SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – After recording three consecutive complete game shutouts, freshman Alex Pingree was named the Big West Pitcher of the Week, the league announced Monday afternoon. She started three of the Gauchos' five games this past week, earning a pair of wins over UC Davis and another at Cal Poly.
Every victory was hard earned as each game was decided by 1-0 scores. Against Cal Poly, she didn't allow a single runner to reach scoring position and tossed four perfect innings. She also sealed her own victory against the Mustangs by striking out the last two batters.
In her first game against UC Davis, she only allowed two hits, both of which were bunts. She showed poise in many instances in her second matchup with the Aggies, especially in the top of the fourth inning. With the game tied at zero and only one out, UC Davis was threatening to score with two runners in scoring position, but Pingree retired the next two batters with a strikeout and a lineout to the shortstop. UC Davis registered eight runs off 11 hits in the first game of the series, but they were scoreless and only had seven hits when Pingree was in the circle.
She is currently 6-2 and sports the team's best ERA with a 1.72 mark.
The Gauchos will continue their season this Wednesday as they look to sweep Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo. They will spend their weekend series at Long Beach State.