GORHAM, Maine – Freshman Ashley Alward (Cornville, Maine/Skowhegan) of the University of Southern Maine Huskies' softball team has been named the Little East Conference Pitcher of the Week for the week ending Sunday, April 7.
Alward helped the Huskies to a 4-1 week, pitching her way to three wins, including a 9-0 (five inning) shut out victory over LEC opponent Castleton University in the Huskies' home-opener on Saturday. Alward started the week pitching five innings in a 10-1 (six inning) win over non-conference rival Salem State. The Huskies' rookie scattered six hits, all single-base hits, without a walk and picked up five strikeouts.
In her second win of the week, Alward pitched USM to a 10-4 win over in-state rival University of New England. Again striking out four, Alward pitched 6.1 innings allowing three earned runs on eight hits without issuing a walk. Against Castleton, Alward picked up her second shut out victory of the season, limiting the Spartans to just one hit in five innings. Alward struck out five and walked one in the victory.
For the week, Alward went 3-0 with a solid 1.94 earned run average allowing five earned runs over 18.0 innings pitched while amassing 14 strikeouts.
Southern Maine is scheduled to host\ Little East Conference foe UMass Boston on Tuesday (3:00 pm) in a doubleheader.
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