McNamara earns third State Farm MVC Pitcher of the Week award

    McNamara is 7-1 with a 0.17 ERA this season

    McNamara is 7-1 with a 0.17 ERA this season
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    March 16, 2009

    By Kyle Herm
    www.SIUSalukis.com

    ST. LOUIS -The Missouri Valley Conference announced senior Katie McNamara as this week's State Farm MVC Pitcher of the Week for the third time on Monday.

    McNamara (Putnam Valley, N.Y., Putnam Valley HS) continued her scintillating season with a win and 10 strikeouts, while only allowing two hits in 6 1/3 innings of work in the conference-opening series against Drake.

    She entered the series opener in the fifth inning and struck out six of the seven batters she faced to hold the Bulldogs without a hit or base runner the final 2 1/3 innings. McNamara followed the strong relief outing with a four-inning, two-hit shutout performance in the series finale to earn her seventh win of the year.

    She finished the day on a high note by striking out the side in the fourth inning right after the Salukis had taken a 3-0 lead in the third.

    Through 41 2/3 innings tossed this season, the senior lefty has only allowed one earned run for an impressive league-best 0.17 ERA with 46 strikeouts.

    This is McNamara's third career pitcher of the week distinction after being honored in back-to-back weeks this season on Feb. 16 and 23. The SIU pitching staff has also won four of the six weekly pitching accolades this year, and holds the conference's best ERA at 1.43.

     

     

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