SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Sophomore Kaitlyn Yerby was named the Big Sky Conference Softball Pitcher of the Week today after helping Sacramento State to a 4-1 record last week, including a three-game sweep of league opponent North Dakota.
Yerby, a left-hander from Modesto, Calif., earned victories in two of the team's four wins. In two starts, she finished the week 2-0 with two complete games, a shutout and a 0.50 ERA. In 14.0 innings, Yerby allowed just one run on 15 hits while issuing two walks and striking out four batters. During those 14 innings, she also gave up just two extra base hits and both were doubles.
In Tuesday's 4-0 win over Princeton, Yerby tossed the first shutout of her collegiate career, allowing just six hits (five singles) with one walk and two strikeouts. She threw 93 pitches, and faced just six batters over the minimum. After allowing a pair of singles in both the first and second innings, she retired 16 of the final 19 batters she faced spanning the second through the seventh innings.
In Friday's 5-1 victory against North Dakota, Yerby threw seven effective innings. She was not dominant, allowing nine hits over seven innings, but issued just one walk and worked her way out of jams. In fact, UND stranded 12 runners on base, and went just 2-for-15 with runners in scoring position.
Yerby is now 2-1 with a save and a 2.22 ERA this season. Of her seven appearances, four have been starts and three have come in relief. She has allowed one run or less in five straight appearances, and has a 1.03 ERA during that span.
Sacramento State (14-14, 3-0) has won four straight and six of the last seven games, and currently sits all alone in first place in the Big Sky standings. The Hornets will play their final non-conference game of the season on Wednesday at Cal before hosting Southern Utah for a three-game conference series on Friday and Saturday.