April 21, 2014
NEW YORK, N.Y. - For the first time in her career, sophomore pitcher Kate Poppe (Downingtown, Pa.) cements her name as the BIG EAST Pitcher of the Week, which was announced by the conference offices Monday afternoon.
"I am really happy for her to receive this honor. She is one of the top pitchers in the BIG EAST, no doubt," Villanova head coach Maria DiBernardi said. "As this team matures we are starting to give her the run support to make her job a little easier. Kate works hard every outing and I'm glad she was recognized for her efforts."
The sophomore righty tossed 15.2 innings in a three-game series, going 2-1 with a league best 1.34 ERA during the week. She finished with 17 strikeouts and held runners to .190 hitting, both league-best marks.
Poppe has been overwhelming opposing teams all season, holding hitters to a BIG EAST best .174 batting average with 223 strikeouts. She is second in the conference with a 1.89 ERA in 170.1 innings pitched.
In the national rankings, Poppe is ranked seventh in strikeouts, 15th in hits allowed per seven innings (4.32) and 17th in strikeouts per seven innings (9.2).
Villanova concludes its three-game home series versus Seton Hall Tuesday at 2:30 p.m.
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