May 7, 2012
IRVING, Texas – Andi Williamson has been named Conference USA Pitcher of the Week after she threw three straight shutouts against UCF to help Marshall finish third in conference.
Williamson threw all 24 innings of action against the Knights to pick up three victories. She held the conference foe off the scoreboard all weekend while striking out 19 and allowing just six hits each day (three in each game Saturday and six on Sunday).
“What Andi accomplished this weekend was exceptional. Her performance was remarkable as she threw 24 shutout innings against a red-hot team (UCF) that was coming off a win over No. 3 Florida and a sweep of Houston,” said Marshall head coach Shonda Stanton.
Her performance helped the Thundering Herd secure the three seed in the Conference USA Softball Championship. MU will play East Carolina in the first round of the tournament on Thursday at 5:30 p.m. ET in Birmingham, Ala.
The West Virginia native collected her 23rd win of the season, tying her for the most single-season wins for a Marshall pitcher. She concludes the regular season as the leader in conference for earned run average (1.47), opposing batting average (.187), and wins. Her opponents’ batting average is the lowest in any single-season for a Herd pitcher and the first to be below .200. Additionally, Williamson’s strikeout total of 129 in conference games leads the league.
“After going the distance on Saturday, she came out on Sunday and stayed strong through extra innings,” Stanton said. “It was an all-around team effort and the defense really backed her up with an errorless weekend.”
This was Williamson’s second such award this year. She previously earned the honor after her performance in Cougar Classic during the second weekend of the season in February.