EDISON, N.J. – Senior pitcher Emily Osterhaus (Suwanee, Ga.) was honored by the MAAC in the conference’s weekly award announcement on Monday as the Pitcher of the Week. The conference’s top pitcher each of the last two weeks, she was recognized for her efforts in the circle versus Fairfield and Hofstra.
In a week where Marist faced three of the Northeast’s best softball programs, the senior captain was heavily relied upon by the Red Foxes to carry the load in the circle. In each and every one of her appearances, Osterhaus threw complete games and allowed one or less earned runs. After going head-to-head with 2012 All-American Olivia Galati in a non-conference duel at Hofstra on April 4 and Osterhaus was called upon to throw all 17 innings of Sunday’s MAAC opening doubleheader versus Fairfield. In all three occasions, the right-hander kept her opponents’ offenses contained and off balance enough to give Marist a chance to win each contest. For the week, Osterhaus threw 23.0 innings and allowed just two earned runs for a 0.61 ERA, while striking out 10 combined batters and posting a 2-1 record. She augmented her pitching line with a flawless fielding percentage of 1.000 as she went 15-for-15 in defensive opportunities.
This honor is the sixth of Osterhaus’ career, as she earned Pitcher of the Week awards in 2013 (March 12 and April 1), 2011 (2) and one Rookie of the Week nod in 2010.
During the 2013 season, the Marist softball team has garnered six weekly awards as Osterhaus, a three-time winner, is joined by teammates Melanie White (Pitcher of the Week, 3/18) Janine Lalli (Pitcher of the Week, 3/5) and Kyrsten Van Natta (Rookie of the Week, 3/5).
Marist (11-15) will be back in action on Wednesday, April 10 with a doubleheader matchup at home versus Lafayette; Game One is slated for a 3 p.m. start.