MANSFIELD, Mass. – For the third-straight week, a member of the Saint Anselm College softball team was named the Northeast-10 Conference Pitcher of the week, as freshman Courtney Fisher earned the accolade on Monday.
Fisher's recognition came after sophomore Morgan Perry had collected the award in each of the last two weeks and was the second weekly award for Fisher, who was named NE10 Rookie of the Week on Mar. 5. Saint Anselm has had four of this season's 10 NE10 Pitchers of the Week (Perry – 3, Fisher – 1).
Fisher earned the victory in each of her three appearances last week for Saint Anselm, allowing just two runs (both unearned) over 16.1 innings in the circle. She allowed just 12 hits in the 16.1 innings while walking two and striking out 12.
In her first appearance of the week, Fisher hurled a three-hit shutout with no walks and four strikeouts in a 4-0 win over Saint Michael's on Wednesday. Two days later, she surrendered an unearned run on one hit with a walk and four strikeouts in 3.1 innings of relief during a 7-6 walk-off victory against Bentley. Fisher concluded the week with six innings of one-run ball against the Falcons on Saturday, again walking just one with four punch outs.
Dating back to Mar. 25, Fisher is 7-1 with a 1.69 ERA in her last 10 appearances (nine starts) and has allowed just 49 hits and eight walks with 44 strikeouts in 62.0 innings. In 23 appearances (18 starts) this season, she is 12-5 with a 2.18 ERA in 125.1 innings and her 12 wins are the most by a Saint Anselm rookie since Andrea Messina '03 went 18-8 in 2000. The 12 victories lead all NE10 rookies this season and are sixth overall in the conference. She also ranks in the NE10's top 10 in innings (fifth, 125.1), complete games (fifth, 14) and ERA (eighth, 2.18).
Riding an eight-game winning streak, Saint Anselm looks to make it nine in a row this afternoon with a 4 p.m. game at Assumption. The Hawks have won 18 of their last 20 games since Mar. 25 and were ranked No. 2 in the East Region by the NCAA last week. The second set of NCAA Regional Rankings will be released this Tuesday, Apr. 24.