March 5, 2001
Freshman righthander Kristin Schmidt (Houston, Texas) has earned her first career BIG EAST weekly pitching award. The Irish freshman was named co-pitcher-of-the-week on Monday, March 5, by the BIG EAST Conference for her performance versus Jacksonville State and UAB last weekend. Schmidt shares this week’s award with Clarisa Crowell from Virginia Tech.
Schmidt improved to 5-1 this season with two victories at the Frost Classic in Chattanooga, Tenn., March 2-3. She struck out 15 batters in 11 innings pitched, yielding just one run and scattering 10 hits. Her two impressive victories lowered her season-ERA to 1.46.
Against Jacksonville State on Friday, March 2, Schmidt pitched 6.1 innings, striking out eight and giving up just one run.
Facing UAB on Saturday, March 3, (the Blazers entered the game 2-0 in the tournament) Schmidt used her change-up to baffle hitters all afternoon. She struck out seven in the first four innings and gave up just three hits.
Schmidt has combined with Jen Sharron (Agoura Hills, Calif.) to post an 11-1 record and 1.06 team ERA as Notre Dame’s two top starting pitchers. Both hurlers also have combined to post 91 strikeouts this season.