April 6, 1999
NOTRE DAME, Ind. – Sophomore pitcher Jennifer Sharron (Agoura Hills, Calif.) has been named BIG EAST Co-Pitcher of the Week for her performances in last weekend’s sweep of Pittsburgh in the 1999 BIG EAST opener. She shares the award with University of Connecticut pitcher Megan Biddle and is the first Irish pitcher to receive such an honor this season.
Sharron, the 1998 BIG EAST Pitcher of the Year, made a successful return against Pittsburgh after injuring her ankle against Purdue (March 23) and missing nine games. She picked up both Notre Dame victories over the Panthers and had a 0.00 earned-run average, allowed two hits, no runs, and struck out nine in 6.2 innings of work.
As the starting pitcher in the first game of the doubleheader, Sharron struck out six of the 13 batters she faced and had a no-hitter going until she was relieved in the top of the fifth inning. In the second game against Pittsburgh, she relieved starting pitcher Angela Bessolo in the middle of the third inning and allowed just two hits over the next two plus innings her earn her eighth win of the season.
Sharron, who is 8-6 overall in 1999, became the first Notre Dame pitcher and first freshman to ever win the BIG EAST pitcher of the year award last year. The two-time all-state selection at Thousand Oaks High School in California also was named to the BIG EAST’s first and all-rookie teams and received BIG EAST Co-Pitcher of the Week honors April 27, 1998 for her two shutout wins over Villanova.