball Conference Pitcher of the Week, it was announced today by the league.
Deatherage, who has also earned the honor for three-consecutive weeks, continued her torrid pace last week by going 2-0 with two complete games and a 0.00 ERA in two starts. The Cameron Park, Calif., native has now allowed just two earned runs over her last 76.2 innings pitched, lowering her season-best ERA to 0.71.
Last Tuesday, she struck out a career-high 12 batters while allowing just three hits in seven innings in the Hornets'' win over Tennessee State. She came back later in the week to record a victory over 18th-ranked Pacific, allowing the Tigers just one unearned run and five hits in seven innings.
Over her last 11 appearances, Deatherage has posted a 0.18 ERA, and easily has the PCSC''s best ERA (Loyola Marymount''s Krystal Kehr is second with a 1.11). The right-hander now has 12 complete games and four shutouts in 14 starts this season. In addition, she has walked just 17 batters while striking out 83 in 109.0 innings of work.
Deatherage is currently 9-6 this season after beginning the year with a 1-3 mark. Including a no-hitter against Long Island, she has not allowed more than five hits in a start since Feb. 20, and opponents are hitting a minuscule .183 against her this season.
Sacramento State (18-16), which has won 14 of its last 21 games after beginning the year 4-9, returns to action on Tuesday, March 30, as the team travels to Nevada for a doubleheader beginning at noon. The Hornets will play the Wolf Pack four times in the next nine days.